I find it interesting that some combinations of words simply float past our eyes and vanish again, while others resonate with us so much that we want to remember them, share them, retweet them or otherwise let other people know how profound we found them.
The internet is awash with many things but seems to exist (at least the nice parts) in order for people to share cute pictures / videos of kittens and for people to share what have become known as memes. And while many of the memes are disposable, lol-worthy (or at least we lol in our head, if that’s not an oxymoron) others stop and make you think.
The main reason I do this is that it gives me a space in which to reflect and process some of the thoughts that are bouncing around inside my skull. It is first and foremost a personal act which I share with those who choose to muse. If others find help, humour, inspiration, encouragement and blessing in what I create then it blesses me too.
But as I have dug deeper into my limited self-awareness I have found that there’s a part of me that would rather like to be the source for one of these memes. Perhaps I am meme-fishing in the vast waters of cyberspace hoping to get a bite. Beneath the main reason that I write these bloggages, post pictures of Minillennium Falcon and share the musings of Mr QR Grenville-Stubbs and his ‘view from my pew’ maybe subconsciously I am also hoping that the brighter side of the internet will become excited about something I have created and it will go viral.
We all like recognition. We like acknowledgement. We like affirmation. And maybe one of the reasons why I (and the myriad of other bloggists out there) release our thoughts into the wild and untamed world wide web is because the occasional ‘like’, ‘retweet’ and ‘share’ provides us with some of that.
And if those of us who have the time, inclination and desire to share some of the more palatable stuff that’s inside our minds with others via blogs, social media and the like do it partly to receive recognition, acknowledgement and affirmation I suspect that it’s something that everyone else would quite like too. So today I am going to look out for more opportunities to recognise, affirm and acknowledge what blesses me about others, and I am going to tell them – regardless of whether it goes viral.
Tomorrow I am having some minor (keyhole) surgery on my shoulder, which may mean that my blogging is curtailed for a little while during the period my shoulder is incapacitated and typing is a bit difficult.
I am sorry to say that normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. You have been warned!
In the meantime, be wonderfully blessed and be a massive blessing
I am going to be away for a week receiving training in transforming conflict – mediation and conciliation. This means that I won’t necessarily be lobbing bloggages in your direction this week. I have scheduled a couple that I have prepared earlier just in case you feel too bereft of my bloggerel and pray you’ll have a wonderful week
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
No, you aren’t experiencing some sort of strange cyber double vision. The image in this bloggage* is the category cloud from the blog. I try to tag most of my bloggages. Apparently it makes it easier for people to find me. But it also reveals, through this clever cloud thingy, the emphases in my reflections.
If you aren’t familiar with these cloud thingies, the larger the word the more frequently I have written about that subject. I am pleased about the relative size of those words and how that represents the emphasis of my bloggerel*.
I would love to think that those are also the most popular words used in our church and I hope also that they represent the emphasis of my life. I can’t claim that they always do, but that is my aspiration and ambition.
What would a category cloud of your life look like?
Be blessed, be a blessing.
*If you are unsure about these words, let me explain. ‘Bloggage’ relates to a blog post. ‘Bloggerel’ relates to the words and thoughts within a post.
It seems that this is my 900th bloggage. That’s 900 separate posts – probably the best part of 500,000 words with 526 different subject categories and 814 tags spread over just 10 pages. Amazingly I have only used 10% of my space allocation on WordPress. There have been 319 approved comments and I have been protected from 11,717 spam comments.
There have been over 44,000 views of my blog on WordPress (plus 23,000 from when it was hosted elsewhere) and that doesn’t include the people who receive bloggages directly through email. The most views on one day is 375. The largest number of visitors are from Britain (almost half of all visits), followed in order by USA, India, Canada, Australia, Germany and the Philippines. I have had visits on the site from people in 160+ different countries across the globe, which is the vast majority of nation states!
Of course not everyone came to the bloggage to read my bloggerel. Some will have come by mistake – looking for other items through search engines that have somehow linked them to me. The most popular search term that lands people here is… Some of you may recall my joy when the most popular search term was ‘Elmer Fudd’. Indeed I almost made it onto Google’s first page when you searched for ‘Elmer Fudd’ at the height of that silliness! But Elmer Fudd is only 1/3 as popular as the most popular search term that lands people here. What do you think it is?
It’s ‘Bugatti Veyron’! Which is very interesting because this blog is nowhere near the top of the list of suggestions on the most popular search engine mentioned (but not necessarily endorsed) above.
What does all this tell you? If you only read this information what do you find out about me and this blog? Other than that I am a bit of a statgeek you don’t know much about it. Sadly a lot of people have the same approach about the Christian faith. They know about it (from RE or visits for ‘hatch, match and despatch’ services). They hear about it in the media (often negative). But all they know is about it.
If you want to get to understand my blog and get to know me a bit more (unless you live locally) the best way is to read the bloggages. I’m not suggesting that you have to read them: I would much rather you spent your time trying to find out more about the person who motivates and inspires me – the carpenter from Nazareth who has transformed the world and transcends history. But if it helps you to catch of glimpse of him through me and this bloggage it will have been worth it.
Thank you for visiting: be blessed, be a blessing.