That’s what folks used to say about the Ford Model T: it came in any color you wanted, as long as you wanted black. Consumer sovereignty has come a long way since the 1920’s. Not only can today’s car buyer select exterior and interior colors and features, but each make and model car comes in several different styles. 40 years ago you had two choices when buying a phone, desk or wall mount. Maybe there were a very few colors to pick from. Today dozens of companies produce hundreds of designs. The epic failure of products like Ford’s Edsel, Beta players and New Coke are classic economic 101 lessons demonstrating that the consumer is indeed sovereign and gone are the days that companies can force a product onto the marketplace or tell us what we want.
I don’t obsess over stats (or at least I try not to) but the WordPress.com stat helper monkeys created the following presentation. The least I could do is share it.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.
We live in what is called the Information Age. Just one generation ago, Americans found out about what happened in the world around them by tuning in to a 30 minute televised news broadcast at 6:30 each evening. Walter Cronkite, who only recently passed away, was the very first news anchor. Today, with broadband mobile devices and public access to high speed Internet, we are never more than a few seconds removed from breaking news that happens anywhere on the globe. There are of course those people that Tweet each individual item they put into their shopping cart, resulting in what the kids call TMI (too much information).
The point is that any data can be accessed instantaneously, and to overlook the potential to share the Gospel would be foolish. I wish to welcome Manchester Baptist Church in Manchester, KY to WordPress. Continue reading →
When I first signed up for a WordPress blog, I tried to create a cool title. I wanted it to represent some facet of the Christian faith, something memorable that people would want to come back to and easily recall. I tried getting gospeltruth.wordpress.com and witness.wordpress.com, and many others that were already taken. Religion.wordpress.com is an actual website that has never been used. It was set up a year or two ago, and the author never blogged the first post. Oh, that burns me.
So, having spent my creative budget for that day, I typed in clarkbunch.wordpress and gave my blog my name. clarkbunch’s weblog was the default title given to it, and I kept it. As time went by, I changed the theme, selected The Last Supper as my banner, and wrote (after some experimentation) the slogan “God honoring, Christ centered.” I was just sitting here on night looking at that banner as I read an entry thinking “What would it be like to sit at that table with Jesus?” Continue reading →