When I remember to, I like to do year-end reviews here on The Doc File, and so before we move on to the new year, here are some brief reflections on what occurred in this space in 2018.
I only blogged 20 times this year, down from 26 in 2015, 27 in 2016, and 28 in 2017. Only blogging 20 times throughout the course of the year is disappointing to me, and I have plans to do better in 2019. At the same time, I have been doing this long enough to know that of all of my resolutions for the new year, my blogging resolutions seem to be the hardest for me to keep. ?
By traffic totals, here are my most-read posts during 2018:
- Moral Evil and Natural Evil, February 24, 2015
- The Emergence of Ancient Israel in the Land of Canaan, December 10, 2015
- The Role And Character Of Elihu In The Book Of Job, December 3, 2010
- Creation and New Creation: Connections Between Genesis and Revelation, April 25, 2017
- It Is Not The Lord’s Supper That You Eat: The Socio-Historical Context of 1 Corinthians 11.17-34, April 4, 2016
Something that you may notice about each of these posts: I didn’t actually write any of them this year! Perhaps that says something about the quality of what I wrote this year, but I prefer to think of it as some of these older posts having continued relevance and staying power. Also, three of the five posts are actually versions of research papers, so I like that people are reading and engaging with posts that are not fluff (I try not to write much of that anyway!).
As far as posts that I actually wrote in 2018, here are the most popular:
- Two Graduations: What My Special Needs Daughter Taught Me About Following Jesus, June 7, 2018
- Reading in 2017, January 5, 2018
- Scripture As Story, September 4, 2018
- Scripture As Story: A Literary Masterpiece, September 17, 2018
- Harding University Lectureship Recap, October 5, 2018
The “Two Graduations” post was a reflective piece I wrote about finishing grad school and my daughter Kinsley, and was probably my favorite post from this year. I also enjoyed writing the Scripture As Story series, and two of those posts made the top five. Every year I share about books that I read the previous year, and that post tends to get some traction, and rounding out the top five were my reflections on the Harding University Lectureship, which was more popular than I expected.
I have some plans for what I want to do here at The Doc File in 2019, but I will save those for a separate post. In the meantime, thanks to everyone who reads my scribblings here. This has been an invaluable space for me to process my own thoughts on various topics, and from the gracious feedback I continue to get from readers, it is of some benefit to others as well. This is humbling and encouraging to me. Thanks for reading in 2018, and I look forward to continuing the discussion next year!