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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Celebrate with me! 4th Anniversary


Beauty on Lindisfarne - Cuthbert’s Chapel

I’m writing this from Lindisfarnewith other Christian bloggers in mind, because this is a day of celebration for me and I’m hoping that something of my observations may be helpful – and hopefully something of an encouragement. Today is the fourth anniversary of the first posting to ‘The Cross and the Cosmos’. The build up of page views has been an interesting pattern.

After 1 year, I had had 3000 pageviews
After 2 years – 7000 in all
After 3 years – 13000 in all
Yesterday, on the eve of the 4th anniversary - the count passed through 45000

So it seems clear that the longer the presence of the blog in the blogosphere, the faster the growth and presumably the greater the awareness of the presence. For me five things seem particularly interesting within these numbers
·      I excluded my own pageviews right from the beginning (otherwise I’d be way up towards 60K, I suspect!) so every viewing is from someone else – somewhere. And they have have come from just over 100 countries which I find truly amazing.
·      One has to ‘discount’ these figures knowing that there are people ‘trolling’ in the hope of selling services to me (There was one hilarious moment when I received an Email offering me an agency for ‘cattle stalls’ from an overseas company – someone had obviously noticed the wording of one of my carols!). I work on an assumption/guess that between 50 and 60% are genuinely interested in the material.
·      It is VERY helpful to have seasonal material to which readers can be pointed. By using page links on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter to guide readers to such material, the pageviews accelerated hugely. Over the Easter period, daily views increased from an average of 30 – 50 per day to well over 100 a day.
·      Not only is reference back to seasonal material effective but gathering the material into seasonal ‘collections’ encourages readers. The most viewed entry on this site is the ‘Easter Collection/Index' which you should be able to see alongside this entry in the right hand column..

Of course, as is evident, nothing on the site has ‘gone viral’ - but given the highly particularized nature of the material, that’s not especially surprising. So I feel very encouraged by this four year pattern and I would enthusiastically encourage any Christians who feel they have something worth saying to get started just as soon as possible. I found the book (UK) ‘Blogging For Dummies’ extremely helpful and I got started through the encouragement of others in Christian magazines to ‘get blogging’. It has been a fascinating ‘journey’, which I hope will continue – perhaps for the rest of my life. Maybe it’s a journey you might take too.
Trevor Thorn.

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'