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Top 4 Posts at The God Project Dot Net

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Happy Sunday, Seekers! This blog launched last November with nothing but a dream, a recycled WordPress.org account, and a domain name easily confused with a neo-Gothic rock band (“aggressive, intelligent, industrial-electronic music from northeast Kansas”), a fairly well-known horror novel by the late John Saul, and an obscure 2008 documentary with the exact same logline as our beloved The God Project Dot Net (“This is a story about a person looking for meaning in life, and the consequences he must ultimately face upon actually finding that meaning”).

So far, we have written 73 posts in 56 categories and a total of about 36,000 words. (To give you a benchmark, the average bestselling Janet Evanovich novel is about 60,000 words.) So that’s more than half a book’s worth of wisdom fire-hosed at you for free, kids. You’re welcome.

How is our traffic? Well, that’s proprietary, but I’ll reveal one piece of it. Back in 2009, I wrote a totally different blog on this same WordPress.org account under the domain name “Stuff Assholes Like” — a play on the then-phenomenal “Stuff White People Like” blog. It consisted of a numbered list of, well, stuff assholes like (“#35. Interrupting People”). Traffic to that blog averaged about ten times higher than traffic to the blog you’re reading now. Once again, the assholes win.

A few of my posts have had disproportionately large and sustained visits over the past few months. Since I can’t find direct links to them, they must be benefitting from some outsize word of mouth. In case you missed them:

“Top 4 Most Popular TGPDN Posts of All Time (So Far)”

#1. The Oprah-Eckhart Tolle “Scandal” — This post pointed out how much, um, homage the bestselling Eckhart Tolle pays to a certain 18th century monk named Jean-Pierre de Caussade, who wrote a classic treatise on the spiritual importance of living in the NOW.

#2. 20 Arguments for Atheism — A ranked list of the best arguments against the existence of God, as compiled by Professor Peter Kreeft and redacted by moi. (A similar list on 20 Arguments for God was not nearly as popular 😦 )

#3. A God Called “It” — Early on (Nov. 23), I wrote a brief manifesto on why I think it’s logically ridiculous to assign a sex to God, and why the only reasonable pronoun to use in referring to the God is “It.” I have no idea why, but for about a month there was a massive pile-on of visits to this particular post.

#4. Are Catholics Cannibals? — Answer: No. In which I address the issue of “transubstantiation” and whether Catholics believe the communion wafer really contains the body of Christ (ick).

Thanks for reading. Peace.

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Aquinas vs. Wired Magazine

Too late, it seems, we find out that blogging is dead. How’s that for an opener? Let it never we said we here at The God Project Dot Net are demur.

Two years ago, Wired magazine ran a story called “Kill Your Blog. It’s So 2004.” Wherein said story made the provocative claim that stand-alone bloggers were all but worthless and should terminate their blogs if not, indeed, themselves.

“Thinking about launching your own blog?” asks Wired, like a boxer doing a subtle bob-and-weave right to load up her thundering cross. “Here’s some friendly advice: Don’t.” Whew – we already launched, so maybe we can grandfather in. But wait! “And if you’ve already got one, pull the plug.”

Well. We don’t know what to say. We can only ask: WHY? In what I suppose can be called a clever end-cap, the writer (Paul Boutin, a blogger) summarized his terse piece even more tersely:

“@WiredReader: Kill yr blog. 2004 over. Google won’t find you. Too much cruft from HuffPo, NYT. Commenters are tards. C u on Facebook?”

Which brings us to Aquinas – he’s back, in honor of Sunday! Were he the author of The God Project Dot Net, rather than its guiding spirit, he might treat Boutin’s question as follows:

Thomas Aquinas’ “Summa Theo-Blogica”

Article. Whether this blog should be continued?

Obj. 1. It would seem this blog should be shut down. For Boutin says (W. 10.20.08), “It’s almost impossible to get noticed.”

Obj. 2. Further, this blog is a waste of energy. “The time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is better spent expressing yourself on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter.” (Bout. op. cit.)

Obj. 3. Further, blogs tend to attract the lowest form of creation, aka, “The insult commenter.”

On the contrary, blogs per se are not a waste of space. Blogs serve a purpose manifestly different from other channels. And only a blogger of weak virtue does it to become well-known.

I answer that, as stated above, the nature of a blog is twofold. First, the blog quite obviously should not be a vehicle for fame on the scale of popular culture. The blogger who seeks riches, adulation, booty calls and an invitation to New Year’s Eve at Gwyneth Paltrow’s Greenwich Village rowhouse is in need of psychiatric medication, stat. Second, the best blogs serve a niche of intelligent readers who are engaged around a particular subject and welcome more than 140 shorthand characters of depth.

Reply to Obj. 1. Good blogs exist for reasons other than blogger fame, such as the exploration of a theme, sharing of ideas, participation in the ageless flow of intriguing thought. Therefore, this blog does not need to be shut down.

Reply to Obj. 2. Videos are videos. Pix are pix. Tweets are, sadly, tweets. To claim they serve the same purpose as “witty blog prose” is to make a category mistake.

Reply to Obj. 3. This objection contradicts itself: It claims nobody notices blogs, and then complains that people notice them in the wrong way. Filters exist to eliminate pathological comments. And some haters may have a point.

Conclusion: The God Project Dot Net will not shut down. You’re welcome.