Darkened Glass Reflections: Year in Review, 2022

2022 was a slow year for Darkened Glass Reflections. Only 37 articles were published (a decline from the previous year’s 47 and the fewest since 2015), and there was only a 2% increase in total page views. It was by far the slowest growth in the blog’s history.

By Kevin Probst [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I hope to publish at least one article per week. This has been my goal every year since 2016, but several factors led me to skip several weeks. One of my personal objectives for 2023 is to redeem the time (Ephesians 5:16) so that I may more effectively devote my energies to this blog as well as my responsibilities to my family and church.

A new series on the Sermon on the Mount began on March 6. Unlike some previous series, most articles will be “self-contained”; few will be numbered to look like part of a series since each article can be read on its own. Articles on other subjects will be interspersed, so there may be a few weeks between Sermon on the Mount articles.

Another change occurred around the same time. I noticed that articles that had the primary Scripture passage in the title seemed to draw more readers than those that did not have a Scripture citation in the title. So, most articles will have the Bible passage in parentheses after the main title.

The five most-read articles on Darkened Glass Reflections this year were the following:

Image via Pixabay.

It is more difficult to rank the top five articles published during the current year. WordPress statistics often list a visit to the newest article as “Home page / Archives,” so the newest articles do not always get a fair calculation of total readership. Therefore, the top articles of 2022 are ranked based on the following criteria: first, the total number of times readers clicked “like”; first tie-breaker, total counted page views; and second tie-breaker, comments. This year’s top five articles, based on these criteria, were:

If you have not read any of these articles before, please take the time to read them in the next few weeks.

Thank you to all who have read Darkened Glass Reflections faithfully and consistently. I pray that you will continue to join me on this spiritual journey. May God bless you throughout the coming year!

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