I have been looking at the various stats generated by this blog. They are interesting, but not especially revealing. However, there is one curious statistic. Over the last few days I have had at least 10 people arrive on my blog because they searched on a search engine for ‘Elmer Fudd’! He is not the main theme of the bloggage on this site, nor indeed has he been mentioned very often. Indeed, other than the ‘holding bloggerel’ this morning when I was without any internet connection, I have only mentioned him in one entry.
STOP PWESS – I have just checked the ‘all time’ stats and ‘Elmer Fudd’ is by far the number one search that has led to my blog!!!!
So why are search engines pointing people towards my humble blog in answer to their quest for Elmer Fuddage? I hope it’s not because they are doing searches by picture and the search engine thinks I look like him!
I did a quick google search (other search engines are available) for Elmer Fudd earlier and my blog was nowhere to be seen. This suggests that either they are using a different search engine, or that they are being VERY determined and thorough and looking at lots and lots of pages about Elmer Fudd. But why are people so interested in Elmer Fudd? I hope that they were not too disappointed when they read my bloggerel and hope that they may have had a look around at other bloggages…
In the past year we have had some people come to our church through some unusual experiences. On a Sunday morning the car park outside our church is full to overflowing (literally) with cars. A lady was walking past one Sunday morning and saw how full the car park was. She surmised that something good might be going on inside because of the number of cars and came in. She came each week until she moved away from Colchester this year. Another person was walking past as people were coming out of the service and saw how happy they all were (probably relieved that I had finished my sermon before their roast lunch burnt beyond recognition) and decided to come back the following week and find out why. They have since come to faith through the church! I find that a growing number of people find us through our website and can even find us geographically (we are on a street that is normally pedestrianised so satnavs have trouble with the last 100 yards of the journey).
Jesus uses very unusual things to draw people to himself. Car parks. Smiles. Websites. Us! Perhaps even bloggerel about Elmer Fudd!! We probably won’t know all of the ways in which people have been drawn towards Jesus through us, through our work, through our actions and words, even through our cars. Our responsibility is simply to be the best free samples of Jesus that we can, and allow God’s Spirit to do the rest.
Be blessed. Be a blessing.
I have realised that the number of times I have mentioned Elmer Fudd in this bloggerel probably increases the chances of people finding it by searching for Elmer Fudd. That is partly deliberate. Something mischievous within me would love to be near the top of the list of websites about Elmer Fudd.
Be bwessed. Be a bwessing!
Some handy tips, including one about parking cars (tenuous link)
Old telephone books make ideal personal address books. Simply cross out the names and addresses of people you don’t know.
Fool other drivers into thinking you have an expensive car phone by holding an old TV or video remote control up to your ear and occasionally swerving across the road and mounting the curb.
Avoid parking tickets by leaving your windshield wipers turned to fast wipe whenever you leave your car parked illegally.
No time for a bath? Wrap yourself in masking tape and remove the dirt by simply peeling it off.
Apply red nail polish to your nails before clipping them. The red nails will be much easier to spot on your bathroom carpet. (Unless you have a red carpet, in which case a contrasting polish should be selected.)
If a person is choking on an ice cube, don’t panic. Simply pour a jug of boiling water down their throat and presto! The blockage is almost instantly removed.