Blog Trends: November 06

The craziness of the election caused me to neglect my usual summary of the “most-read blogs” these past few month. But as life returns to normal, so does this regular blog feature.

It’s gratifying to know that my little blog is being more widely read all the time. Statistics show that, on average, 120-140 people stop by my website each and every day. And a fair number of those visitors head straight to the blog. (To those blog-only readers, I’d remind you: the rest of the website is pretty interesting too. Happy )

I was hit by an epiphany the other day. I don’t have to just rotely list the blog entries that get the most hits during a month. (Heck, it’s my blog, I can do anything I want…) I can instead talk list noticeable trends on the blog. So, that’s what I’ve done here, and that’s why I’ve renamed this entry. What follows, then, are some observations about the blog trends for the month, not just a recitation of the most-visited stories.

I should say, there are some entries that continue to get a lot of hits each and every month, and may-well permanently be at the top of the list forever. (All the more reason to talk about “trends,” not “most popular” entries). For example, my posting about the “five phantom fouls” from last year’s NBA Finals consistently continues to be the single-most-read blog entry; month in and month out. Which is weird to me, because I haven’t thought about the issue in a long time. I’m too busy savoring the Mav’s current 11-game win streak, and the emergence of Erik Dampier (where did that guy come from?!!! And what happened to the old Dampier? Not that I want him back…).

Another entry consistently near the top each month is my blog on Dan Fogelberg. Nice to see he still has a lot of fans out there. And, no, I don’t know how he’s doing healthwise. I just go by what I read on his website too.

Buck O’Neil died last month. And, ever since, folks have been stopping by to read this entry about him. It’s not a “top five” pick, but it’s jumped up noticeably. Which pleases me. Because Buck deserves to be remembered.

So does my friend Ed Upton. And, for reasons I can’t rightly figure, this eulogy of Ed has been getting lots of notice the past few months. It’s not at the top of the list, but somebody is reading it, and more than I’d expect. Maybe Ed’s friends are passing it along to other friends, I don’t know. But Ed was a good friend and mentor to me, and deserves to be remembered too.

And rounding out a list of blogs about specific people, a notable number of folks stopped by to read this entry on Judge Merrill Hartman. Since he is in the last weeks before his retirement, it seems good and right that folks are reading about him. He deservers our thanks for his years of service, and for his witness of how to serve the community.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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