Getting Back on the Bicycle and Other Vague Metaphors That Function as Thinly Disguised Navel Gazing

So I took a nearly two and a half week break from posting and it was nearly much longer. I actually contemplated giving up book blogging more or less.  Part of it was a very busy time at work and a vacation.  But it seemed deeper.  I just didn’t have the energy or desire to post and I wasn’t sure I would ever get it back. Last December I wrote a rather despairing post about what it meant to blog when the last remaining source of traffic (in this case search engine) goes away...

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A formatting question

On the off-chance that someone might leave a comment around here once in a while, let me pose this question to the peanut gallery: Do you prefer the podcasts be posted in the traditional format (a la Olen Steinhauer) or in the audio post format (a la Joseph Bottum)? With the audio format readers on the front page can listen to the audio without having to click. But there is not title to introduce the post.  Any strong opinions on this out there?

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Unintended Christmas Vacation Hiatus

Sorry, I didn’t really mean to take an extended vacation from the site.  But preparing for, and then driving to Florida for vacation ended up meaning no posts for well over a week. I didn’t read a lot over the break (to much time on the beach and with family) but I still have plenty of books to review (November as theology month ended with a whimper not a bang).  Hopefully we can enter 2014 strong and build some momentum. I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a...

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Unintended Christmas Vacation Hiatus

Sorry, I didn’t really mean to take an extended vacation from the site.  But preparing for, and then driving to Florida for vacation ended up meaning no posts for well over a week. I didn’t read a lot over the break (to much time on the beach and with family) but I still have plenty of books to review (November as theology month ended with a whimper not a bang).  Hopefully we can enter 2014 strong and build some momentum. I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a...

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The enigma of web traffic

I wish I had a better handle on the where and whys of this site’s traffic.  I’m not sophisticated enough with my metrics/analytics (and admittedly the sample size/data is small) to figure out what is going on. A few posts garner most of the hits and search is 90% of traffic, beyond that everything is noise.  Yet, every so often traffic just seems to drop off and I can’t pinpoint exactly why.  It bugs me somehow despite the fact that there is nothing I can do about it and...

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