2010 in Review — How to Find My Blog

One of the features of WordPress is it will tell you how people get to your blog. They may click a link from another blog’s blogroll, generic or from someone linking to a particular article.

The other way is to use a search engine. WordPress tells me what phrases people typed in their search engine to find my blog.

Here are the top 10 wackiest ways people found my blog using a search engine in 2010:

10. Cheese. People have found my blog by typing in a variety of “cheese” themes: Cheese wearing clothes; Christianity and cheese; Horrible cheese; novelty cheese; sci-fi cheese; psychology of cheese.

9. Sarcastic inspirational posters. This doesn’t surprise me, given that I post demotivational posters every Monday. But someone really typed that in a search engine?

8. Examples of spineless people. I’m pretty sure that they landed on this post when they used that phrase; it’s probably not what they were looking for.

7. Should a Christian be wimpy? Again, it probably led them to the post in number 8.

6. Erotic humiliation. This was very much a “what the heck” moment when I saw this. But, they probably hit the main page on a day when I quoted from the Christian Humanist blog that used the word ‘erotic’, and further down the main page was a buffy motivational poster with the word ‘humiliation’ on it. For a PG-13 blog, the fact that they found this blog using that search query is mind-boggling.

5. Never worked in a church going to seminary. Hmmmm. Best guess is they hit on my Training Up Pastors — Going to Seminary post. Just for the record, I have worked in a church and yes I’m going to seminary.

4. Riker Beard. This one made me laugh. But I did in fact write about the famous Riker Beard.

3. Cthulhu Christmas. This obviously led to the motivational poster. But people are actually googling for “Cthulhu Christmas”?

2. how canada churchs can helps me imagrate to canada. Yup. Spelled just like that. Wow. Just wow.

1. She wants to be worshipped. I have NO idea how this phrase managed to find my blog.

Random Blog Posts and Stuff

Justin Taylor has a round-up of various opinions on CT’s recent article on Al Mohler. In his first post on the article, there Justin said the article was “condescending”. For a different perspective see J. R. Daniel Kirk’s review.
I find it ironic that TGC folks want a fair and balanced portrait of Mohler, buy when they couldn’t even muster grace in their “eulogies” of Clark Pinnock, (see the comments section in particular). Oh wait, it’s not ironic. Mohler is one of “them”, he is “in”; Pinnock was not, so it’s okay to have a double-standard.

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In other Al Mohler news: Check out Roger Olson’s declaration, and Rachel Held Evans’ interaction with Mohler over creation/evolution.
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Mark Stevens has a great post about blogging, blog stats and what constitutes a “top blog”:

My conclusions is this: I think stats and rankings are over rated and ultimately misleading. They tell us nothing of a blog’s worth, nothing of the content, nothing about who visits the blog and how many of the hits are people reading posts. Stats can be made to say anything they want, I mean, aren’t 47% of stats simply made up on the spot? For instance, is Jim’s blog really the most widely read? No. Witherington, McKnight, Piper etc would have a lot more hits than any biblioblogger could ever dream of. Can someone please tell me why so many people are fascinated by the top 50 each month?

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An interesting article over at Christian Week by a nurse (and grad student at Regent) who is working at a supervised injection site in Vancouver’s East Side.

The potential loss of this pioneering charitable work, the first supervised injection site in North America, should alarm Christians. Participating in God’s redemption of Canada requires a multi-pronged approach, one that must include the basic principle of harm reduction. Do we wish all addicts were off drugs and healthily contributing to society? Of course we do. But wishing don’t make it so. And in the real world—the only world there is and the world Christ calls us to love—sometimes the best we can do, at least immediately, is make things less bad—and in the case of InSite, much less bad.

John Stackhouse has blogged about this article (he co-authored the article).

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Ever wanted to know what Babylonian sounded like? Martin Worthington from Cambridge University has put together a site with several audio clips of scholars reading Babylonian texts. From the article:

The website hosts some 30 audio files, generally a few minutes long. Among them are extracts from “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” and the “Codex Hammurabi,” one of the world’s oldest set of laws.
There are also several versions of the “Poem of the Righteous Sufferer,” a Babylonian tale that closely parallels the Biblical story of Job, and other texts, including an erotic hymn to the goddess Ishtar and an incantation to prevent dog bites.

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