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Blogiversary: Khanya blog is 12 years old

13 February 2019

Twelve years ago I started Khanya blog. Here are some stats:

  • Best ever post


  • All time

    678,905 views 5,034 comments


Over those twelve years, these have been the most popular posts:

Title Views
Home page / Archives More stats 96,971
What is Google installer, and why is it trying to access the Internet? More stats 42,782
The appearance of Jesus Christ: redux More stats 21,203
Three popes and a patriarch More stats 21,163
Nicene Creed: old and new translations More stats 20,606
About me More stats 14,212
What is African? Race and identity More stats 12,990
Zionist Christians and Christian Zionists More stats 12,678
Stuff to do on Sunday if you’re bored More stats 9,524
Makwerekwere More stats 8,649
Izikhothane: a new word for an old fashion? More stats 8,312
Tales from Dystopia More stats 7,290
Fighting crime — proactive or reactive? More stats 5,200
Charismatic Renewal More stats 4,915
The end of an era — Anglo-Catholicism rides off into the sunset More stats 4,578
Witchcraft, African and European More stats 4,274
The legacy of apartheid and the culture of violence More stats 4,218
Bad theology: Vassula Ryden and Benny Hinn More stats 3,682
The Church as the Liberated Zone More stats 3,664
The theology of Christian marriage More stats 3,535
Kitchen implement More stats 3,448
Ethiopian Orthodox Church More stats 3,236
More stuff to do on Sunday if you’re bored More stats 3,108
WordPress promoting porn? More stats 3,097
Khanya Blog More stats 2,945
Christianity and shamanism More stats 2,920
The youth of today, and yesterday More stats 2,762
Love is the measure: Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker More stats 2,583
Who stole Halloween? More stats 2,535
Holy Glorious Great Martyr, Victorybearer and Wonderworker George (303) More stats 2,487
Angels and demons and egregores (book review) More stats 2,285
Squeezel? Squeeza? What does it mean? More stats 2,273
The Hunger Games (book review) More stats 2,226
Constants in context: A theology of mission for today — Book Review More stats 2,213
Inculturation, indigenisation, syncretism and cultural appropriation More stats 2,213
Salvation and atonement More stats 2,191

It’s interesting that among the most popular, including the one at the very top of the list, about Google Installer, are posts that were quite ephemeral, and probably didn’t deserve their popularity. Another in that category is “What to do on Sunday if you’re bored”, which is a metapost to test what kinds of blog posts become popular. Some more serious posts came much lower on the list, though I think they deserved more views.

So the number of views is not really the best way to judge the quality of a blog post. A much better measure is the number and quality of comments, and the extent to which discussion is carried over onto other forums. Unfortunately there is no way of measuring those things with WordPress statistics. But thanks to the 5034 people who commented. Your comments (well some of them) are what makes blogging worthwhile.

In case anyone is curious the cover picture was taken in the southern Drakensberg, at Drakensberg Gardens resort near Underberg. That part of the world has many memories for me, and it is the setting for two novels I have written — a children’s adventure story Of wheels and witches, and a kind of adult follow-up, The Year of the Dragon. And there have also been some blog posts about real events that took place in that part of the world, such as this one.

So thanks to everyone who has read what I have written here, to those who have commented in it, and to the other bloggers who have linked to posts here, or reblogged them (you can find some of them in the Blogroll in the sidebar). It is responses to ideas that helps one to sharpen and refined them.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. 13 February 2019 9:14 am

    Impressed that you’ve kept it going all this time. My blogging has tailed off to pretty well just the odd poem and annual newsletter…

  2. 13 February 2019 10:49 pm

    Congratulations! Twelve years is an achievement. And a long learning curve as changes come and go.

  3. 14 February 2019 12:14 am

    Happy blogiversary.

    Regarding spilling over into other areas, I cited one of your papers (which I see is also a blogpost here) in one of my MA essays. That would have been 2007, so I think I’ve been reading this blog for the entirety of its existence. And your blogger blog before that, too.

  4. 14 February 2019 8:53 am

    Reblogged this on volgdeboereninzuidafrika and commented:
    Thanks for Khanya !

  5. 16 February 2019 4:43 am

    Congratulations on your Blogiversary.

    12 years needs a commemorative medal.

    I first started blogging in 2007

  6. 20 February 2019 2:53 am

    Man, super cool. Great site. I typically read the big SFF thoughts, but I think your South Africa work is the most important. Keep strong!

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