Here they are: the top three "Daily Miracle" blog posts of the year! From its launch in March 2012, my Christian blog has been viewed 119,955 times by in 120 different countries. This is encouraging for a number of reasons, but the most important one to me, as a Christian and a writer, is that it means people still care about Jesus. Because of the blog’s success, I was able to make “A Daily Miracle” into an entire media brand: Check out our Facebook fan page (“Like” A Daily Miracle here), Twitter feed (“Follow” @adailymiracle at this link), Pinterest channel (“Follow” A Daily Miracle at this link), and Google+ page (check out “A Daily Miracle” here).
Of the thousands of atheists, agnostics, Baptists, Methodists, Muslims, Jews, Daoists, Americans, Russians, Filipinos, and Canadians that have visited my site to read about topics ranging from Justin Bieber to Britney Spears to pornography to human trafficking to homelessness, "A Daily Miracle" covered a wide variety of topics, and Google Analytics has spoken - here are the top three most-viewed Daily Miracle posts of 2012:
Written following the release of their 2012 album, Babel, this post garnered support and responses from fans and followers around the world all wondering the same thing: are they, or aren't they? With overtly religious and spiritual themes rolling throughout their lyrics, and frontman Marcus Mumford's family ties to the Christian church (his parents are affiliated with Vineyard Churches in the UK), it seems like the arrow is pointing to "yes" - but you can be the judge of that (read the original post here).
Utilizing my live-coverage-skills garnered at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, I produced a play-by-play of the 2013 Passion Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from January 1-4 (It's not technically a 2012 post, but falls within the first year of A Daily Miracle's launch, so it counts.) The conference hosted 60,000 college-aged students and their leaders at Atlanta's Georgia Dome for four days of worship, sermons, and fundraising to combat human trafficking worldwide (attendees raised over $3.3 million). Highlights included messages from pastors Louie Giglio, Francis Chan, and John Piper, and worship was led by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Jesus Culture, and more.
A Daily Miracle's first post ever, written in March 2012, was meant to encourage and inspire readers, and it has - as the third most-viewed post of 2012. It goes without saying that encouragement and inspiration are two of the most important themes of Christianity, and things that Jesus talked about quite a bit during his time on earth - it's my pleasure to spread the good word on this blog!
The 4th- and 5th- most viewed posts of 2012 also merit mentions: my post-2012-election synopsis, "Homosexuality, Marijuana, and Obama: Is America Going to Burn in Hell?" came in at #4, and "Christians, strippers, and self-control" came in at #5. Both garnered a significant amount of comments and feedback - some I had to translate on urban dictionary because of their crudeness, but alas - I was glad to read each and every one of them. The audience feedback taught me a lot about modern day faith in America, and I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store (besides 365 more days for miracles!)
Thank you so much for reading - this blog would not exist without YOU! So, whatever it is you desire to do in life, know that if you can dream it, you can do it, because in Christ, all things are possible.
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!"
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