Year-End Blog Statistics: Who's Out There

It’s nearly the end of the year, and I’m still wondering about carrying on this weblog. I don’t really “blog,” of course. Real bloggers write several times a day, in short bits, about lots of different things. This blog is more like a column that I self-publish once or twice a week. So who cares?

I’ve published 152 entries since I started a couple of years ago. Over this past year, the trend of visits has been upward, to an average of 5000-5500 visits per month. Is that a lot? It isn’t much compared to very popular Christian scholarly bloggers such as Scot McKnight or Ben Witherington, I’m sure. But I’m gratified by the quality of readers evident in some of the comments and by the e-mails acquaintances old and new sometimes send me. Thanks for each one, friends!

The ratio of comments to posts is about 10:1, but commenting varies wildly in quality and quantity depending on the post. I like to think that most of my readers mostly agree with me most of the time, and thus merely nod their heads sagely at the end of a column and move on without commenting. I realize there are other ways of construing the statistics on this matter, but hey, that’s what I like to think, okay?

I look forward to this new year and to blogging some more. I’ve got a few hot topics in the bin yet that I hope will interest you, too. Subscribe (directions can be found via the Pages on the top right of the main page) if that will convenience your reading. Send along a link to friends who might enjoy this sort of writing. (Most readers apparently are North American, not surprisingly. But it’s been great to see readers popping up consistently in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Korea–and sometimes also in farflung places in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. I’d be glad for more comments from those countries to help me understand issues from these other points of view.)

If you would like to see particular subjects addressed here, please let me know. And please do comment: A great deal of the reward of this non-lucrative venture is interaction, so interact, you lurkers!

0 Responses to “Year-End Blog Statistics: Who's Out There”

  1. Paul+

    Well John, I suppose I am one of those head nodders. But I will endeavour to comment more often.

    As for possible topics…I would love to read more about thinking Christianly (ie. your Postmodern Tetralectic, etc), Anglican Realignment (no doubt a personal interest of mine), and your interaction with Emergent Christianity. On that last topic, I am interested in the seeming (and perhaps growing) divide between North American Evangelicals on how much the Emergent movement’s emphases can still be considered part of Evangelicalism. As an Evangelical in a mainline denomination, I don’t get in much hot water by regularly quoting Brian McLaren, Shane Claiborne, or Rob Bell in my own circles. But when I find myself preaching in “card-carrying Evangelical” cirles, quoting such authors places my own Evangelicalism in question.

    God’s peace to you and yours in 2009.

  2. Josh

    I found your blog only recently but I’m happy to hear that you’re planning to continue your posts. I remember reading some of your comments on the “Toronto Blessing” many years ago and your views were consistently fair and insightful. As far as topics that interest me are concerned, I concur with Paul – the relationship between Evangelicalism and the Emergent Movement is an issue that is not just a hot button issue but also has personal significance and implications.

    Wishing you Shalom and a fruitful ministry in 2009

  3. Bene D

    I tend to be a nodder – Happy New Year!

    You were nominated for a Canadian Blog Award this year, while you didn’t make the final cut, that could change next time around. I can appreciate how busy you are, I think you have a lot to say many of us would like to hear. People just need to find you and as you note, that is occurring.

    I’d like to know more about Canadian evangelical trends. Ours. Not the US although I appreciate you have to earn a living writing about our southern neighbours. I understand you have to self-promote, that’s fine if we blog readers can get some of your good stuff in-between. I’d like to see ethics (ie: what wasn’t published around your sound bites in Cdn national publications.) I’d like to know more about faith influence in the current Canadian political scene and communities.

    We Canucks do not know our religious climate very well, it’s been a topic relegated to our academics and hard to ferret out.

    You have a blog and can share your intellect and grace to those of us who can’t afford your books or attend your lectures. I’d like to learn. I think others would concur.

    Blog on!

  4. Ger

    John – please do continue! Your blog is so helpful as I seek to encourage new friends here in the South think through their faith in a new, deeper and richer way. Your posts are a way for them to realize being a passionate, evangelical Christian doesn’t mean you have to fit certain social, political and doctrinal pigeon holes. Keep it up! More please!

    blessings, Ger

  5. Jeff Kimble

    John-I tend to be one of those infamous head-nodders as well. I enjoy your posts and your books. I have genuinely benefited from both.
    Thanks for the invitation to “chime in.”

    As far as upcoming blog topics, I’d be interested in your thoughts on Christopher Wright’s new book “The God I Don’t Understand”. He offers a theologian’s perspective on the question of evil, the Canaanites, the cross, and ideas about the end of the world. Since you’ve given a fair amount of thought to some of these issues, it would be of great value to “listen” to you interact with Wright’s ideas on the subject. I think the interaction between a philosopher and a theologian would prove both helpful and instructive as each discipline offers valuable perspectives on these topics. Cross-disciplinary dialogue tends to broaden our horizons on these issues. Just a thought.

  6. Greg Fullerton

    Dr Stackhouse

    I am a pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church, a Canadian living way down south in Fargo, ND. I regularly follow your blog and find it to be a pleasure to read and of intellectual, theological and spiritual benefit to me. I would grieve the loss of this part of my life if you choose to cease it. I guess that is my deeply-felt-but-previously-unexpressed ‘thank you’ for what you share with a mostly unknown and unnamed congregation in cyberspace. There are four blog’s I regularly frequent: Scott McKnight’s, Ben Witherington’s, Greg Boyd’s and yours. I appreciate your insights which I percieve to be God honoring, scripturally refined, philisophically astute and plainly and clearly spoken. I also really appreciate the Canadian voice and perspective that you give. You help me think things through more thoroughly. Again, Thank You. If it is possible to continue what you are doing I will continue to read.

  7. David

    I agree with the rest… please keep blogging. Your perspective is unique enough to warrant regular reading for the 5,000 or so of us who show up monthly. Thanks.

  8. poserorprophet

    Hmmm… for the sake of trying to maintain that 10:1 comment to post ratio, I guess I should mention that I’m lurking around here… although I’m not always nodding my head (especially when it came to reading recent comments, by others, related to American politics)! That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the blog, of course I do.

    Future posts? I’d like to read a “How I Have Changed” post, detailing both how your theology has changed over the years, and how your theology has changed your life over the years.

  9. poetreehugger

    Oh, please don’t stop. Your voice is one I return to when I seek intelligent and clearly expressed Christian reasoning. Your site has led me to new authors and intellectuals, through your blogs’ and your commentors’ suggestions.
    I must admit to belonging to ‘the cloud of silent ones’, who benefit from reading your blogs, but have not spoken any encouragement to you. Worse yet, I have heard you speak twice, and have not personally thanked you when I easily could have.
    So from this prairie farm woman who belongs to a small town church where stimulating intellectual thought is only too scarce, or maybe only unvoiced, my heartfelt thanks.

  10. John Stackhouse

    Thanks for these generous encouragements, friends, and for these stimulating provocations to write on some interesting—and dangerous!—topics.

    On, therefore, into a new year!

    And please do keep suggesting what you’d like to see discussed. I will take that seriously.

  11. Joel Haas

    I began reading your blog a few months ago. I live in Ontario and know of you through some previous and current Regent students. I enjoy reading your blog, especially the charitable tone of your interactions with those of opposing viewpoints.

    Off the top of my head, one area I would be interested in reading about relates to the panel discussion that you participated in recently: does the gospel give priority to the poor?

    I will keep reading as long as you keep posting.

  12. Jon Buller

    Thanks for the interesting and informative writings, keep them coming!
    Jon Buller – Vernon, BC

  13. Jordan Klassen

    Keep in mind many people follow your blog via an RSS reader. The full reach of your blog may not be reflected in your stats because of this. For instance about 300 people currently subscribe to your blog via Google Reader but Google itself will be the only visitor to your blog unless people click through to comment or read the comments of others.

    Further, because of the lower frequency of your posts, your likely to have a higher ratio of RSS readers vs. website readers compared to McKnight’s and Witherington’s blogs. You actually have more followers on Google Reader than McKnight, likely because he posts 20+ times a week, so people don’t need to be reminded that there are new posts. They just check his website directly.

    With several other web-based RSS readers around, there may be many more head nodders than your stats reflect.

  14. Preston

    Ever since I’ve signed up for your email updates, I don’t visit that often because your commentary shows up in my inbox. I suppose that doesn’t register in your blog-hits-per-day calculation. I do enjoy, please continue!

  15. Paul Johnston

    I really appreciate your even-handled, insightful comments on issues. Your review of the Shack was very good. Regarding your books, I really appreciated Finally Feminist and I plan to read Making the Best of It.

    I am interested in 1) ethical questions; 2)how the Bible should be used to make ethical decisions today; 3) the Trinity and it’s influence on our personal and church life with God.

    I have not posted comments, I must admit. You are right in that discussion partners are very important. I will try to become a partner.

    So please keep blogging and writing!

  16. John Stackhouse

    Thanks again for these encouragements. And thanks to Brothers Jordan and Preston for adding some technological sophistication to my report. I’d love to know, Jordan, how you found out what you did about Google Reader, as I expect others would, too.

  17. Matt Nightingale

    Hi John,

    I enjoy your blog, and I hope you continue to post. I don’t comment very often, so I’ll try to do better. 🙂 I have it coming into my email, so I usually don’t actually come to the site.

    Will you be at Mt. Hermon this summer? Unfortunately, since we moved to Houston, it’s looking like the airfare will make that impossible for us.

    You know, I think you should do a podcast… That would be fun!

  18. Jordan Klassen

    Hi John, per your response to my last post, this is how you can check the number of Google Reader subscribers to any blog.

    Log in or sign up for an account (for free) at then click “Add a Subscription” and enter a keyword or the url of the blog’s rss feed. The results list the number of other Google Reader users who subscribe to it. Similarly, on any blog you already subscribe to, there is a “Show Details” link on the right that lists this stat and others.

    Hope this helps.

  19. Antony Billington

    A lurker and a head-nodder, grateful for your blog, and one who has recommended _Making the Best of It_ to colleagues. Thanks – Antony Billington

  20. Marilyn

    Please continue blogging! I’m a lurker who values your depth of thought and your humor. Most importantly, your blog is much more than a consumption good to me. One of your posts, in particular, has had a significant, positive impact on my spiritual life. For quite a while, I struggled with CBMW’s Trinitarian justification of their He Leads/She Submits marriage model. Your post on the Trinity and gender succinctly explained the problems with the CBMW analogy, without deviating from an orthodox Trinitarian theology. Thank you for this post! Please continue investing in your readers by sharing your thoughts on various issues of the day.

  21. AC

    This is the only evangelical blog I can follow, possibly because it shies away from the US-cultural-wars-issue-du-jour subject matter that most seem to follow. I like the scholarly depth and rigour which underpin some of your writing (a few years of koiné back there, no?) and thinking. As well, it gives me a bit of balance to the mostly Orthodox and occasional Anglican blog which tend to fill my screen.

    Matt`s podcast idea sounds interesting. Having become accustomed to walking everywhere during Ottawa’s bus strike, I will continue to move myself about by foot and use the time productively in listening to other people`s ideas.

  22. smokey

    Dr. Stackhouse,
    I’m new to this blog, but I have really enjoyed everything that I’ve read so far. I looked it up after reading your Making the Best of It for a graduate class in Christian Ethics. Though I tend toward a more Hauerwasian vision than the one you articulate, I was DEEPLY impressed with your work, and I’m looking forward to reading more. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on PhD programs for those interested in studying ethics, theology, and culture.

    May God continue to bless your ministry.

  23. John Stackhouse

    Dear Smokey (or is it “Supes”?),

    Thanks for your kind remarks. Would you mind me asking what school assigned my book? As for recommendations on Ph.D. programs, I really couldn’t say anything that you wouldn’t already know in terms of the generic quality of this or that program. It really comes down to the finer detail of your interests and abilities and outlook matching up with the school, a set of professors, and an adviser.

    You might want to look at my pages on considering a Ph.D. program and the comments that follow.

  24. smokey

    Dr. Stackhouse,
    I read the book for Dr. Mark Powell’s Christian Ethics class at Harding University Graduate School of Religion where I’m finishing up my M.Div. We’re a small church of Christ seminary in Memphis, TN ( Dr. Powell is my advisor, and recommended your book as reading for my thesis last summer before I enrolled in the calss. I was pleased when he assigned it for class both because I enjoyed it and because I’d already started reading it. I just ran across this blog while we were discussing your work in class last week.

    I’ll definately look at the pages you mentioned. I’m still working my way back through the old posts here.

  25. jamila

    Pofessor Stackhouse,

    I’m one of those from far away – India, to be precise. First looked up your blog after someone sent me a copy of Finally Feminist, (which I liked, too) knowing that I would be interested. I’ve come back several times, lurking! Have enjoyed reading your stuff, not everything is very relevant of course, in my context, but its interesting that many things are the same on our side of the globe, too – as for instance, your latest post on music.

    How nice it is that the common bond of Christian concerns for His kingdom to come, and for justice and goodness can bring people from so far away together! I will visit again.

    God bless you and the church there.



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