The referrers’ list

Posted: 8th May 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

Other than the number of blog hits, one of the most intriguing blog stats that WordPress keeps track of is the Referrers list. These are incoming links to this blog and typically are blogs that I regularly comment at or where I’m on a blogroll, as well as blog search engines and blog readers.

Every so often, however, there are incoming links from sites I’ve never heard of – this post is to spotlight a few of those sources:

  • — evidently my summary of Michael Barber’s post on the Pope’s recent visit got cited by a commenter on this Catholic blog as an example of the anti-Catholic commentary that exists on a blog I’ve never read, The Boar’s Head Tavern. Go figure.
  • — a gentleman from the U.K., Paul is “a Licensed Reader in the Church of England: serving in the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester, in the Diocese of Ely which encompasses much of East Anglia.” That’s a mouthful! But he has me on his blogroll – thanks, Paul!
  • — 30-something Meg linked to my recent summary of John Walton’s work on Genesis 1. She also recommends some “creation theology and science” titles by Gerald L. Schroeder.
  • — I didn’t recognize the URL, but the name behind it is familiar. Mike Sangrey is a co-contributor to Better Bibles and he’s added me to his blogroll. I don’t know why I haven’t been there yet, but I’ll look forward to digging into his site!
  • — someone’s testing a new blog, though ironically their header quote is from Genesis 2.

For those interested, the top 5 referrers to this blog for the past 30 days have been:

  4. (includes links from

Thanks everyone!

  1. Kevin Sam says:

    Wow, I’m surprised New Epistles made your top 3.

  2. I’m not surprised at all… you’ve obviously gotten a lot of traffic on your site with your excellent translation comparison posts. I’m sure I’m just benefiting from the increase in “blogroll surfing”.

  3. Nathan Stitt says:

    I have similar figures for #1 and #3 from TC and Kevin’s blogs. My assumption is that they both browse blogs via their own blogroll and not from a feed reader. Once I read your stats it seemed to confirm this. Although I could be completely wrong and they have a ton of traffic coming our way. 8)

  4. Peter Kirk says:

    Interesting that Mike Sangrey is updating his blogroll. Sad that he hasn’t posted one of his excellent posts in nearly two years, an eternity in blogging timescales.

  5. TC says:

    Hey guys! I’ve gone for a domain name: I appreciate very much if you can make the change.

    Thank you,

  6. @Nathan: That’s a good point… fortunately I tend to use a blog reader to “hide” my visits! I’ve gone back to Google Reader after using Bloglines Beta for the past many months – I like ’em both, Google just integrates with my iGoogle home page better. Duh.

    @Peter: I don’t actually know *when* Mike updated his blogroll, just that I got a hit from it in the last few days. I agree that I’d like to see more from him.

    @TC: Thanks for the note – I’ve updated my Links page.

  7. TC says:

    Wow! I’m a busy browser. I guess I have to cut down on my browsing!

    Thanks, Elshaddai.

  8. ...paul says:

    Hi. I’m he of the mouthful of a description — might have to change that! 😀 I’m just getting caught up after some time away from the computer, and found your link in my lists.

    I’ve been reading “He is Sufficient” for quite a while, not always as regularly as I’d like though, hence the addition to my blogroll. I must admit though, that I’ve tended to do just what you’ve been talking about in these comments, browse from my blogroll (I am relatively new to blogging and blogs). It didn’t occur to me that it might give a false impression of numbers, but now I’ve read it, I can see it makes absolute sense. So I’ve learnt something new today, and will make some changes to my habits to reflect this. Thanks guys.

    Cheers for now,

  9. Thanks for dropping by, Paul, and thank you again for linking to the blog! Feel free to keep browsing from the blogroll – I really don’t mind, and I try not to pay *too* much attention to the stats!