Friday, August 01, 2008

Nevermore

Pentecost +12 – Year A

Currently our Kairos CoMotion Lectionary blog is being blocked. According to Google, our blogspot host, we may be in violation of their spam policies. They do admit that their algorithmic suspicion of us may be a false positive. So, as I write they are supposedly doing a "human review" of our site.

It seems a desolate place, alongside opportunity, has come knocking, knocking, rapping, tapping at our door. Our fear of nevermore has manifested. If we don't pass some human review, in 20 days all the words here will be deleted.

Is this an opportunity to turn our few readers into a multitude? Probably not. We do not currently have the interest, expertise, or other qualities to market this site. In fact, according to the statistics for the month of July 2008 we have 186 fewer visits than in July a year ago (510 minus 324). 85% of our visitors come as a result of a link on textweek.com (the premier lectionary site you should know about) [kudos also to links or references to us from deaconsil.com and unamalachica.blogspot.com and a few who apparently have us bookmarked]. This web usage is in addition to the 29 people who receive it as an email on a daily or weekly basis.

I don't usually look at these sorts of statistics as this site is not intended for mass appeal. When I do these periodic reviews, however, it usually brings a pang or two of disappointment since we all behave as though a mirror reflects better than it receives (see Mirrors Don't Lie. Mislead? Oh, Yes.) and I am not exempt from fantastic fantasies of self-importance.

Upshot: we are a desolate place on the web. May a blessing come, anyway.

Second upshot: In theory we will be able to post within two business days. Since we aren't known for doing business as usual, we'll just have to wait and see. If you get this, you get this. If you don't, you don't.
 

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