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Saturday, October 1, A.D. 2016
Eighth Anniversary

Below are the statistics that I captured for this site’s eighth anniversary. This year’s numbers are followed by the corresponding numbers for the previous years (A.D. 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009).

The number of combined page hits is now 4,684,437 (3,531,377 / 2,281,535 / 1,500,570 / 1,005,729 / 750,449 / 346,591 / 51,294).

The accumulated visits for each type of page (spam-bombed comment family pages excluded):

About: 11,376 (9,403 / 7,258 / 5,418 / 3,962 / 2,893 / 1,649 / 386)
Acknowledgments: 6,511 (5,131 / 3,978 / 2,972 / 2,019 / 1,338 / 409 / 178)
Archives: 12,956 (10,512 / 7,906 / 6,086 / 4,301 / 3,308 / 1,664 / 360)
Arimathean realm: 31,383 (25,111 / 18,122 / 11,832 / 8,051 / 6,111 / 3,397 / 817)
Atom feed link: 91,293 (58,017 / 32,184 / 17,250 / 12,907 / 10,974 / 7,268 / 287)
Commerce realm: 70,674 (54,188 / 36,146 / 21,177 / 12,518 / 7,953 / 4,033 / 785)
Fun realm: 168,475 (118,541 / 72,790 / 40,309 / 27,979 / 18,753 / 7,786 / 2,083)
Links: 23,444 (20,415 / 16,841 / 13,399 / 6,451 / 4,249 / 2,063 / 560)
Main / introductory page: 173,920 (152,475 / 111,940 / 79,621 / 57,812 / 40,425 / 20,281 / 8,425)
Music realm: 209,339 (143,822 / 79,688 / 37,892 / 21,987 / 14,522 / 7,274 / 2,232)
Nature realm: 219,063 (135,742 / 78,385 / 39,784 / 15,786 / 9,545 / 4,397 / 864)
Permalink page: 1,016,013 (747,364 / 528,420 / 342,165 / 192,000 / 124,502 / 54,068 / 13,784)
Philosophy realm: 272,658 (184,766 / 113,284 / 58,182 / 32,041 / 21,864 / 10,600 / 3,430)
Religion realm: 299,668 (163,141 / 87,639 / 43,311 / 25,729 / 18,173 / 8,894 / 2,211)
RSS feed link: (134,816 / 104,476 / 76,275 / 52,722 / 34,585 / 21,490 / 7,271)
World realm: 126,804 (84,467 / 55,266 / 29,416 / 19,336 / 13,856 / 8,040 / 976)

I have again neglected the site for much of the year. However, I converted my publishing platform to ExpressionEngine 3 during the late winter, which was the first major technical change to Arimathea since the early years. The update provided a good occasion to do some backstage cleaning; hopefully, Arimathea (technically) now functions better as a web page. Unfortunately, the content has not seen such enhancement.

Posted by Joseph on Saturday, October 1, Anno Domini 2016
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Thursday, October 1, A.D. 2015
Seventh Anniversary

Below are the statistics that I captured for this site’s seventh anniversary. This year’s numbers are followed by the corresponding numbers for the previous years (A.D. 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009).

The number of combined page hits is now 3,531,377 (2,281,535 / 1,500,570 / 1,005,729 / 750,449 / 346,591 / 51,294).

The accumulated visits for each type of page (spam-bombed comment family pages excluded):
Arimathean realm: 25,111 (18,122 / 11,832 / 8,051 / 6,111 / 3,397 / 817)
About: 9,403 (7,258 / 5,418 / 3,962 / 2,893 / 1,649 / 386)
Acknowledgments: 5,131 (3,978 / 2,972 / 2,019 / 1,338 / 409 / 178)
Archives: 10,512 (7,906 / 6,086 / 4,301 / 3,308 / 1,664 / 360)
Atom feed link: 58,017 (32,184 / 17,250 / 12,907 / 10,974 / 7,268 / 287)
Commerce realm: 54,188 (36,146 / 21,177 / 12,518 / 7,953 / 4,033 / 785)
Fun realm: 118,541 (72,790 / 40,309 / 27,979 / 18,753 / 7,786 / 2,083)
Links: 20,415 (16,841 / 13,399 / 6,451 / 4,249 / 2,063 / 560)
Main / introductory page: 152,475 (111,940 / 79,621 / 57,812 / 40,425 / 20,281 / 8,425)
Music realm: 143,822 (79,688 / 37,892 / 21,987 / 14,522 / 7,274 / 2,232)
Nature realm: 135,742 (78,385 / 39,784 / 15,786 / 9,545 / 4,397 / 864)
Permalink page: 747,364 (528,420 / 342,165 / 192,000 / 124,502 / 54,068 / 13,784)
Philosophy realm: 184,766 (113,284 / 58,182 / 32,041 / 21,864 / 10,600 / 3,430)
Religion realm: 163,141 (87,639 / 43,311 / 25,729 / 18,173 / 8,894 / 2,211)
RSS feed link: 134,816 (104,476 / 76,275 / 52,722 / 34,585 / 21,490 / 7,271)
World realm: 84,467 (55,266 / 29,416 / 19,336 / 13,856 / 8,040 / 976)

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, October 1, Anno Domini 2015
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Wednesday, October 1, A.D. 2014
Sixth Anniversary

I forgot that it was Arimathea’s anniversary. So, I have delayed the post about the animated Saint Seraphim film until tomorrow in order to provide the page’s annual statistics in this 1,286th entry.

This year’s numbers are followed by the corresponding numbers for the previous years (A.D. 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009).

The number of combined page hits is now 2,281,535 (1,500,570 / 1,005,729 / 750,449 / 346,591 / 51,294).

The accumulated visits for each type of page (some pages are excluded, such as the spam-bombed comment pages):

Arimathean realm: 18,122 (11,832 / 8,051 / 6,111 / 3,397 / 817)
About: 7,258 (5,418 / 3,962 / 2,893 / 1,649 / 386)
Acknowledgments: 3,978 (2,972 / 2,019 / 1,338 / 409 / 178)
Archives: 7,906 (6,086 / 4,301 / 3,308 / 1,664 / 360)
Atom feed link: 32,184 (17,250 / 12,907 / 10,974 / 7,268 / 287)
Commerce realm: 36,146 (21,177 / 12,518 / 7,953 / 4,033 / 785)
Fun realm: 72,790 (40,309 / 27,979 / 18,753 / 7,786 / 2,083)
Links: 16,841 (13,399 / 6,451 / 4,249 / 2,063 / 560)
Main / introductory) page: 111,940 (79,621 / 57,812 / 40,425 / 20,281 / 8,425)
Music realm: 79,688 (37,892 / 21,987 / 14,522 / 7,274 / 2,232)
Nature realm: 78,385 (39,784 / 15,786 / 9,545 / 4,397 / 864)
Permalink page / for individual posts without comments): 528,420 (342,165 / 192,000 / 124,502 / 54,068 / 13,784)
Philosophy realm: 113,284 (58,182 / 32,041 / 21,864 / 10,600 / 3,430)
Religion realm: 87,639 (43,311 / 25,729 / 18,173 / 8,894 / 2,211)
RSS feed link: 104,476 (76,275 / 52,722 / 34,585 / 21,490 / 7,271)
World realm: 55,266 (29,416 / 19,336 / 13,856 / 8,040 / 976)

I assume that most of my hits continue to be bots. Such is obviously true from the comments that I receive. I wonder what an alien anthropologist would think of our society from the spam comments that Arimathea gets. Moreover, the spam has significantly increased. Years ago, I disabled captchas for commenting because they annoy some people and confuse others. However, it has become too burdensome to comb through thousands of spammy comments on the off chance that a real reader had something to say. So, captchas have recently returned.

I have been rather negligent of posting this past year—with less frequency, less substantial articles, and more “linky” entries. During the course of each day, I think of several good post ideas, but I tend to let them pass into the abyss of faded memories.

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, October 1, Anno Domini 2014
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Monday, May 12, A.D. 2014
Monday Mentions

Der Meschiache undzer iz geshtanen!

Happy birthday to my brother!

For today, I offer several links that may interest you:

“Is Hobbes really alive? Or is this ‘just’ a delusion of Calvin’s? (Plus, is Father Christmas/ Santa Claus really real?)” by Bruce Charlton

“They made a schism with the whole universe”—wherein Bonald provides some stirring passages from Burke about the French revolution on the Orthosphere

Barney painted by former President Bush in a story about the First Dog’s death last year

The Doctor, The Eye Doctor and Me: Analogies and Parallels Between The World of Doctor Who and the Syrian Conflict—from my friend Andrew who wonders about the market size for such a work

“How Long Are We Going to Live in This Injustice?”—a report from Amnesty International about the persecution of Egyptian Christians

Posted by Joseph on Monday, May 12, Anno Domini 2014
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Tuesday, October 1, A.D. 2013
Fifth Anniversary

It has been five years since I started Arimathea, and here is my annual statistics review.

This year’s numbers are followed by the corresponding numbers for the previous years (A.D. 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009).

The number of combined page hits is now 1,500,570 (1,005,729 / 750,449 / 346,591 / 51,294).

The accumulated visits for each type of page:

Arimathean realm: 11,832 (8,051 / 6,111 / 3,397 / 817)
About: 5,418 (3,962 / 2,893 / 1,649 / 386)
Acknowledgments: 2,972 (2,019 / 1,338 / 409 / 178)
Archives: 6,086 (4,301 / 3,308 / 1,664 / 360)
Atom feed link: 17,250 (12,907 / 10,974 / 7,268 / 287)
Commerce realm: 21,177 (12,518 / 7,953 / 4,033 / 785)
Fun realm: 40,309 (27,979 / 18,753 / 7,786 / 2,083)
Links: 13,399 (6,451 / 4,249 / 2,063 / 560)
Main (introductory) page: 79,621 (57,812 / 40,425 / 20,281 / 8,425)
Music realm: 37,892 (21,987 / 14,522 / 7,274 / 2,232)
Nature realm: 39,784 (15,786 / 9,545 / 4,397 / 864)
Permalink page (for individual posts without comments): 342,165 (192,000 / 124,502 / 54,068 / 13,784)
Philosophy realm: 58,182 (32,041 / 21,864 / 10,600 / 3,430)
Religion realm: 43,311 (25,729 / 18,173 / 8,894 / 2,211)
RSS feed link: 76,275 (52,722 / 34,585 / 21,490 / 7,271)
World realm: 29,416 (19,336 / 13,856 / 8,040 / 976)

Unlike previous years, I have not included the stats for the comment pages, as they are ridiculously spambotish.

I continue to get regular search engine traffic, but referrals from the Orthosphere have been prominent during the last year. Furthermore, Arimathea continues to frustrate internet seekers for “teendogsex” (see “Perverted Trolls”). I find a few of these bizarre search referrals (usually “+teen +dog +sex”) each month, and I always look up their I.P. addresses. Most of my visitors looking for ephebophilic bestiality come from Pakistan and India. I suspect that there is a sordid cultural current on the subcontinent which I have no interest to investigate further.

This anniversary update is post 1,149. Arimathea’s productivity has declined since its early years, but I hope that the site offers something of value every now and then.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, October 1, Anno Domini 2013
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Monday, October 1, A.D. 2012
Fourth Anniversary

Arimathea has reached its fourth year. Following the previous anniversaries, I offer today a statistics snapshot of the site.

The current numbers below are followed by the matching numbers for the previous years (A.D. 2011 / 2010 / 2009).

On Saturday, September 23, Arimathea had its one millionth visit. The number of combined page hits so far is 1,005,729 (750,449 / 346,591 / 51,294).

The accumulated visits for each type of page:

Arimathean realm: 8,051 (6,111 / 3,397 / 817)
About: 3,962 (2,893 / 1,649 / 386)
Acknowledgments: 2,019 (1,338 / 409 / 178)
Archives: 4,301 (3,308 / 1,664 / 360)
Atom feed link: 12,907 (10,974 / 7,268 / 287)
Categories: 896 (595 / 230 / 94)
Comments (for individual posts with comments): 237,348 (204,783 / 99,723 / 4,411)
Comments preview: 137,718 (137,577 / 68,051 / 9)
Commerce realm: 12,518 (7,953 / 4,033 / 785)
Fonts: 1,739 (1,177 / 302 / 68)
Fun realm: 27,979 (18,753 / 7,786 / 2,083)
Links: 6,451 (4,249 / 2,063 / 560)
Main (introductory) page: 57,812 (40,425 / 20,281 / 8,425)
Music realm: 21,987 (14,522 / 7,274 / 2,232)
Nature realm: 15,786 (9,545 / 4,397 / 864)
Permalink page (for individual posts without comments): 192,000 (124,502 / 54,068 / 13,784)
Philosophy realm: 32,041 (21,864 / 10,600 / 3,430)
Religion realm: 25,729 (18,173 / 8,894 / 2,211)
RSS feed link: 52,722 (34,585 / 21,490 / 7,271)
Search page itself (as opposed to searching from another page): 1,725 (1,117 / 78 / 16)
Search with results: 609 (427 / 103 / 62)
Search without results: 633 (524 / 89 / 8)
Smileys (for comments): 618 (519 / 337 / 66)
World realm: 19,336 (13,856 / 8,040 / 976)

The remaining hits were for non-existent pages (type 404) and various test pages.

The very slight increase in comment preview hits (only 141) means that my struggle against spambots is achieving desired results.

The most interesting search that led to my site occurred on August 23, when someone Google searched “real+Cincinnati+crackwhore+photos.” I e-mailed that to my brothers at the time, and Aaron responded, “Thank God they found what they were looking for.”

My most viewed entry used to be “Darth Bowlly,” as someone posted a link to it from Wikipedia. However, “Chicken Sexuality” has clearly overtaken it. Inquiring minds want to know!

Posted by Joseph on Monday, October 1, Anno Domini 2012
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Monday, October 3, A.D. 2011
Third Anniversary

Arimathea began three Octobers ago. For the last two anniversaries, I posted statistics to induce tedium and impatience in my readers. Naturally, I shall repeat the tradition this year.

The numbers below are followed by the matching number for last year and then by the number for the first year.

The number of combined page hits so far is 750,449 (346,591 & 51,294).

The accumulated visits for each type of page:

Arimathean realm: 6,111 (3,397 & 817)
About: 2,893 (1,649 & 386)
Acknowledgments: 1,338 (409 & 178)
Archives: 3,308 (1,664 & 360)
Atom feed link: 10,974 (7,268 & 287)
Categories: 595 (230 & 94)
Comments (for individual posts with comments): 204,783 (99,723 & 4,411)
Comments preview: 137,577 (68,051 & 9)
Commerce realm: 7,953 (4,033 & 785)
Fonts: 1,177 (302 & 68)
Fun realm: 18,753 (7,786 & 2,083)
Links: 4,249 (2,063 & 560)
Main (introductory) page: 40,425 (20,281 & 8,425)
Music realm: 14,522 (7,274 & 2,232)
Nature realm: 9,545 (4,397 & 864)
Permalink page (for individual posts without comments): 124,502 (54,068 & 13,784)
Philosophy realm: 21,864 (10,600 & 3,430)
Religion realm: 18,173 (8,894 & 2,211)
RSS feed link: 34,585 (21,490 & 7,271)
Search page itself (as opposed to searching from another page): 1,117 (78 & 16)
Search with results: 427 (103 & 62)
Search without results: 524 (89 & 8)
Smileys (for comments): 519 (337 & 66)
World realm: 13,856 (8,040 & 976)

The remaining hits were for non-existent pages (404) and various test pages.

As before, I suspect that more than half of my hits are from spambots. I receive many spammy comments, and the spam would explain the high numbers for the comments preview page. There are currently ninety-five real comments that I have not deleted, and the discrepancy shows how robotic the visits are.

New phenomena this year have been searches for spammy comments. In addition to intelligible search terms that visitors have submitted (e.g. evolution, Gospel, Newport, sex), I see regular searches for url=http://wasteyourtime.com/uselesspill.html. Who knew that remedies for erections, skin blemishes, baldness, and obesity took up so much of the nation’s attention? It is another testament to the veracity of Idiocracy.

My site’s top referrer has been Google. It is interesting to see what terms lead folks to my page. The world is a fascinating place.

Posted by Joseph on Monday, October 3, Anno Domini 2011
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Friday, October 1, A.D. 2010
Second Anniversary

Arimathea turns two years old today. If you visit regularly, I would like to thank you. Looking back, I have posted far less in the past year than in the first year, but I suppose that one’s enthusiasm for blogs is normally greater when they are new. Here is a snapshot of the page’s current statistics (with last year’s anniversary stats in parentheses), listed in descending order of popularity:

Total combined page hits: 346,591 (51,294)

Comments: 99,723 (4,411)
Comments preview: 68,051 (9)
Permalink page (for individual posts): 54,068 (13,784)
RSS feed link: 21,490 (7,271)
Main (introductory) page: 20,281 (8,425)
Philosophy realm: 10,600 (3,430)
Religion realm: 8,894 (2,211)
World realm: 8,040 (976)
Fun realm: 7,786 (2,083)
Music realm: 7,274 (2,232)
Atom feed link: 7,268 (287)
Nature realm: 4,397 (864)
Commerce realm: 4,033 (785)
Arimathean realm: 3,397 (817)
Links: 2,063 (560)
Archives: 1,664 (360)
About: 1,649 (386)
Acknowledgments: 409 (178)
Smileys (for comments): 337 (66)
Fonts: 302 (68)
Categories: 230 (94)
Search with results: 103 (62)
Search without results: 89 (8)
Search page itself (as opposed to searching from another page): 78 (16)

The huge number of comments preview strikes suggests the activity of roaming spam bots. I have had problems with my comments function since the beginning. Captchas would not work, people would complain that the system would not let them comment, and I found out that I had inadvertently banned people from commenting who were using certain browsing platforms. Thus, I have no idea how many people tried to comment on my page over the last two years. A few months ago, I decided to get rid of the spam protections and simply go through the motions of reviewing all comments before they posted. The number of spam comments has increased dramatically, but few people comment. Therefore, a large portion of my site’s traffic has been automated, which bruises my blogger ego.

Among the amusing words in my search log, I find: jew, plymouth, coulter, mother, and boozette. I refuse to mention others.

The top referrer for this site over the last year has been a Wikipedia entry on Al Bowlly. Someone used a post that I wrote on Bowlly as a reference for the article. It is amazing how many people visit my page just due to that link.

So, small beans, all and all, but it still provides an outlet for my ideas and a way to share web finds with friends and family.

By the way, happy October! Enjoy the autumn.

Posted by Joseph on Friday, October 1, Anno Domini 2010
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Thursday, October 1, A.D. 2009
First Anniversary

Arimathea today celebrates its first anniversary. I actually did not get everything up and running until the third of October last year when I found a site host, but who cares about small details? When we allows ourselves to indulge in the narcissism of the age, we can confidently dispense with minutiae.

The statistics are modest but respectable for a personal web site.

Total combined page hits: 51,294

Permalink page (for individual posts): 13,784
Main (introductory) page: 8,425
RSS feed link: 7,271
Comments: 4,411
Philosophy realm: 3,430
Music realm: 2,232
Religion realm: 2,211
Fun realm: 2,083
World realm: 976
Nature realm: 864
Arimathean realm: 817
Commerce realm: 785
Links: 560
About: 386
Archives: 360
Atom feed link: 287
Acknowledgments: 178
Categories: 94
Fonts: 68
Smileys (for comments): 66
Search with results: 62
Search page itself (as opposed to searching from another page): 16
Search without results: 8
Comments preview: 9

The stats must be a bore to everyone but me. I personally like to see how people read my page. I am surprised that so many people have clicked on the comments pages, though there have been so few comments. The current number is only fifty-three, though I have likely deleted a score. Still, it means that visitors click on pages with no comments frequently, as I cannot believe that so many people have clicked on the few posts with comments. I figure that many people click on the comments page as a form of permalink even when there are no comments. They must do this out of habit, as most blogs do not have separate permalink and comments pages. I have thought about combining both of them to meet the standard format, which might generate more commentary, but I like the look of a clean post page with no comments or comment form.

The order of realm popularity is not that surprising, either. However, I wanted to see how closely the popularity matched the number of posts. One would assume that the realms with more content would invite more hits, but visitor interest must play a role, too. Moreover, a realm would draw hits just for its existence, as a visitor does not know how many posts each realm has from the main page. So, here are the realms with the number of their entries and the number of their hits:

In the order of the number of posts:

Philosophy realm: 120 | 3,430
Religion realm: 71 | 2,211
Fun realm: 59 | 2,083
Music realm: 52 | 2,232
World realm: 27 | 976
Nature realm: 19 | 864
Commerce realm: 9 | 785
Arimathean realm: 8 | 817

In the order of popularity:

Philosophy realm: 120 | 3,430
Music realm: 52 | 2,232
Religion realm: 71 | 2,211
Fun realm: 59 | 2,083
World realm: 27 | 976
Nature realm: 19 | 864
Arimathean realm: 8 | 817
Commerce realm: 9 | 785

As expected, the philosophy realm came in first in both categories, as it is the page’s realm for aesthetic, anthrological, epistemological, ethical, metaphysical, physical, and political content. The music realm proved to be more popular than the religion and fun realms, though it had less posts. For a more rigorous analysis, I divided the number of realm hits (13,398) by the number of posts (365, one for each day), which gives us a mean of about 36.71 hits per post. The averages and deviations for the realms are:

World realm: 36.15 hits per post (-0.56)
Fun realm: 35.31 hits per post (-1.4)
Religion realm: 31.14 hits per post (-5.57)
Music realm: 42.92 hits per post (6.21)
Philosophy realm: 28.58 hits per post (-8.13)
Nature realm: 45.47 hits per post (8.76)
Commerce realm: 87.22 hits per post (50.51)
Arimathean realm: 102.13 hits per post (65.42)

Such gives us a standard deviation of almost 31.73, if I remember statistics correctly, though the Arimathea and commerce realms skew the result due to their small number of posts. Clearly, their relative popularity is driven by links from the main page.

The page also has had 916 non-spam referrals, with the largest source of traffic coming from search engines, especially Google. On such engines, the page regularly comes up as the second or third result with “Arimathea” as the search term. Take that, BibleFacts.com!

The site’s costs have been quite reasonable. I have paid $33.09 in the last year, and such includes the domain registration and an e-mail service. NearlyFreeSpeech is an excellent and inexpensive host if your site does not get much traffic. If you want a cheap blog with its own domain name and with maximized control, it would behoove you to consider NearlyFreeSpeech and ExpressionEngine software.

Anyway, thank you for visiting my third incarnation as a blogger. It may not be much, but it could be worse.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, October 1, Anno Domini 2009
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Saturday, July 25, A.D. 2009
A Wedding to Attend

I would like to congratulate the wonderful couple who marry today. I wish you every good and fitting fortune.

Be thou magnified, O bridegroom, as Abraham, and blessed as Isaac, and increased as Jacob, walking in peace and working in righteousness the commandments of God.

And thou, O bride, be thou magnified as Sarah, and glad as Rebecca, and do thou increase like unto Rachael, rejoicing in thine own husband, fulfilling the conditions of the law; for so it is well pleasing unto God.

Many blessings and many years to you!

Posted by Joseph on Saturday, July 25, Anno Domini 2009
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