Sunday Thoughts – 1/3

What a long week. I’ve taken on atheists, and Jim West quit and I am now number ‘1’. Ugh. Of course, now that there is not Biblioblog Top 50… Well this week, anyway. We’ll see what we can do about that shortly. Any volunteers to maintain a site or to help maintain a list? Any ideas about where we should go?

So, this morning, we read in our Mosaic, and held our usual Sunday morning meeting. I rather enjoy it, actually, as it gives us time as a family exploring God’s word – time which is rarely allowed in a congregation.

Here is a suggested reading:

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir. (Gal 4:4-7 NLT)

I am amazed at how much the Gospel depended upon that woman, aren’t you? No matter what, the Gospel had to first begin in the womb of a woman. How precious!

Well, I’ve got a lot of work to do this week, and I hope to start several projects soon enough.

Instead of our usual song, I thought that I might provide you with a recent video of my son singing to Sophia. When I sing, she does nothing – sometimes cries – but when Landon sings, she laughs and smiles. And she loves Jingle Bells. Kids.

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24 Replies to “Sunday Thoughts – 1/3”

  1. I think it would be nice to use something in addition to alexa to rank the sites. Alexa is a little shaky but if that is what you want to use I am sure people would understand. I have ranked some blogs over the past two years at times and I have found a system that tends to make more sense in actually getting closer to who gets the most traffic. I rank all the sites by alexa an instead of listing their alexa number I give them a rank, say 1-50. Then I rank the same sites by their google subscriptions 1-50. Then I average their ranks to give each blog an average ranking. Where there is a tie I go by alexa to split the tie. When I have looked at the results they fell better in line with the traffic of the blogs I knew than alexa seemed to do. Just a thought.

    1. How can you found out the Google Subscriptions? And a site like Dave Black or Jeremy might not do well. I like quantcast, but it does have it’s limitations. You are right, though, Alexa does have it’s limitations – it actually ‘normalizes’ stats now. So, if you have a good day, it will normalize it. Stats on a curve!

      1. If you have a google account you just go to google and search for reader. Click on google reader, login if necessary, and then search the subscriptions for the blog you want and in the results it will tell you the # of subscribers.

    2. I agree about Alexa. I’ve been told by people who claim to know that I have many more visitors to my blog than Alexa shows. Maybe Alexa is a run by Christians and Joel is padding their pockets, eh?

      1. Padding? I’ve mortgaged my kids.

        Just when I think I have Alexa figured out – here is what I think I know today.

        First, Alexa normalizes spikes – not sure about lows. Second, Alexa’s recording only supports two tool bars (Firefox and IE). Not sure how it works on Iphone and other mobile devices. Third, from what I can understand, it records movement around your site. So, if you leave a comment it might pick it up, but what it likes is seeing the visitor move around. Now, here is the kicker. One of Blogger’s comment system (like your’s, John) doesn’t have movement on the comment system. Most WordPress comment systems do, because it actually creates a static page for the comment. Fourth, Alexa also does this – I think. In a 24 hour span, let’s say you have 1600 visits. Great! Awesome! But, when do they arrive? Are they steady? Or do they erupt at once, say like at the 19th through the 23rd hour? If so, guess what Alexa sees. A spike. Finally, Alexa isn’t about hits, trust me, its about movement. John, you could have 10000 visits in a day, but if they are only singular page views, well, guess what? Also, the closer you are to 100k, the more accurate you are getting. When you drop pasting 100k, then the numbers get better.

        And Alexa has a habit of not recording your sites all the time either.

        Since the ranking is really about fun, Alexa suits a purpose. It does help to see growth.

        1. Yeah, YOU can say it’s about fun because you’re at the top! It’s more fun to win at something than not. I want my other visitor totals added so I can have more fun too. 😉


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