Banished Words

Lake Superior State University releases a list of banished words each year (the list for 2011 is here). These are words that have gotten over-used and lost their meaning. I can’t say that I agree with the entire list, but it’s pretty accurate.

I ran a few of the banished words through a Google search on my blog, and here’s my scorecard:

  • Viral … 0
  • Epic … 1
  • Fail … a few times, but not as LSSU bans it
  • Wow Factor … 0
  • A-ha Moment … 0
  • BFF … 0
  • Man Up … 0

Not too bad!

Now I just need to make sure I’m doing the same careful evaluation of my everyday vocabulary to make sure I don’t sound too “churchy.”

2010 In Review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how did in 2010, and here’s a summary of its findings: Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships. In 2010, there were 317 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 607 posts. The busiest day of the year was January 5th with 434 views. The most popular post that day was Pastor Bono.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were, WordPress Dashboard,,, and Some visitors came searching, mostly for craig t owens, stones of remembrance, prisms, and glory of God.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Pastor Bono December 2009
What Bono said that pastors should be saying.


Anger That Crosses The Line July 2010
When does anger cross the line and become sin?


God Tests Us April 2010
Sometimes God has to give us a test.


God’s Big Hands April 2009
No safer place to be.


365/730/1095 Challenge November 2009
All the things I’m thankful for in 2010.

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by so often in 2010! Here’s to an even better 2011!

Books I Read In 2010

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