During this Holy Season of Advent, I want to take a moment and thank everyone who reads this blog, with a special “Thank you” to those who take the time to comment on what is posted here.
If you’ve been reading my online musings and reveries for more than the past nine months, you’ll know that I’ve had a website since the mid-1990s, but I only started blogging on LiveJournal back in 2003 or so. I eventually begin to see LiveJournal as something of a ghetto, so I took my blog to Squarespace in early 2006; but with a monthly subscription cost, it felt too expensive. So late last year I cancelled my Squarespace account, set up this blog on WordPress, but also announced that I was going to take a break from blogging, mainly because I had gotten rather obsessive about it. In the end, I was only gone about two or three months, and by “gone” all I mean is that I was posting about once or twice a month, instead of trying to get something up every day (blogging has given me a profound appreciation for comic strip writers and others who have to come up with new content on a daily basis). Eventually, I hit on the idea that I needed to build my blog around my trinity of loves: for books, Christian mysticism, and Celtic spirituality — and so this latest incarnation of my web presence was born.
I’m offering this quick, 50-cent tour of my internet biography as a prelude of saying “thank you” to everyone who regularly (or irregularly) stops in for a visit. I am amazed, honored and humbled at some of the wonderful friendships I’ve made (or deepened) through this blog. People who I find interesting and whose opinions matter to me regularly visit and comment on this blog not only from across the USA but also Canada, the UK, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand (and beyond); I hope that someday my travels will enable me to meet some of you folks face to face. What I find particularly gratifying is how the readership of this blog has grown over the past year. Check out this bar chart:
Between March and November, traffic on this site increased 400%, going from just under 3000 unique hits a month to over 10,000. So far, it looks like December’s traffic is even greater than November’s. Technorati (a blog aggregator site that tracks some nine or ten million different blogs) assigns blogs a ranking and an “authority” level based on traffic and inbound links; back in the spring my blog authority was 8, now it’s 52 (okay, to keep things in perspective, the Huffington Post has an authority of 18,920!).
So The Website of Unknowing probably won’t make the cover of Wired anytime soon, but on the other hand, if the Technorati numbers are accurate, it is in the top 2% of all blogs in terms of its traffic. Having said all this, I also need to reiterate that the point behind this blog is not to crank out the numbers. I’m only writing all of this because, well, I’m grateful, even for this blog’s relatively modest readership. The point is not how small my traffic may be when compared to Matt Drudge’s, but how much larger the traffic is than just a year ago. I’m just thrilled that there are so many of you out there in blogworld who share my love for Christian mysticism and Celtic spirituality. It gives me hope. Forgive me for being an idealist, but I believe that mysticism and Celtic wisdom can help change the world. So the more people who are exposed to it, the better.
If you’re a regular reader here, please post a comment now and then. I love reading the comments that show up here, even when someone disagrees with me (or worse yet, points out my errors and stupidities). I learn a lot from the comments posted here, and as I mentioned above, friendships are being formed. People with a natural mystical or contemplative bent tend to comprise only about 1% of the general population (I’m basing that on Myers-Briggs typology), which means that we often can’t find one another. Even if we’re separated by thousands of miles, the internet is a powerful tool for us to connect.
So again: thanks for reading. Thanks for commenting. And even though “it’s not about the numbers,” do tell your friends about this blog. Because it is about mysticism and community. And where those topics are concerned, the more the better.