Post #2000

This morning’s post was the 2,000th on this site.

Few blogs ever make it to the 1,000 mark, let alone 2,000β€”and the credit goes principally to all of you who participate in the discussions here, since you give me the enthusiasm to keep this going. Thank you!

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  1. Congratulations, Daniel!!!! That’s quite a wonderful achievement!

  2. Daniel, that is just too cool! good for you, ole buddy!

  3. Congrats Daniel. I thoroughly enjoy this site. As a younger reader, I also enjoy the insight and knowledge about the industry and its message given from the perspective of some much wiser than I. I hope to be reading this blog for years to come (and maybe one day see my name featured.) lol

  4. Hip, hip hooray! πŸ™‚

  5. For he’s a jolly good fellow, which nobody can deny. Good work, old chap! πŸ™‚

    • Is that a literature reference? A song reference?

      • “For he’s a jolly good fellow?” That’s a song traditionally used to congratulate somebody on a birthday or other significant event. πŸ™‚

      • Ah, OK!

    • Pretty awful rhyme scheme, like CCM, don’t you think? :-)!

      Daniel, a well run site on a great subject. The Lord bless the unseen effort and all the cyber debate – for the furtherance of good gospel music, southern or not, and for the furtherance of His kingdom – in testimony & song.

      God bless all who stop here and benefit for a little time-out in musical meditation & musings.

  6. That’s SHUPER!

  7. That is great my friend! Keep on posting πŸ™‚

    • Thanks – and you do the same!

      • I will try! This has been a very busy time for me with a new job and all! I should start back up regular posting soon! (I Hope)

  8. Congratulations on a job well maintained. Sustainability speaks volumes about the quality and inspiration of your work. Your bent toward positive and Good News is appreciated by all who frequent your interesting, informative and insightful blog. Onward to to 3,000. It shouldn’t take very long, seeing the growing popularity of your views.

    • Thanks! Each 1,000 takes a little over 2 years, at about 400/year.

  9. Sorry about the “to to” typo.

  10. Yours is the Best. How do you come up with a post almost everyday ?

    • Psssst… He keeps a lot of stuff in the pipeline. I browse around the admin area as a contributor, and I seen ’em myself. πŸ™‚

      • Actually, appearances are deceiving – usually I just have a post title there as a reminder that, say, a CD review needs to be written. I rarely write posts any sooner than the evening before putting them up.

        How do I do it? Persistence and hard work, really. That’s maybe not all there is to it – being at it this long has helped me build a fair number of contacts, which helps – but it is the lion’s share.

      • Ah! Well then maybe you really are Superman… πŸ˜‰

      • Maybe so. πŸ™‚

        (But who’s that? I’ve heard the term used…)

      • Assuming you’re not just pulling my chain, Superman was a comic book and TV show character, one of a number of “superheroes” (e.g. Batman, Spiderman), who had a mild-mannered alter-ego but simultaneously had super-powers. πŸ™‚

      • Very interesting. And you’re correct, I didn’t do comic books or TV.

        Now is “pulling my chain” another literary reference? I’ve heard it before and can guess the meaning from context, but I’m still curious – and curious if you put that in just so I’d ask.

      • No, I didn’t “do” comic books or TV either, but it’s such a ubiquitous part of pop culture that I thought you might have just absorbed it, like me. πŸ™‚

        “Pulling my chain” is just a colloquialism that means you’re teasing a person.

        (I can’t believe I have to explain all of this to you… I suppose it’s rather charming in a way. ;-))

      • More specifically, it means you’re teasing a person by suckering him into some sort of assumption as a joke. It can apply to light-hearted, poker-face type jokes.

        (Example: Honey, did you really forget to buy x and y, or are you just pulling my chain?)

      • Very interesting. I wonder what started it.

      • Oh, my word. I didn’t know there were any Americans who didn’t know who Superman was. I DID do comics. NSF, Superman and Batman were DC Comics and Spider-man was from their competitor, Marvel. πŸ˜€

        Daniel, do you know who Batman is? If not super heroes, you surely know Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse etc, right?

      • Daniel, if I said “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” would I get a reaction beyond a blank stare? πŸ˜€

        (Terry and I are just teasing you, nothing personal… ;-))

      • Quartet-man – I didn’t know NSF was a super hero, yet? πŸ™‚

      • “Daniel, do you know who Batman is? If not super heroes, you surely know Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse etc, right?”

        I could pick Mickey Mouse out of a lineup. I remember being irritated when the Disnep lawyers successfully lobbied for an absurd copyright extension back in the late ’90s or so, just to keep Mickey from going into the public domain. So I remember it for that.

        I’ve heard of the other two, vaguely, but have no direct familiarity with either. I doubt I could pick either out of lineups – well, I suppose I could pick Donald Duck out of a lineup if he was the only duck, but not amongst other ducks!

      • “Daniel, if I said β€œA Charlie Brown Christmas,” would I get a reaction beyond a blank stare?”

        You’d get a pretty blank stare. I do recall a friend commenting randomly after church that he watched it every Christmas, so I’ve heard the name.

      • Lol @ David Mac. Better a Super Hero than a villain. :p

        Gosh, Daniel, what a sheltered life you have lead. πŸ™‚ It might be fun to put Daffy Duck, Donald Duck. Baby Huey and Howard the Duck in a line up and have you identify them. πŸ˜€ I actually haven’t seen the Howard the Duck movie or read the comics, but I do know who he is and he came to mind when thinking of this all-star lineup.

  11. I don’t comment often but I come to this site several times a day. Do you keep track of how many people visit your site?

    • Yes, I do, actually, and since you asked, I may as well just tell you. πŸ™‚ On an average day, there’ll be 2,200-2,900 unique visits, probably 2,000+ unique visitors (since few there be who come many times a day!) – and an additional 296, presently, who get the posts by email, and about 500 more who follow on RSS feeds. So, all told, about 3,000-3,750 people daily.

      • Daniel that is quite awesome!

        i thought for a second you meant NSF x 2,000 times / day + the rest….

        but up to 3,000 different readers daily is a lot of influence in the SG sphere.

        Just curious – can you break the averages down geographically? like southern states / northern / rest of world? And,

        SG fans / other genre fans? [I know this one would be big guess work!]

      • Sorry, I don’t have a good way of tracking SG fans vs. other genre fans, since I think visitors themselves might have a hard time pinning themselves down sometimes.

        I do have country stats:
        1. United States – 90.07%
        2. Canada – 4.34%
        3. United Kingdom – 1.38%
        4. Brazil – 0.62%
        5. South Africa – 0.42%
        6. Netherlands – 0.23%
        7. Philippines – 0.20%
        8. Chile – 0.20%
        9. Romania – 0.18%
        10. India – 0.17%

      • And I do have state stats, though these are approximations based on approximate location of IP address requesting delivery of the site, and thus someone near a state border may not always show up correctly.

        (there was a decent chunk of “unknown,” whose IP could not be guessed for whatever reason)

        1. Tennessee – 9.54%
        2. Georgia – 8.08%
        3. North Carolina – 7.56%
        4. Texas – 6.62%
        5. Ohio – 6.20% – first surprise of the list; perhaps I have better “market penetration” in Ohio due to living there most of my life
        6. Florida – 4.63%
        7. Kentucky – 4.38%
        8. Alabama – 4.00%
        9. New York – 3.83% – a definite surprise
        10. Indiana – 3.79%
        11. Michigan – 3.50%
        12. South Carolina – 3.46%
        13. California – 3.43%
        14. Illinois – 3.39%
        15. Virginia – 3.37%
        16. Pennsylvania – 3.11%
        17. Oklahoma – 2.84%
        18. Missouri – 2.33%
        19. Arkansas – 2.12%
        20. Mississippi – 1.71%
        21. West Virginia – 1.41%
        22. Minnesota – 1.00%
        23. Louisiana – 0.88%
        24. Wisconsin – 0.87%
        25. Kansas – 0.85%
        26. Iowa – 0.73%
        27. Massachusetts – 0.71%
        28. Oregon – 0.71%
        29. Arizona – 0.65%
        30. District of Columbia – 0.64%
        31. Washington – 0.56%
        32. Colorado – 0.53%
        33. Maryland – 0.51%
        34. New Jersey – 0.36%
        35. Idaho – 0.26%
        36. South Dakota – 0.19%
        37. Connecticut – 0.17%
        38. (not set) – 0.17%
        39. Nebraska – 0.15%
        40. New Mexico – 0.10%
        41. Alaska – 0.10%
        42. Maine – 0.09%
        43. Delaware – 0.08%
        44. Nevada – 0.07%
        45. Utah – 0.06%
        46. New Hampshire – 0.05%
        47. North Dakota – 0.05%
        48. Vermont – 0.05%
        49. Montana – 0.03%
        50. Rhode Island – 0.03%
        51. Hawaii – 0.02%
        52. Wyoming – 0.02%

      • There for a minute I thought I might be your only Kansas reader (not really), but if I put that percentage into 3,500 it comes out at 300.

      • I’m no math whiz, but wouldn’t less than 1% of 3,500 be under 35?

      • Let’s try it again. 0.0085*3500=29.75.

        You’re right; I left out a zero. I guess it’s more in line with my first impression!

      • So I probably have a few other Kansas readers, but not quite that many! πŸ™‚

      • I probably count for some of the Ohio, WV, and KY ’cause I live on the border of all three and wherever I am I seem to always have to check the site and comments.

      • Could be! πŸ™‚

      • Just curious, how do you get such specific statistics? Can you tell, or is a secret? πŸ™‚ As an amateur web developer, I’m interested.

        Merry CHRISTmas!

        Taylor for the Garms

      • Taylor – it’s a combination of Google Analytics (for that specific stat), various RSS reader stats plugins/monitoring, FeedBurner, and WordPress Stats. I think those are the main ones.

      • Thanks, Daniel, for sharing; I appreciate it!


      • Not a problem!

  12. Cool ,congratulations!!!

  13. How wonderful! Congratulations, Daniel! Thank you for your integrity and dedication. This site is a blessing to me.

  14. This is awesome and hopefully an encouragement to keep on keeping on. This is the first site I visit in the morning and I like the way you monitor the comments and keep them positive. I am also amazed how you get news so quickly and post it.

    • Thanks!

      People are amazed at that – and then just as amazed at what I don’t know about pop culture and other fields. There’s actually a connection in there somewhere. πŸ™‚

      • I realize these days you are swamped and might miss out on pop culture, I think we are just surprised that things that seem to be fairly common in our upbringings and childhoods seem to be unknown to you. Anyhow, your stats are quite impressive. You have built an even more successful site than I think many of us has realized.

      • Thanks! I try not to make that my focus – I just focus on getting something quality up each day and let everything else take care of itself. So I can go quite a bit of time between checking statistics, and I’m more likely than not to only do it when asked or when I make a chance to the site.

      • There’s a lot of pop culture trivia out there worth missing, and I don’t have all of it at my fingertips either. Like you, I didn’t even grow up with a television. But like quartet-man, I just think it’s amusing that you don’t even know stuff that should be so ubiquitous and obvious that it doesn’t require a television and an exhaustive study of the culture to know them. Talk about living in a cave! πŸ˜€

      • “talk about living in a cave” Like Batman does part of the time? πŸ˜‰

        Admittedly, I never watched Disney stuff (at least for the most part), or Warner stuff like Bugs Bunny and the like a whole lot, but know who they are. I was more into Super Heroes after a friend introduced me to Captain Marvel (Shazam) on TV. I probably knew who Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and such were already, but not sure as I was around 7 when he told me about that show.

      • Hey Terry, how about the Green Hornet? That’s my favorite. πŸ˜€

      • I am only familiar with Green Hornet and Kato from their appearances on the Batman TV series from the sixties. With that said, there wasn’t a lot of chance to learn much about them.

      • You can find old episodes on Youtube. Sadly, the show went out of print after one season. πŸ™

  15. Congratulations, Daniel! I enjoy reading your perspective and the comments. I also join in applauding the moderation of the comments. Thanks for keeping it clean. I also love the fact you haven’t been contaminated by pop culture. Remain ignorant as long as you can!

    • Not all culture contaminate, but admittedly there is a lot that does.

    • Davy – thanks!

    • Yes Davy, we all know how corrupting Charlie Brown is…

      (Tongue-in-cheek. ;-))

      • NSF, you should hear what the adults on the show are REALLY saying. I have recorded them and played it backwards. πŸ˜‰

      • LOL!!

        (Now that’s funny.)

  16. Doesn’t it just feel great to know that the work you’re putting in is being recognized? I know thats not why you do it, but its just another one of those benefits. I know thats how I feel when I get a new notification from my YouTube account. It makes me feel like the effort I put into it was not a waste of time. Hopefully, I can continue to grow my blog as well. You were one of my main inspirations for me starting my blog.

  17. Congratulations! We enjoy reading your blog posts and the interesting discussions that follow. πŸ™‚ It’s also a nice way to stay on top of the Southern Gospel world; we appreciate your insights. Keep writing and we’ll keep visiting!

    Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
    Taylor for the Garms Crew

    • Thanks! I appreciate it, and love it when you join in!