2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010. It delivered me a few surprises. I’ll let the stats helper monkeys speak and then comment a bit after that:

Here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 271 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 20 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was May 21st with 149 views. The most popular post that day was Amo, Amas, I love a lass ….

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, masson.us, digg.com, fatherstephen.wordpress.com, and aoiusa.org.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for teetotaler, christopher hitchens brother christian, gay celibacy, tipsy teetotaler, and andrew farley emergent church.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Amo, Amas, I love a lass …May 2010


Conscientious Objector to the Culture WarsMarch 2010


“Fervently Catholic, proudly gay, happily celibate”June 2010


Tipsy/Reader JohnMarch 2010


“New Atheist” Christopher Hitchens’ Christian Brother, PeterMarch 2010


I’m stunned that Amo, Amas, I love a lass got the most views. Did people think I’d “gotten a roving eye” or something? Or were people Googling for “Portugese National Anthem?” Wow!

The number 2 and 3 slots are not surprising, as they touch “hot button issues.”

One think I’ve learned over the last ten or so months is that, for me, blogging is kind of like writing a journal, only less disciplined. As kindred spirit Steve Robinson writes in his masthead at Pithless Thoughts:

Well, of course its about my life and stuff I think about. Just like a quadzillionbazillion other bloggers. I’m obsessed with God. I love beauty, enjoy absurdity, dance with despair, seek silence, and think everyone is goofy. Here’s my world and what I think of it….

If I ever get back to Phoenix, I’ve gotta look Steve up.

Another spiritual brother is John at Notes from a Common Place Book may have a better term than “journal:”

Common-place Book: n. a book in which common-places, or notable or striking passages are noted; a book in which things especially to be remembered or referred to are recorded.

Also unlike a journal, one writes with awareness that others are looking and should be spared TMI (“too much information” — say, blurting out something that really should be kept private). Tim Ferris, whose book The Four Hour Body I’ve been reading, sometimes commits TMI. But he’s a “life hacker” — a relentless self-experimenter, and the line between full disclosure of results and TMI is thin one when the writer is reporting experiments on his own body.

Thanks to all my readers — faithful (if any there be; I don’t obsess about follower counts) and occasional — and especially to commenters who have, at least modestly, sharpened my thoughts on a few topics this year. And I’ve had no problem with trolls who, once approved to comment, abused it thereafter. I have no big news for 2011. I may tweet a bit more and blog a bit less, or the tenor of the blog may change as I return to more reading of books (on a new Kindle) and, perhaps, a bit less internet ephemera.