I think this is the first post I’ve written here that has nothing much really to do with Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, or mine or anyone else’s experiences with Christian Science. It has to do with a nerdy, compulsive thing I do every day; multiple times daily, sometimes. I am a statistics nerd, stats are one of many varied components of my day job, and this blog is no exception to my interest in them. I like to look at the stats for this blog. Sometimes after I’ve published a new post, I’ll check and see how long it takes before I have views on it. Yeah I know, I seriously need to get a life.
WordPress, the platform I use for this blog, does a pretty good job of presenting me statistics on how many visitors and views I have, what they’ve looked at, what links they’ve clicked in my blog (which has affected how much I link in my posts lately vs. earlier), and even a neat little map of the world that highlights the countries some of my viewers are from. That last one is the one I like the most. Just in case you’re curious, here’s a list of countries that have popped up in the month or so that I’ve been writing this blog (in order of most visitors to least): United States, Canada (I’m thinking some of those might be me), United Kingdom, Jersey (it’s near the UK), Germany, Hong Kong, India.
Another thing I look at is search terms that have brought people here. So far, there have been few visitors who have come here via internet searches. You have to be going at it for awhile for search engines like Google to start picking you up, and I haven’t been at it for long. Also, I need to work on refining my tags, perhaps. I suspect most of my current readers have found me by word of mouth, via other similar blogs, or via Facebook groups where this blog as well as others have been mentioned. I may just follow the lead of my fellow blogger at Kindism and put up a poll asking visitors how they found this blog.
Anyway, what really prompted this post was a search term that someone used that I didn’t expect: “christian science cerebral palsy”. Most of the other searches terms that have led readers to me are some variation of “Christian Science deaths” or “deaths in Christian Science”–which is a bit disturbing to me on a certain level–that says something to me about Christian Science, and I may write about that in the future.
I’m guessing this person was led to a post where I mentioned my younger brother (there have been a couple), who suffered from cerebral palsy. I wonder about this person, what their question was, and if they found an answer. I could share more about my experiences growing up with him, it’s just that my thoughts on this blog have tended to be more current, and my dear brother died 28 years ago while I was still a teenager. Maybe I’ll revisit my childhood more.
Anyway, just my thoughts for the day. And, if you are that person who searched on cerebral palsy, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me if you have a question. It’s a condition I grew up having an intimate knowledge of, and also having to deal with the conflict between that reality and the persistent regimen of denial that Christian Science inflicts. A psychologist could probably have fun analysing my childhood and the weird conflicts I had to deal with.