February 2011 Blog Stats

It’s the end of another month and time to analyze my blog’s activity.

I’ve had a great month. See my stats below with January’s stats in parentheses.

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Stats from Google Analytics

February 1—28, 2011

1944 visits (374)

3311 page views (596)

39 email subscribers (26)

Busiest day: Friday, February 18, 2011 (1,047)

Most popular posts with number of views:

Podcast Episode Four With Thirty-One’s Jennifer Pasalakis, 1671

Finding Purpose and Meaning In Your House, 230

A few take-aways

  • The new podcast has been well-received, and Jennifer’s episode was certainly the top post. Jennifer has a huge off-line following and network, so it would be a good idea to look for other similarly connected guests for future podcasts.
  • Working with others is beneficial; an important key to remember is this blog “ain’t all about me.”

My Favorite Blog Tools

I’ve created a special page to introduce you to my favorite blog tools I use here on Look In Your House.

Take a look and refer to my list if you need some guidance in getting your own blog up and running.

My Favorite Blog Tools

January 2011 Blog Stats

One aspect of my Look In Your House journey is getting this brand-new blog up and running and making money.

One of the tools I use to evaluate my progress is Google Analytics. Let’s focus on a few key areas of the first month of my new blog’s life.

Stats from Google Analytics

January 1—31, 2011

374 visits
596 page views
26 email subscribers
Friday, January 28 was the busiest day = 28 visits

Most popular posts with number of views:

Podcast with Jamie Reeves (61 views)
Become an Effective Decision Maker (51 views)
Spruce Up Your Spiritual House and Lose the Guilt (46 views)

Most active referral sources with number of visitors sent:

Facebook (114 visits)
The Writer’s Block (33 visits)
Blonde Mom Blog (25 visits)

Top keyword searches on Google (each sent one visitor):

1. elisha and the widow’s oil
2. journal entry prompts on christ
3. look in your house blog mary bernard
4. matthew henry “a way to pray” review
5. scripture on comparing oneself
6. the widow’s oil
7. what do you have in your house elisha
8. widow’s oil thought provoking question

A few take-aways

  • Readers are staying on the site and looking at more than one page during their visits. (Consistent posts and good writing will keep this trend.)
  • The podcast feature was well-received, and my first guest was a wonderful referrer of traffic. (Continued podcasts with quality guests will keep this trend. And I love it!)
  • Facebook continues to be the top referrer for my blog posts. The majority of my readers are my Facebook friends. (Continued use of Facebook to drive traffic will keep this trend. More interaction on the Facebook page may increase traffic, too?)
  • The keyword searches and Google referrals were quite disappointing, but I am working on SEO and building back links. (More posts and improved SEO strategy should improve this number for next month.) Also interesting that Scripture keywords sent readers to the blog. I will continue optimizing for Scriptural references.

What do you think about my stats?
What trends do you see?

Elisha and The Widow in 2 Kings 4: What Have You in the House?

Elisha and the Widow in 2 Kings 4: What Have You in the House?

Elisha and the Widow’s Oil
2 Kings 4:1-7

4:1 Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.”

2 And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.”

3 Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. 4 Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.”

5 So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. 6 When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing.

7 She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”

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“What have you in the house?” Elisha asks the widow in 2 Kings 4.

Since hearing a talk on this passage many years ago, I have not forgotten its power.

Elisha could have offered any number of solutions to this woman’s predicament (God used him to bring the dead to life). Instead, he calmly asks her to look in her house.

The widow is facing terrible circumstances, isn’t she? She has no husband, lots of debt, and no money. She’s certain her sons will be taken from her, too.

Yet God chooses to save her, her family, her reputation, and her future through his prophet Elisha and some common household goods.

I love this passage for its simplistic picture of God’s extraordinary power in the “ordinaryness” of life. I love what the passage teaches me about my need and how my God can and will meet it.

Look in your house.

There you’ll find:

  • Your priority.
  • Your passion.
  • Your provision.
God comes to us in the very ordinary, every single day, in the most basic ways.

What do you need?

Look in your house.

(And that’s how I named this blog.)

Look in your house. There you’ll find your priority, passion, and provision.

photo: ladyheart at morguefile.com

 

Welcome to My New Blog

Do you routinely feel that your life is just beyond your control?

Just slightly out of your grasp?

That things happen to you or at you, catching you up in the whirlwind of the inevitable chaos?

Yea, me, too.

And I’m tired of it.

I’ve decided that some of the choices I make directly affect my quality of life.

Startling revelation, huh?

So I’m beginning this blog for several reasons:

  • To document our journey out of chaos into tranquility (stop laughing!)
  • To keep me accountable: I’ll write here about things we try in our own family and that process will keep me on track to follow-through.
  • I’ll help you; you’ll help me. I hope to find like-minded folks out there who can travel with me.
  • I want to make some money for my family. I’ll be honest that part of the reason to begin this blog is to create a new monetary stream. After all, I am a writer; using my gift in this manner makes sense to me.
  • I’ve not found a website like this one—the one I envision—out there. I’ve found a slew of fashion, relationship, devotional, cooking, couponing, etc. sites. But that’s not what this is. I may have some of those features from time to time, but I hope to incorporate them more holistically into a woman’s life.

I don’t believe that a blog like this—or a life turn-around as I envision—can be accomplished apart from a thriving relationship with Christ. So, I’ll be blogging a lot about ways I’m pursuing a more faithful and consistent walk. That is the primary goal of this blog: to direct me—and you—to God in all his glory.

Some other topics I’ll address:

  • Ways to shut out the distractions of the “noise” around me to live more focused and peacefully
  • Ways to work smarter—not harder—and contribute to my family’s finances
  • Ways to fulfill my many roles while nurturing my own passions
  • Ways to improve my financial, spiritual, and physical health

I totally don’t have all the answers! But that’s part of why I want to start this blog. I need to work smarter. I need to lose 40 pounds. I need to build the emergency fund. I need to love my husband better.

I’m betting you do, too.

Will you join me on my journey?