Celebrating 50,000 page views

by Rusty Lindquist on August 11, 2008 · 0 comments

Speaking of setting goals, in January of this year, inspired by a call by Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, wherein he encouraged Mormons to take a more active role in building a voice online, I had set a goal to build a blog.

My first post was on Thursday, January 31st (Simple acts of kindness and caring).  It was short and simple, and not very original, but it was a start.

193 days later I have created 152 posts and 5 pages.

My first full month (February), my blog averaged 75 page views a day.  By the third month online, that average climbed from 75 all the way up to more than 350 page views a day. 

This month, the average is 508, and on Friday, we reached 50,000 total page views… and then blew right on by as Saturday we had almost 1,000, and Sunday we had almost 1,200 (1,190 to be exact).

What’s more, there have now been 987 comments.

That’s fantastic.  So, in celebration of reaching 50,000 page views, I wanted to pause and say thank you.  Thank you for helping to make it all possible.  Thank you for your interaction.  Thank you for the many marvelous discussions we have had.  Most of all, thank you for being interested in the gospel.

These numbers represent an ever-increasing consumption of religious views and discussions online, and I’m happy to play a part in that endeavor.  Most of all, I’m grateful for the opportunity, the medium, the time, and the ability to host and promote discussions centered around the gospel of Jesus Christ, and an effort to encourage people to live just a little better, and experience just a little more.

Now, that said, this is still just the start.  If we reached 50,000 page views in just over 6 months, I want to shoot for a total of 150,000 in the next 6.  You can help (find out how).  At the bottom of the blog there’s a little counter that tells you the current number.  I hope you’re here to watch with me as the exposure of these Christ-centered discussions continues to climb.  I hope you play a part.  And for the part you play, thank you.

Rusty

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1 mormonsoprano August 11, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Congratulations, Rusty! You have built a very powerful site. I have always enjoyed reading your posts. I have been one of your fans from the beginning (although some days I just can’t keep up with your prolific output!!) When do you sleep?!

I don’t have quite the traffic boom that you have, but I am still amazed and thrilled at how many HAVE and DO come. Not a lot comment, statistically, but it is so lovely when they do. The comments are like little presents. So much work and time and energy and heart goes into these sites, so it is validating when someone notices! Blogging has been a positive testimony builder for me personally. I have studied and read and pondered more information regarding the church, the gospel, different beliefs and viewpoints in the past 9 months than I think I ever have! There is just SO MUCH information in the WWW. My goodness, our brains are in “Wharp Speed” these days – and my brain starts screaming the Scotty alarm “I cant hold ‘er much longer Cap’n, I’m givin’ it all I’ve got!!”

Well, anyway, keep up the very good work. I will keep stopping by as usual, and contribute my part to your lofty stat goal. :) – MoSop

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2 Margaret August 11, 2008 at 4:57 PM

May I add my congratulations, too? I believe so much in what you’re doing. That’s why I keep coming back. May you and your family be blessed because of your hard work.

I like that-MoSop (part of the MoTabs).

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3 Rusty Lindquist August 12, 2008 at 2:05 AM

LOL, thanks you guys. You’re both so nice. I know exactly what you mean too, having a blog has been the best thing to keep me anxiously engaged in pondering the gospel. Plus, all my friends that are not Mormon, but who have prompted such incredible discussions, have really helped push me to learn more, consider more, and discover more. It truly has been a marvelous experience.

I can’t wait to see what the next six months will bring.

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