I can see stuff you can’t. No, I don’t mean I can see stuff like Haley Joel Osment — “I see dead people.” As my three-year-old grandson said about stuff like that — “Too scawy.” He meant scary. You had to be there, I guess, but it was really cute. Anyway, although I can’t see who visits the blog, what I can see is stuff like:
- how many page views we get
- what links visitors came from
- what links they clicked out on
- what posts they looked at
So much for privacy. But the really interesting thing is, I can see what people are searching for when they wind up serendipitously at “Confessions of a Small-Church Pastor.” Here are some of the more interesting things folks were looking for:
- Sermon for Superbowl Sunday — This has popped up several times. Hey, folks, it’s Thursday. You got two more days. What’s the rush?
- Germany church pastors — Somebody keeps looking for German church pastors and landing here. Let me make this clear — the only German church pastor I know is Dietrich Bonhoeffer and it’s really hard to reach him now.
- Pastor search — I get a lot of these with variations — pastor search, pastor search committee, senior pastor search, pulpit committee, etc. Go to Churchstaffing.com, ’cause I have no jobs. But if you hear of something you think I might be interested in…..(just kidding, in case my deacon chairman looks at this!)
- Pastor Jennifer email address — Pastor Jennifer, somebody is looking for you, wherever you are.
- 2007 Email Pastors Friends Church — I don’t even know what these folks are looking for. They are either looking for email for their pastor’s friend’s church, or Friends Church, or 2007 or something. Let me make a suggestion — look for “how search engines work.” Could save you a lot of time.
- Pastors leaving ministry — I get a lot of these. Unlike some other searches, these aren’t funny. As a matter of fact, I got more response to the two posts I did on leaving the ministry than anything else I have posted. Some of us are hurting and looking for help, or at least a place to gather with other pastors who have faced similar situations. I hope you feel this is your place. As always, you can email me, post a comment, or just hang around. Believe me, I know what it’s like to be searching for someone who understands.