A $20 Value!
Thank you for visiting my 1000th post on The Recovering Legalist! This is such a special occasion for me!
It’s been so much fun sharing my two cents on the world-wide web. When I did the math (I wasn’t bad with elementary numbers), one thousand posts equal 2,000 cents worth of wisdom. If my calculations are correct, the total monetary value of the wisdom and insight contained in this blog is worth a total of $20.
But you’ve gotten a lot over the last six (6) years, wouldn’t you say? 2 cents here, 2 cents there…it all adds up to a virtual treasure of personal opinion.
A Few Stats
You might not be interested in this, but it might interest my grandkids one day. I just thought it would be interesting to look back over the last seven (7) years to see what was most popular.
First of all, I started blogging in 2009, but that year I only published two posts. It was literally a year later in 2010 that I started blogging on a fairly regular basis. Since then I have received a little over 107,000 recorded views and acquired over 2,600 followers. That may sound like a lot to a newbie, but it’s nothing compared to other blogs – so I don’t have a big head.
Now, I don’t know what it is about Dr. John R. Rice, but my post about him continues to be the most viewed post every year, including this one. Including that one, the following are the Top 10 Most Viewed Posts I’ve published.
All-Time Top 10 Most Viewed Posts
- “Was John R. Rice a Heretic?”
- “What to Wear to Church?”
- “The Brief Departure of a Friend”
- “Dinosaur Bones Found On Moon!”
- “Just the Sound of BB’s”
- “Does Divorce Disqualify”
- “Appetite for Comfort” (this one was featured on Freshly Pressed)
- “Recovering Legalist Meets Building 429”
- “Why Be a Legalist?”
- “Work, Work, Work”
Another interesting statistic is the most common search items. Here are the all-time Top 5 Search Terms that have led people to my blog.
All-Time Top 5 Search Terms
- What to wear to church
- Recovering legalist
- Bones on the moon*
- John r rice
*It should be noted that people do wonder what to wear to church, and what the heck a “Prostitot“ is. However, the above search terms tell another interesting truth:
I have single-handedly maintained an urban legend! There are dinosaur bones on the moon!
My Favorite Statistic
But of all the posts I’ve ever written, the most important one is what is contained under the above tab, Eternal Life. The statistics for that page say more for this blog than anything else. At least that’s what I think.
Since the Eternal Life page went active back in February of 2012, it has been viewed nearly 800 times (according to WordPress). And since we know that actual views can be more than recorded, who knows how many people have actually gone to that page and read how to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?
Regardless the number or the reason, if nothing else, just because I’ve been blogging and sharing my two cents worth, hundreds of people have taken the time to read a biblical Gospel presentation! That’s an awesome thought!
Folks, there is no question this blog has resulted in many life-long friendships. Some of you I have met in person, and that makes it even more special. Bloggers are real people, you know. I thank God for all of you!
But now that I’ve come to the 1,000 mark, what posts have been YOUR favorite? Is there one that stands out in your memory? More importantly, was there one in a thousand that made a difference in your life?
That’s what I’d really love to hear!
P.S. A special thanks should go out to all those who wrote guest posts – you had a part in that 1,000, too.
P.P.S. Monday Monkey videos were an added value, so if you subtract the guest posts from my $20 worth of opinion, then add Mr. Monkey’s, the total value of this blog’s wisdom shoots up past $39.95.
P.P.P.S. (if there is such a thing) I’m looking forward to the next 1,000!