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Calling out the followers

Now, this is not a theological post, although there are many ways that title could be used for that!

No, this is a little more personal, and much more light and fluffy.  Ever since we started blogging, Ann and I have both used Statcounter to measure blog traffic.  We also have Google Analytics, but Statcounter responds quicker, even if there are things you can't do with it.  Since all we're really interested in is a visitor count, and that just for fun, it doesn't much matter.

However, one of the fun things Statcounter does is provide visitor paths, which shows, in a general sense, where a visit came from.  For example, if you access my blog from a computer at University of Arkansas, it tells that I had a visit from a computer on the UA network.  Maybe someone could ultimately track down where, but I can't.  And I don't have any real interest in doing so.  If you want to be anonymous, be anonymous.

We have, though, noticed some interesting locations that reveal returning visits.  So, we're curious who you are, and what keeps you coming back.  This is evident on our family blog, Ann's Blog, and my blog.  Additionally, we see growing numbers on feedburner.  Well, Ann does.  Mine are stable.  And lower.  Feedburner is what sends the blog to your RSS reader, like Google Reader or Outlook.

We did realize, though, that we do the same thing.  There are blogs I read nearly every day.  Some of them are big traffic blogs that are hardly curious about the Monticello visitor, but others might want to know.  So, we're going to try to make a comment on every blog we visit in the next 48 hours, including actually clicking through the RSS feed.  We might skip those of you who know we read you: Aaron and Joanna, Jeff, and anyone who doesn't have a comment structure, like Emil Turner

Would you do us a favor and do the same here?  If you regularly read this blog, leave a name or pseudonym, a general location, and anything else.  Like a helpful hint.  Or an gift card code for $1000.

Thanks for helping us satisfy our curiosity. 



  1. Ha ha ha!

    Sorry, no Amazon gift card.

    I read from time to time. More of your (and Ann's) family stuff, less of the SBC stuff. I probably show up as Seattle or Bainbridge Island, though I live north of Seattle. Go figure.

    Grace and peace,


  2. Julie,

    I don't even read much of the SBC stuff. It's more of the need to vent it somewhere, because my church doesn't want to hear it either :)

    And I have a visitor from the Seattle area that registers as being from I doubt is you, since you don't for Amazon. Interesting....
    Thanks for commenting!


  3. Doug,
    My husband and I are currently living in Denver. We'll be moving to Monticello in October and are researching churches, hence our interest.

  4. Jen,

    Thanks for your comment! May I ask why you're moving to Monticello?

    As you research, if you have any questions, feel free to drop an email. I'll be glad to help...even if you go to someone else's church.


  5. You're in my RSS Reader so I skim your new content five days a week here at Sonlight Curriculum in Littleton, CO. I'm not sure what brought me here initially, but once I find an interesting blog I rarely leave [smile].


  6. Luke,

    I needed to comment on yours---it's about the same with me. I find a good blog once, stick in the RSS feed, and then read it if I've got the time.



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