Travelling by Blog

This is the extent of the reach of my blog since it started back in 2012. The darker the colour, the more visits from that nation.

The most noticeable blank on the map is Greenland because of its size. Most of the other places not reached are to be expected but one or two absences are not so easily understandable: North Korea, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Syria, Iraq,  several African countries, Cuba, Papua New Guinea, Uruguay and it seems, the Falkland Islands (and probably several other small places not easily identifiable on a map of this scale).

Just a sample of the numbers of views from individual countries:

USA 39,055
UK 7,035
Australia 5,968
Canada 3,637
New Zealand 3,208
Singapore 1,468

The highest “ranking” Moslem nation is Malaysia, with 986 views.

There have been 85 views from Israel.

Saudi Arabia has 35 views

China 20 views

And Iran 1 view.

AWAY

I’ll be taking two weeks off and won’t be monitoring this blog while I’m away. Any comments submitted during that time won’t be passed through moderation until I return on 26th April.

It is possible that an article or two will be pre-scheduled to be posted during that time.

And just before I take time off, this happens:

US strikes Syrian airfield in first direct military action against Assad.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/06/trump-syria-missiles-assad-chemical-weapons

Considering the importance of this area with regard to biblical prophecies, it will be interesting to see where this escalation of hostilities leads.

4 Week Break

I’m taking a four week break and won’t be able to moderate any comments made until I return around mid January.

It’s possible that I’ll schedule some pre-written articles to be posted during my time away, so the appearance of new posts during that period doesn’t mean I’ve returned earlier than intended.

“Post Truth”: an unfortunately timely ‘award’

Post-truth’ named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries

 

In the era of Donald Trump and Brexit, Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” to be its international word of the year.

Defined by the dictionary as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, editors said that use of the term “post-truth” had increased by around 2,000% in 2016 compared to last year. The spike in usage, it said, is “in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States”.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/15/post-truth-named-word-of-the-year-by-oxford-dictionaries

 

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Sadly this “word of the year” is also all too applicable in the Christian/Evangelical world, where truth is becoming more an more expendable.

Gaps on the Map

Occasionally I check the statistics related to this blog.
One of the more fascinating aspects is seeing how widespread the blog visitors are.

Since I started Onesimus Files with wordpress early in 2012 , the map of the world has slowly been filling.

For a time there was a big gap across Asia until I had my first visitor from China. There have now been 8 visits from China. That’s not many compared to the 23,279 from the US, but there’s no less satisfaction with those 8.

While most of the statistical world map has been covered, there are still countries not represented as blog visitors, mostly in central Asia and central Africa and a few in South America.

The largest land area still unrepresented is Greenland.
world stats

The countries that are part of the gaps on the map include:

In South America – Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay,

In Central Asia – Iraq, Syria, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan,

In Africa – Ethiopia, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Mauritania.

Looking at the list it seems clear that several of the missing nations in Asia and Africa are affected by similar political/religious conditions.

Worldwide Reach.

I’m amazed to see how widely my blog has been seen. The map below shows which parts of the world it has reached.

Most of North and South America – apart from a couple  of countries in South America;  a large section of Asia, with a few in Central Asia missing.  Africa has the most “white patches” to show they’ve provided no visitors here – and then to the north, Greenland remains unvisited.

Sadly Antarctica isn’t included on the map, so I’ll never know if someone there pays a visit.

 

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Emergency Relief for Iraqi Christians

From voice of the Martyrs

(see link for further details) http://wearen.net/

Emergency Relief for Iraqi Christians

On 17 July, Christians in Mosul, Iraq were given three choices by the Islamic militant group ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham).

1. Convert to Islam

2. Pay a protection tax

3. Leave before 19 July or be killed
In line with their demands, the ISIS systematically targeted known Christian homes in Mosul by painting on their walls the Arabic letter ‘N’, short for Nassarah, which means Christian.
Modern-day Exodus

Afraid for their lives, thousands have fled, taking only what they could carry.
Of 35,000 Christians living in Mosul, it is believed that few, if any, have remained.
How can you help?

We will provide Christians who have escaped Mosul with an emergency ‘N’ Life Pack containing a Bible and emergency relief items, including food.

You can help by supporting Voice of the Martyrs Australia with your donation to supply a Special Emergency ‘N’ Life Pack for $25.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 for these ‘N’ Life Packs for our persecuted brothers and sisters. This means we will provide 2,000 families with emergency relief!

Please partner with us and be ‘bound with them’ by donating to this emergency appeal

Where’s The Like Button?

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Knowing that someone “likes” what I’ve written can be encouraging. It’s good to get feedback, especially an indication of appreciation.

Whenever someone has clicked the “like” button I’ve tried to visit the linked site to see how much I have in common with the person who has “liked” my post. Sometimes that has been worthwhile, but mostly it hasn’t.

Over time I’ve noticed that more and more “likes” seem to be an alternative to SPAM. The most common traits shared by those who allegedly “like” one of my posts have been: Young. American, Male. And they have found a way of making money (with very little work) by using the internet. I’m guessing part of their strategy is to attract hits on their own blogs – or by enticing others to join whatever scheme they themselves allege is making them money.

I have also seen that some of the sites linked to those who clicked the “like” button have a sexually explicit nature. Comments from sites of that type regularly get intercepted and dumped into the Spam file where I can easily delete them. However, through the “like” option they have the potential to leave an un-noticed link on my blog from which those unsavoury sites can be accessed.

So far I haven’t found a way to completely remove the like button from all posts, but I can remove that option whenever I post a new article, but that needs to be remembered each time I publish something.

So, if you are one of the genuine people out there who sincerely like something I write, I hope you understand my reason for removing the “like” button. And if you do like something I write, why not make a brief comment, even if you only type the word “like” in the comments section?
I’m also giving this announcement its own page that can be easily accessed via a tab at the top of the page making it more easily accessible to future visitors.

Going Away

I’m going away for a two week break from 18 October returning on November 4.

Any comments posted during that time will have to wait for moderation until I get back: also a scary amount of SPAM will have to wait to be deleted.
Over the life of this blog there have been 1008 approved comments (and very few that I deleted), but there have been almost 18,000 items of SPAM.