Maybe “Happy Monday” is a Problem

happy-monday-truckI was looking at Monday’s stats. Last night at 8 pm Happy Monday #268 had been online for 14 hours and was up to grand total of 1 view. The thing bugging me though is that several other Happy Monday posts were viewed, a total of 28 times in all. Happy Monday #101 was viewed seven times and that post is nearly four years old. That one has been viewed more times than any other Monday post for reasons I will never understand. Happy Monday #’s 50, 42 and 28 tend to pop up more than others as well.

Every Happy Monday post, with a few exceptions like “Happy Tuesday” or “Happy Monday: Coffee Drinkers Edition” has the same title. I’m starting to wonder if having 268 posts with the same title creates confusion. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Design Note

During certain times of the year I change the cover image of The Master’s Table Facebook page. I switch to the wise men following the star to Bethlehem during Advent and this image of three crosses for Holy Week. I don’t tinker with the banner here for a couple of reasons. One is I’m afraid of messing it up. I know, I know, but I still worry about never getting it to look exactly right again.

There is another reason. Di Vinci’s portrait of The Last Supper is where the idea for The Master’s Table as a title came from. There’s a whole explanation in the About section. That supper took place during Holy Week. It would be totally wrong to take it down this week of all weeks and replace it with something else. That picture is the goal for the Christian life. To eat and drink with the Master, sitting with other followers and listening to his teaching.

The Most Popular Happy Monday Ever

There are certain things we expect to happen with online posts. They’re not exactly rules but there are certain norms that tend to be true, all other things being equal. Blogging consistently over time will build an audience. Using post tags and filling out the description forms using key words is good for SEO. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are useful resources to connect you and your blog to audience members. Inbound and outbound links are good for SEO and connect you to the larger online/ blogging community. These are generally true most of the time.

Every now and then unexpected things happen. Call it a fluke, a glitch in the algorithm, or maybe you believe in luck. For some reason Google picked up on a pic of my wife and I at Cumberland Falls a few years ago and put it near the top of the image search for that term. My blog post that was a year or two old got thousands of hits in a day or two. Then it was over. For reasons I will never understand an LOL aggregator linked to an image of my new push mower. One of the most popular images I ever shared online features a Poulan Pro push mower sitting on my front lawn. Continue reading

SpeakEasy Book Reviews

Screenshot 2018-02-08 at 8.26.13 PMEvery now and then I post a book review (expect one during the next few days) that has a disclaimer at the bottom. That disclaimer explains that I received the book free of charge in exchange for publishing a fair and honest review. It doesn’t have to be a positive review but I choose to receive books based on title and description that I expect to enjoy or learn something from. I’m not trying to brag; I’m here to extend you the same offer. Continue reading

Happy 25th Bible Gateway!

Screenshot 2018-01-22 at 11.01.01 AMThe Master’s Table will soon celebrate 10 years. How many websites from 25 years ago are still around today? That was 1993, there was barely in internet 25 years ago. Browsers like Netscape Navigator have come and gone since then and some early web successes, like Napster and MySpace, soared in popularity and faded away slowly. Whatever happened to AOL?

Bible Gateway is celebrating 25 years and inviting all of us to celebrate with them. Click here to read more at the Bible Gateway blog. The Master’s Table is pleased to partner with Bible Gateway as we share Good News. I personally use Bible Gateway to study and prepare sermons, not just for blog posts. You will find them listed in “Useful Resources” on the right-hand sidebar and a link for the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid.

Coffee with Jesus: Top Ten Lists

I don’t usually created a new post to share a single cartoon. But today is New Year’s Eve and this is the kind of stuff people think about as they reflect on another year past. Today is Saturday and tomorrow is Sunday, but when the calendar turns over people tend to think in larger terms. Coffee with Jesus reminds us that important depends on your point of view. One might even interpret that ours is skewed and should be more like his, but now I’ve quit preachin’ and gone to meddlin’.

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