Yesterday, Joey, my physical therapist, asessed my mobility. He told me I had passed all my goals and was a fit eighty-eight year old male. I was glad and so was Joey.
Pete Oakley, our webmaster, does not often initiate conversations. Usually I go to him with a question or a problem about blogging. But recently, he sent me a congratulatory message which I believe will be or interest. He wrote:
With over 7,000 unique visitors in December 2014, over 45,000 visits, and delivering over a quarter of a million page views to those visitors, your web site moved past the Level 4, 200MB (mega bite) average/day data threshold. Your average data rate in December was 394.99MB per day.
This increased level of traffic and attention has pushed my site into the next tiered level of web hosting – Level 5. So starting next month I’ll be paying extra dollars for the additional bandwidth. Oakley observes that this
Increased traffic means your site is getting more attention. More web sites are linking to your site, and more people are discovering you as they search at Google and Yahoo and MSN/Bing and the many other “search engine” web sites out there.
Oakley’s next words were optimistic about our efforts to change every individual, honor people of all religions and save the whole world. Now I know that sounds messianic and that he does not expect that much, but he did write:
Hopefully this growth translates directly or indirectly into good rapport with your target audience and increased monetization from your readership for your web site content.
Exactly who is the target audience of this website? When I began to write my six year older brother scoffed. He asked, who will want to read what you write? I told him I’d write about what interests me. So I write about birds and bees, about the beginning and the end, about war and peace, sickness and health, birth and death. My target audience is as vast as the world.
Monetization is a new word for me. It suggests that I should turn the website into money! I went to bed before writing this paragraph and during the night I found myself smiling as I pondered the possibilities. On Feb 1, 1950 Rhoda and I left money-making behind us as we left Pennsylvania for Florida and pastoral ministry. I smiled, remembering that every time I tried to monetize something I failed. But we never hungered, never homeless, never lacked health care, clothing or transportation. All these things were given to us.
The content of this web site is simple. It is the ponderings of an octogenarian who spent his life learning that he knows nothing for sure. Knowing nothing for sure allows me to learn a little bit more. Wars are fought and churches are divided by those who know little, but know it for sure.
Readers who recognize the website as a ministry are sometimes moved by the Spirit to make a donation. If there is ever a surplus I will forward it to the Southeast Mennonite Conference.
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