This month Eclectic Orthodoxy is celebrating its sixth anniversary! That’s equivalent to 157 human years. 😉 Interesting stats for these six years:
- 1,848 posts
- 1,759,352 views
- 558,900 visitors
- 17 January 2018 was the most popular day for Eclectic Orthodoxy (8,015 views). I bet you can guess who the author was (it wasn’t me!).
- The all-time popular article is David B. Hart’s response to N. T. Wright’s review of his translation of the New Testament: a staggering 25,996 hits (and still counting)!
- My first post was published on 26 October 2012: “Why Eclectic?” It’s interesting to read, if only to compare with where the blog is now.
- My first substantive article in 2012 was “Gregory of Nazianzus: Oration 38.”
- My Readings in Universalism page has received 38,041 hits since September 2013. That makes it the most popular item on Eclectic Orthodoxy.
- Monday through Thursday are the most popular viewing days. Hits decrease dramatically Friday through Sunday.
In other words, the blog is doing very well, especially for the kind of blog that it is. Theology blogs typically don’t last more than a few months. Eclectic Orthodoxy is a niche blog and appeals only to a strange kind of person (welcome to the club). I’m not a real theologian, just a retired priest. I simply read and then summarize what I’ve read. Even so, I believe that Eclectic Orthodoxy is one of the best theology blogs on the web and am quite proud of it.
I have asked a few of our previously published authors to celebrate the anniversary of the blog with a new piece. You can expect to see their articles in the second-half of the month (probably later than sooner).
So I am taking a short break (a week or two). I want to chill out with a Michael Connelly mystery and perhaps a Dark Tower novel (and who knows what else) and watch some movies. I don’t have the maniacal compulsion to write as I did six years ago, when I had to write to keep myself from being overwhelmed by grief. I’m in a much better emotional and spiritual place now, with the ironic consequence that the desire to write has diminished. I am still reading a lot, but I’m tackling authors that I find more difficult to comprehend (like St Thomas Aquinas and soon St Bonaventure). My ignorance doesn’t keep me from blogging, of course—I just try to keep the ignorance as well hidden as possible. From time to time I entertain writing a journal article on the universalist hope, but that would be a demanding project. I don’t know if I’m up for it. We’ll see.
I have a couple of ideas on the back-burner: dogma as grammatical instruction, the Holy Trinity in St John of Damascus, and finally the Holy Trinity in Bonaventure (as presented in his Breviloquium). After Bonaventure I intend to read Origen’s First Principles. We’ll see how many articles I can squeeze from it. Needless to say, these plans can change as the whim strikes. And one day I want to tackle St Maximus the Confessor—but that may be an eschatological hope.
Please be patient. I will be back. In the meantime I will repost one or two of my old articles (hopefully they will be of interest) and will continue to post citations from the Fathers and other theologians.
Thank you for your support over the years! Most of my readers hang around for a short time and then move on to greener blog fields (intelligent choice!), but some of you have stuck with me for several years. If any of you have been with me since the beginning, please identify yourself in the comments section. It might be fun to learn who the senior Eclectic Orthodoxy readers really are.
I’m a blogger, dammit, not a theologian!