blogging2013 is the year I finally began to blog.

One of my main worries was that I wouldn’t be able to find enough material to write about. This doesn’t seem to have been a problem: since I began on 27 August, I’ve published 266 posts, making an average of just over two posts a day. My blog has been viewed over 7,500 times (averaging about 60 views a day over the period) by visitors from as far afield as Africa, Russia, South Korea and Brazil.

The most popular search term by which people have arrived on the blog is “Nelson Mandela” (see my post here), followed by “Bible”, “money” and “Advent”. Probably the strangest search term to have brought someone to my blog was “barren women and rejected sons”.

I’d like to thank everyone who has thoroughly surprised me by reading my ramblings so enthusiastically. Extra-special thanks go to my friend Randy at Bible Study Geek for his unstinting encouragement and support. I only have one favour to ask: if you read something you enjoy, I’d be very grateful if you could share it with your friends on social media.

Looking forward to 2014, while I’m keen to keep up the momentum, I have to recognise that posting twice a day every day has its drawbacks. For one thing, there’s a real temptation just to chase page views. Linked to this, I’m someone who easily puts myself under pressure to perform to a self-imposed standard, and this can lead to blogging becoming a burden rather than a joy, which is not something I want to happen. Also, I’d rather produce fewer posts of higher quality than more posts of mediocre quality. With that in mind, I’m going to aim to keep posting a short post every morning, but I’m not going to make myself post every evening. And I will force myself not to feel like I’m shirking my responsibility when I don’t post.

Finally, below is a list of the ten most-viewed posts I’ve published so far.

Whatever you’re doing to see in the New Year, have fun and be safe. And I wish you a very fruitful and fulfilling year in 2014.

Top ten most popular posts published in 2013

Using and abusing the Bible
Some musings on Nelson Mandela
Tuesday Review – Gungor: I Am Mountain
Tuesday Review – Stu G: Of Burdens, Birds and Stars
I used to believe
Christians and same-sex marriage, or, Christian, shut up and love
The great grace debate
Wanting the best of both worlds
What what you think about the end times matters now
Noah on the big screen: a call to thinking Christians