I have discovered that people like to read about controversial stuff. If you take a look at the popular posts on my blog as shown in the widget on the sidebar you will see that most of them have to do with things like Mormon Feminism, Religion in Politics, Boy Scouts, Gays and the LDS Church, and of all things, Donny Osmond on Eternal Marriage. I haven’t written anything about abuse, polygamy, the temple, blacks and the priesthood or ex-Mormons.
I like blogging about controversial subjects because it stimulates dialog. That is a good thing. Most of the controversy comes right from the headlines today, especially since Mitt Romney has brought so much attention to the church. In the end, all dialog should point to one place – the words of the prophets and apostles on the subjects at hand. That is always my intent – to take some headline of the day and add commentary that includes modern revelation on the subject.
I guess I’m just trying to follow the advice of an apostle to share the gospel using the new media. It seems to be working. I am getting links to my posts from, of all places, the Wall Street Journal – note the link on the bottom of the WSJ page to my post “Are Mormons Zionists?” I am surprised that posts I think will be popular are ignored or don’t show up high on the hit list. StatCounter is amazing. It shows me exactly what keywords you use to get to my blog. As I suspected, almost every search came from Google. Amazing!
I wish there was a way to tell the religious association of those who visit my blog. Based on the keyword searches I suspect the majority are LDS. I’m pleased to see the number of searches on terms like ‘Anthony Larson‘, ‘Joseph Smith comet’, ‘comet of the last days’, ‘unusual signs in the latter days’ and ‘Velikovsky City of Enoch’. Yep, you guessed it. I’m fascinated by prophesied cataclysmic events of the last days. I plan to add a lot more posts about the subject.
One of the great things about blogging, and especially about Blogger with the automatic and almost instantaneous keyword indexing on Google is the ability to connect with people who share the same interests as I do. Thanks for stopping by. I am gateful to be a part of the generation that uses the new media and is curious about what others are writing about similar subjects. The world is changing and it is changing the way members of the church connect and share.