2011, Here we go!
The “stats monkies” at WordPress sent yesterday their summary of activities on this blog site. I won’t plague you with all the details, but I’m pleased that there were in excess of 59 thousand views since the launch in July 2010. So this marks the end of 2010 and at the same time the first six months of this experimental effort to bring scholarship on Christian origins to the blogosphere.
As a rank new-comer to this, it has all been very interesting, sometimes trying, sometimes reassuring. Clearly, there are some who seem to cruise for blog sites where they can vent their pet peeves, ride hobby-horse issues, etc. But, mercifully, these have been few (although they take up a disproportionate amount of time/effort, especially if you wrongly assume, as I have, that they actually want to learn something).
Anyway, I think I’m beginning to get the hang of this particular kind of blogging, and I hope that at least most of the 59 thousand views in 2010 were positive experiences. I’m grateful for the encouraging comments from readers.
In the coming year, I’ll continue to share some of my own scholarly work, and draw attention also to the work of others that notice and think deserves further notice. Next week, I’m off to Wittenberg for a mini-conference sponsored by the Corpus Judaeo-Hellenisticum, this conference focus on early papyri. I’m giving the opening presentation, on the scholarly importance of earliest NT manuscripts, and look forward to the presentations of others. I’ll see if there are some observations to harvest for a posting here.
I wish a healthy and safe 2011 to you all!