The most-read blog posts (and the lesson it tells)

My recent “This blog post is not about Starr King” post is the most read (or at least, clicked) item I’ve ever written here — at least that I have records for, to some point in 2013. (Earlier records lost.)

Below are the top twenty blog posts, as opposed to people who land on the front page. Suggests that “if it bleeds it leads” works for niche blogs, too. That and long-posted niche resources.

My point is not to aggravate people, but our little fellowship within the Unitarian Universalist Association has some bad habits that need correcting. So I’ll write tougher items and not be shocked when people read them. (An inexhaustive list includes clannishness, conflict avoidance, “terminal uniqueness” as Victoria Weinstein puts it, valuing internal conformity and minimizing poor people. One of the reasons I’m such an advocate of new church planting is that it might give us a project we can be proud of, and convert some of this restless energy.) If I wasn’t happy with my friends and congregation, I’d be happy to go alone. But I am otherwise happy and so I won’t be quiet. I’m also grateful for all the kind private messages I got this last week.

Now, on to the list.

  1. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/this-blog-post-is-not-about-starr-king-school-for-the-ministry/
  2. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/the-sunday-only-calendar/
  3. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/christian-emblems-not-a-cross-the-seven-pointed-star/
  4. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/heres-where-i-lay-out-my-problems-with-the-uua/
  5. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/dawn-of-the-movementarians/
  6. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/why-starr-king/
  7. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/fred-phelps-1929-2014/
  8. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/what-hymns-are-distinctive-for-unitarian-and-universalist-christians-lists-proffered/
  9. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/why-take-your-punishment-falls-flat/
  10. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/churches-merged-disaffiliated-and-dead/
  11. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/gnucash-for-a-nonprofit-organization/
  12. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/universalist-churches-unseen/
  13. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/bold-experiment-in-ministry/
  14. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/data-check-on-the-emerging-churches-in-the-uua/
  15. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/say-no-fiv-times-sure-to-irritate-everyone/
  16. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/giving-up-unitarian-universalism-for-lent/
  17. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/reviewing-unitarian-universalist-websites/
  18. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/on-the-moral-march/
  19. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/what-do-these-unitarian-universalist-websites-have-in-common/
  20. http://boyinthebands.com/archives/its-not-polity-larping-or-worship-re-enacting/

Author: Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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