Top 10 Posts of 2014

Lots of WordPress bloggers have been sharing their end of year reports and it’s been fun reading them.

I enjoy top-10 lists.  For the last several years I’ve started the new year with a post listing my 10 most-viewed posts of the previous year. I’m a little slow getting to it this year, but here’s my review of 2014.

Last year the blog was visited by folks from 113 different countries, with the top 5 countries being the U.S, Australia, the U.K., Canada and South Africa.

The busiest day of the year was July 13, when I posted Encouraged and Frustrated, which was mainly me griping about deer eating our gardens.  Deer were a very popular (or unpopular, depending on how you look at it) subject on the blog last year.

The post that generated the most comments last year was Look Y’all I Took a Selfie, which was nothing but me photo-bombing Fatty’s selfie.

And the top-ten most-visited posts of  2014 were:

10. (tie)  Left Behind.  About the fawn living in our pigs’ pasture.

10. (tie) Radishes. A short post about the humble radish.

9. Career Opportunities.  Another anti-deer rant.  In this one I wonder what other career options I might have if deer put us out of business.

8. Natural Order and Natural Evil.  Over the years I’ve done several posts on the philosophical Problem of Evil. In this one, from December, 2009, I suggest a solution to the problem of natural evil–a solution I later became dissatisfied with, leading me to post a Disclaimer.  This has probably been the most popular of the seminary papers I posted.  I’ve posted others which haven’t generated nearly as much traffic, but which stand up better I think, such as my posts on the Canaanite genocide, violence in Islam and the apparent futility of the universe.

7. The Fatties.  We had great pigs in 2014.  They look so small in this post from last October.

6. What’s Alive in Front of Us. I wondered if anyone would read this one, and was surprised that my musings generated some great discussion and was one of the most popular posts of the year.  Probably my favorite on this list.

5. Coming Soon.  Anticipating/dreading the beginning of deer hunting season.  While tense at times, this year was much better than past years.

4. Purging Organic.  We had to purge the word “organic” from our website, social media and marketing materials last year.  My frustration with that generated good discussion.

3. Mud.  A perennial favorite, from May, 2009.  So why did Jesus rub mud in the man’s eyes?

2. The Trestle.  All I did was cut and paste Raymond Carver’s poem from Teresa Evangaline’s blog, in April, 2012.  It’s been one of the most popular posts on this site ever since.  Last year it came in at number one.

And most visited post of the year was…

1. Oceania has NOT always been at war with Eurasia.  From February, 2009, the popularity of this year’s landslide winner is probably due to kids using Google to do their homework.

Thanks to everyone who visited last year and especially to those of you who comment. It’s been fun to see a community developing here.  I’m looking forward to lots of great discussions in 2015.