Friday, May 27, 2011

20,000 Visits Since December 2009

On June 20, 2007 I opened a weblog entitled, “For What It’s Worth” with a post about memories of my Dad, entitled “The Giant”. The purpose of my blog was more or less an online journal which gave me opportunity to share my thoughts – not on paper, but on the net.

I had been following some other blogs at the time. Some involved the goings on of the Southern Baptist Convention, and were quite controversial in their content. They got hundreds, or in some cases thousands, of hits every day, and spawned scores of comments. While I had some interest in the goings on of the convention, I didn’t intend for my blog to be a commentary on SBC life.

I’m a bit of a political junkie, but I didn’t want my blog to be political in nature. I love sports of all kinds, but really didn’t want to use the blog as a sports forum. I’m tremendously proud of my family, and I love to brag on them. Yet I had no illusion that everyone out there in cyperspace were anxiously awaiting the latest news on my grandsons and their adventures. Like everyone else, I see humor, love, sadness, outrage, irony, and tragedy in the world around me. All these are things I thought I would write about in my electronic journal.

Someone once said opinions are like noses – everybody’s got one, and some are more outrageous than others. The value of my opinion is no more important than that of anyone else, but it is just that, my opinion. It is what it is. So I settled on a format that would simply offer some articles, essays, opinions, and observations from a Baptist pastor in the Kentucky/Ohio/West Virginia tri state area – “For What It’s Worth”.

How many total hits have we had since June 20, 2007? I do not have a clue! In December 2009 I decided to put a counter gadget on my blog, just out of curiosity to see how many visits my site was getting. Why did I wait over two years to put the counter on? Simple. I am fairly technologically challenged and it just took me that long to figure out how to insert a counter on the site. (no kidding). At any rate, I knew from some of the comments, that I was picking up new visitors from time to time, and I learned that some folks were checking in often. The counter would give me an idea of how many people were visiting the blog each day.

Early this morning we received the 20,000th hit to the blog, (since December 2009). Now, in the vast scheme of things in the blogosphere, 20,000 visits is probably small potatoes. But to this pastor, it is humbling to know that whether it be out of curiosity, enjoyment, or to just to find reason to ridicule, some folks have cared enough to stop by 20,000 times in the last year and a half. I feel honored and thankful that they have.

Thanks for visiting. I hope we can get together this way for a long time to come. If you care enough to continue to visit, I’ll continue ruminating – “For What It’s Worth”…

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