Beyond the Pale: 2013 in Review

reviewI started Beyond the Pale in 2008 as an outlet for a number of “hodge podge” ideas in my head.  Politics, baseball, movies, social commentary, as well as a few posts that reflected my Christian journey.  I hardly gave promotion or monitoring of “traffic” any thought as I viewed the blog more as a writing outlet and a journal for my future grandkids.

Owing to a personal spiritual renewal of sorts, just over a year ago I “re-booted” Beyond the Pale  into an (almost) solely Christian themed blog focused on areas of Grace, Kingdom, Church, and our identities as Children of God.  While still a relatively small blog I am really happy with the growth of Beyond the Pale this year and, more importantly, with the comments and e-mails testifying of how it has been a blessing in your lives.

So for fun, here are some stats from Beyond the Pale for 2013:

 

The Top 5 Most Viewed Posts

1) John Piper’s God Looks More Like “Dexter” than Jesus

2) My Top 10 Changes Coming To Christianity

3) Hype-Grace?: A Response to Michael Brown

4) My Brother’s Conversation with a Pastor (and why he left the faith)

5) The Kingdom of God vs. The American Republic

 

Traffic Data

Visits: 18,174

Pageviews: 26,860

Average duration per visit: 1:48 (nearly 2 minutes: a lot in “Internet Time”)

 

Where Do You All Come From?

Just over half of Beyond the Pale readers came from the United States followed by the U.K.  My own Hong Kong was only # 4 but as Google Analytics classifies the territory  as a “city” as well as a “country” it got #1 for city traffic  :

Country / Territory Visits % Visits
1.
United States
9,812

53.99%

2.
United Kingdom
1,229

6.76%

3.
Canada
1,086

5.98%

4.
Hong Kong
1,023

5.63%

5.
Australia
625

3.44%

6.
South Africa
357

1.96%

7.
New Zealand
348

1.91%

8.
Philippines
274

1.51%

9.
Finland
233

1.28%

10.
Germany
212

1.17%

 

But interesting enough when the visits are figured by city, the first U.S. city only clocks in at #5 (Thanks New York) :

 

City Visits % Visits
1.
Hong Kong
1,023

5.63%

2.
(not set)
546

3.00%

3.
London
280

1.54%

4.
Auckland
261

1.44%

5.
New York
194

1.07%

6.
Denver
180

0.99%

7.
Sydney
164

0.90%

8.
San Francisco
151

0.83%

9.
Brisbane
137

0.75%

10.
Los Angeles
128

0.70%

 

Anyhow, thanks to all the Beyond the Pale community for letting me be part of your 2013.  I trust 2014 will be great year of understanding even more how much God loves us and sharing that love to our neighbors, our cities, and our world!

Peace & Grace,

Steve

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