I’ve found that our web site is a good way to keep people informed about our ministry. It’s also a good medium for my classes at the seminary, so I have pages dedicated to each of the classes that I teach complete with recordings of my lectures. More than ever, however, visitors are coming to our site to read the articles I’ve written on creation and science.
Bona is Still the Best
Way back in 2012 I wrote a humorous article about an experience with our dog Bona after she was poisoned as a result of chewing on yew twigs in our yard. That post has become the go-to information page about yew tree poisoning in dogs. If you do a Google search for “are yew trees poisonous dogs” that post comes up number five in the results list. I suppose that’s why that post is the most popular post of all time on our blog.
Creation Articles Overtaking All Content
Going back even further, way back to 2009 when I first started our website, I wrote an article on the gap theory and the creation account in Gen 1. That became a series of six articles on how to read the creation account in Gen 1.
In 2016 I had the opportunity to serve as a research fellow at the Henry Center for Theological Understanding, for their project on Evangelical Theology and Doctrine of Creation. So I decided to do another series on creation and this time focus on the relationship between creation and science. I’m still working on the series but those articles have become a pretty big driver of visitors to our website. In fact, all creation articles together make up more than half the visitors to our site.
One post in particular, The Structural Symmetry in the Six Days of Creation, has become increasingly popular. More than one fifth of all visitors to our site came to read this article. Below you can see a graph of pageviews per month for that one article since it was first published at the end of 2016.
Of course I’ve written other articles on theological topics (like my unfinished series on Acts or a post on lectio divina bible study or why understanding the sanctuary is important for understanding the Bible). If you take all my theology posts together, these make up about 2/3 of all pageviews.
Other Interesting toddjana Facts
- This year I posted only 14 new articles to our blog. That’s not a good trend and my goal is twice that. Unfortunately, other ministry activities have made it hard to keep up.
- In 2019 we hit the 15,000 pageview milestone for the first time* with 15,384 views of pages and articles. (*From 2010 to 2011 there were even more pageviews, but an unusually large number were from Russia–I’m counting that as spam.)
- People from 136 different countries visited our web site. In the last three years we’ve had visitors from 162 countries and all total, starting from 2009, people from 187 different countries have visited our site.
- Someone from every single state in the US visited our website including 8 people from Vermont!