One of my goals for 2017 was to resume blogging. My move to Abilene in early 2013 slowed posting; my family’s arrival in late July that year began a series of transitions that all but stopped my blogging. We spent all our emotional energy and much of our time the remainder of 2013 settling into all things new: new home, new city, new jobs, new friends, new church, new routines, and a new son in April 2014. That fall I went back to graduate school and completed a library degree in August 2016.
While I managed to generate a few posts in 2015-2016, the output really stagnated. The numbers, though, did not. I managed through regular posting in 2011 and 2012 to build a readership that topped 17,000 hits per year in both 2012 and 2013, up dramatically from about 6500-8000 per year in 2009-2010 and 3400 in 2008. Overall, page views moderated to about 10,000 per year (from about 4500 discrete users) in 2014-2016. This was a decline, but a net gain of some 2000 page views more per year than the previous two years, with virtually no additional posts. Yes, the number of hits dropped off, but much to my surprise they did not tank. In fact, many posts about various Nashville Churches of Christ (congregations, persons, subjects, issues, etc.) kept generating hit after hit through Google searches. I take it to mean that the material I blog about is of interest. Ain’t none of this viral, but it seems folks are already looking for it, and they find it here. In 2006-2007 when I began blogging more and more about Nashville Churches of Christ history I would not have predicted my readership map a decade later (after almost three years of inactivity) would look like this:
Obviously the bulk of my readership is located in the US, but these countries are represented in 2017:
|Trinidad & Tobago||6|
|Hong Kong SAR China||1|
Top Ten posts (with page views) for 2017 are:
3. David Lipscomb: A Bibliography: 209
6. About: 145
7. Helpful Lectio Divina Quotes: 116
9. The Spoken Word: 93
10. The Written Word: 83
The top spot goes again to Chris Cotten, whose guest post about noninstitutional first reads has proven to be the most enduringly popular post on my blog. He has had the top spot each year for almost a decade now. I can only surmise I should post less and garner more traffic, or simply redirect to his blog. Congratulations again Chris! In all seriousness, over the years I have made overtures to a few people for guest posts like Chris’ and no one has taken me up on the offer.
The remainder of the top ten list suggests I should spend more time in these areas:
- Assemble resources readers might find useful
- Add resources to my About Me, Spoken Word and Written Word pages
- Continue Nashville history including the oddball artifact, ephemera, or document
The most popular tags and categories are also revealing (also with page views or clicks):
- Nashville Churches of Christ: 221
- David Lipscomb: 209
- Nashville Bible School and Gospel Advocate: 208 each
- Nashville history: 207
- James A. Harding: 206
- Nashville Stone-Campbell sites: 204
- Joe McPherson, State and Local History, and David Lipscomb College: 196 each
Perhaps the most symbolic statistic reached this year is that in 2017 discrete visitors topped 25,000 (as of now 25,468 viewers) and total page views reached 101,196.
If you are brand new, welcome, take a look around. If you are a regular, thank you for reading, even if my pace has been a bit off these last four years. I make no promises for 2018. I would like to blog more regularly, and I think I will have a wider margin that can allow for it. I even have some concrete ideas. So let’s try to resume. I invite you to read along with me this year.