Happy Blogiversary! – It’s been six months since I started this blog so I wanted to take this week’s post to say thanks to you gracious folks who take the time to read it – and thanks to the Lord for His blessings.
During the six month period, as of my last check a few minutes ago, there have been 1,698 page views of this blog. (That statistic doesn’t mean there have necessarily been that many people who have visited. If you come to the blog and read 3 different posts that counts as 3 page views.) That’s an amazing and encouraging number to me. Not that it’s relatively outstanding – there are blogs that get that many page views every minute. It’s amazing to me that you folks have taken your time to stop and read what I’ve written. It’s encouraging in that the monthly numbers have increased each month.
The blog host (WordPress) does give other neat information, like which country the visits come from. As would be expected, the majority come from the United States. Canada comes in second, and behind them is the United Kingdom and Australia. Beyond those, with only a few each, are countries from around the world – Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, Iceland, etc. An example is the 7 views so far today – 5 from the USA, 1 from Italy and 1 from India. Another amazing thing for me to think about – all around the world!
It’s been fun to see how the internet searches from Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. have found it. The most searches have shown up relating to devils trumpets and angel trumpets, from the post and pictures I had on that. A number came through relating to black widow spiders and wind spinners. The one that Sharon and I had the most fun with was finding how many searches are made on Charlene Darling of the Andy Griffith Show and “not that one Pa, it always makes me cry”.
I thank all of you who signed up for the email notification and the RSS feed – and those who click the “like” button, and also send it along to Facebook and Twitter after reading a post (that really spreads the word). I thank those who have been able to leave comments, and encourage all to do that. But, with or without comments, I thank everyone who has given me a piece of their time to think about God with me a minute or two.
When I started the blog six months ago, for its purpose I borrowed a phrase from a Bible Study we did a few years ago – I wanted it to be “to the glory of God and the good of His people”. I pray that has been the case, and hope, with His help, that will continue.