Each year I set a number of writing goals, some of which correspond to the regular writing on this blog. This year has been up and down.
I start off at the beginning of the year full of energy, but to sustain the goal of one post per week on this platform is often interrupted. Sometimes it is life that gets in the way, sometimes it is motivation, sometimes it is a lack of ideas, sometimes it is a lack of confidence, sometimes it is a perfectionism that I can’t get over for a while. Whatever it is and whenever it is I still try to push something out that I’m thinking or reading about. If you’re a regular reader of this site then I hope something has been helpful for you.
In assessing 2018, in terms of my writing and blogging, there are some encouraging things I’m pleased with and others that I’m not.
In terms of raw statistics, in the last 12 months, I’ve managed to:
- Publish 42 individual posts on joncoombs.com
- Write over 27,000 words within those posts
- Have 7000 views for the year (up from 5500 in 2017)
- Increase to 142 subscribers through WordPress and have 23 people sign up to receive these posts by email.
- Write 10 other articles published on other sites (which actually takes me up to 1 p/week)
In many ways this is pleasing to see. Things have improved and been on the increase year by year. There is slow growth, nothing viral, but growing nonetheless.
In terms of what people actually read when visiting this site, here are the posts written in 2018 that were the most popular:
1// Make The Bible Project Your Bible Reading Plan For 2018
By far and away this post was the most popular. I think it was helped by Google, who pointed people here when they search for ‘Bible Project reading plan’. It’s an excellent plan and one that I was following for some of the year.
2// Chair of Deacons Postpones Meeting To Confirm Identity of Youth Pastor
I was playing around with my writing a little at times and had a go at writing a satirical piece for the Babylon Bee. It wasn’t accepted but fun to write at least.
When Billy Graham passed away early in the year I interviewed my grandfather, who helped run some of the crusades in New Zealand back in the day. It ended up being republished on TGCA and on the NZ Baptists site.
4// 5 Learnings From Being ‘Acting Senior Pastor’
The Lead Pastor was away on leave for a few weeks. I was the only other person on staff. Here are some reflections from that time. It’s happening again after Christmas too.
5// Is It Time To Take The Guilt Out Of Your Bible Reading?
Another post about reading Scripture. This one looked at how we can take the guilt out of doing so, like skipping days or beginning to find ourselves behind in reading programs and guides.
So, those were the posts written in 2018. Overall, the top five posts that were most read, written at anytime in the last 9 years, were:
- Make The Bible Project Your Bible Reading Plan For 2018
- Growing Young
- Growing Young – Keychain Leadership
- 11 Things: The Senior Pastor-Youth Pastor Relationship
- Growing Young – Empathise With Today’s Young People
Thanks for reading!
For those interested in stats from previous years you can read about 2015, 2016, and 2017.