I was introduced to blogging by the original Internet Monk Michael Spencer. He was smarter than the average bear but lived in a rural community in southeastern Kentucky. Beginning just after the 2000 election he took advantage of the World Wide Web and as an early adopter of the new blogging platform quickly grew an online community of followers around the world. I had certainly never heard of a blog in 2000, back when I was accessing the internet via AOL and used their free hosting to create my own webpage. It wasn’t until after Michael started podcasting that I felt strongly enough that I had some things to say and joined WordPress in 2008. Hindsight being 20/20 blogging peaked somewhere between 2006 and 2008 so I came on board just in time to see blogging begin its decline across the board.
I recently mentioned that The Master’s Table was nearing 500 followers. It turns out that the number of WordPress followers was 497 but there are also 23 that follow via email. I only realized tonight that we have a Facebook link on the sidebar but no clear and simple way to follow the blog. There is now a follow button on the right-hand sidebar. If you are not a logged in WordPress user you can enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts. Continue reading
Update: Issued resolved, links have been restored.
I’m having a bit of a tiff with Facebook. It’s probably not enough to make me give it up for good but at this time I am unable to post links to this blog. I always link new blogs on the Mater’s Table Facebook page and occasionally, though not very often, link from my personal Facebook profile. I was hoping to spread a little Happy Monday cheer but Facebook rejected the post and claimed it violated their community standards on spam. They also removed all links to this blog from the Master’s Table FB page. That page has 178 followers. It was created for several reasons but perhaps the biggest thing at the time was so that I could post links each time a new blog post was up without constantly irritating my Facebook friends. Every new blog post was linked from the FB page and like I say only occasionally from my own profile. Currently the only links on the Master’s Table FB page are to Paul Wilkinson’s Wednesday Connect posts. Continue reading
Well this snuck up on me. In past years I’ve created whole retrospectives, shared stats, thanked some blog friends, etc. Thank you WordPress for the reminder!
WordPress, the blog platform used to produce and host The Master’s Table, creates a year in review infographic for each user. Stats include the most read post, most commented on post, most active commenter, etc. Click the link at the bottom of this post to view the full report.
Here’s an excerpt:
19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
There have been some good times and bad, so as we celebrate we need to remember some people as well. I blog because of Michael Spencer. The post linked explains how and why. Before I ever read Internet Monk I worked with Michael every day in real life.
2010 was a rough year. Michael passed in April, my father Lewis Bunch lost his short battle with melanoma in June. If you read the post, make sure to follow the link there for pictures.
It hasn’t all been bad news. Equal Time is about being blessed, and was written shortly after our daughter Johannah was born. The picture of our family on the About page was taken last Easter. She turned two in August.
The articles linked above are very personal. Most of the posts at The Master’s Table have been about sharing the Gospel and following the examples left by Jesus. We have also debated the value of science and argued with the occasional atheist. I’ve made a few Christian blog friends over the years, even a couple in Israel and Australia. I try not to obsess over stats, but here’s a few as we celebrate:
4 years, 457 posts, 1,249 comments. Total views = 355,152.
Here is the very first post, from March 4, 2008.
This blog started out as Clark Bunch’s Weblog. Everything from March and April moved to The Master’s Table in May of 2008. This post explains the creation of My Other Blog. I never meant to have two, but there’s also 564 posts and another 330,000+ views over there.
Here’s to another year. Long live the blog.
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