Friday, April 17, 2009

Top ten

by John D Ramsey

I started this about a year ago, not knowing what to expect. I signed up with blogger.com, paid ten bucks for a domain name registration, and started writing. Almost immediately traffic came — not a huge amount of traffic but enough to intrigue me. I decided that if the average daily traffic persisted, then the aggregate in a year would make my efforts worthwhile.

If that defines an expectation, then I have exceeded expectations several times over. Today, I am writing less frequently than I did. Traffic keeps coming, anyway. Blogging, for me, has been worthwhile.

Looking back at the year, some posts seem to have found an audience. The Top 10 by total readers is:
  1. Faith and faithfulness
  2. God's gift of meaning
  3. Ora et labora
  4. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh
  5. Be strong and courageous
  6. Word of testimony
  7. Super lucky elephant
  8. Granny's song
  9. More magi
  10. Sacrilege
This, of course, is hardly a fair comparison. Some posts have had much more opportunity to rise to the top, having been published longer. Here then, is the weighted Top 10:
  1. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh
  2. Sacrilege
  3. God's gift of meaning
  4. Faith and faithfulness
  5. More magi
  6. Ora et labora
  7. Wrath and mercy
  8. Word of testimony
  9. Be strong and courageous
  10. Super lucky elephant
Surprisingly, not a lot changes except the order of things. “Granny’s song” was edged by “Wrath and mercy.” “Sacrilege” jumps from the bottom of the list to second place behind, “Gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

Some posts are more important to me than they are to others. The best advice I have ever written to myself is found in “Be strong and courageous.” “Word of testimony,” on both lists, was one of the last things Mom collaborated with Dad to finish before she died. Considering that Dad contributed only 6 posts to my 96 posts, a top-ten finish, suggests that Dad’s writing is more relevant even if his posting is less prolific. Speaking of Mom, my last conversation with her was regarding “Servile fearfulness.” It does not appear on either list, but its title references Shakespeare so that makes it worth something.

If there is a post that doesn’t belong on the top 10, it would be “Super lucky elephant.” You might consider reading, “Jesus, Son of David” instead. That, of course, is my opinion, and since I’ve opened the door to personal opinion to what belongs, here is a list of less-read posts (in alphabetical order) that I would consider most necessary for me to have written.
How much I shall write in the next year is unknown even to me. I do not have any plans to stop, nor do I have ambitions to write frequently. Several weeks ago, I deleted posts that I deemed as having exceeded their usefulness. None of them attracted much of an audience, and I am probably thankful for that.

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