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2010 In Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,700 times in 2010. That’s about 14 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 76 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 23 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 2nd with 138 views. The most popular post that day was Checkerboard Legislation & The Death Penalty.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, digg.com, Google Reader, slashingtongue.com, and keithburgess-jackson.typepad.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for sheva brachot speech, bennett commentary, imitatio dei, macintyre emotivism, and sheva brachot speeches.

Attractions in 2010

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


Checkerboard Legislation & The Death Penalty March 2010


About David February 2010


Sheva Brachot Speech September 2010


Erich Fromm on Freedom – Between Pesach and Shavu’ot April 2010
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Imitatio Dei & Mipnei Darkhei Shalom March 2010


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On Anonymity

I have previously blogged anonymously. When David first recruited me for this blog I intended to blog under a pseudonym. Despite being adamant about my privacy I never fully articulated a rationale. Mostly I was concerned about repercussions in the professional realm for some of my more controversial positions. Also if my posts were to survive for posterity associated with my name, I feared that I would never post for want of stylistic perfection.

David was of course appalled by my writing under a psudonym. He contended that the culture of anonymous blogging necessarily lead to irresponsible journalism and excessive vitriol. Furthermore, he persuaded me that the quality of my writing would be better if it was sourced. This we shall see but I remain skeptical.

After careful consideration I decided to take a middle road. I am open about my identity on this blog and am using my real last name. But the first name is not my given name rather a take on my middle name. This compromises forces me to be responsable and polite but allows me to avoid discovery through searches. As far as stylistic perfection, I have decided that quality of content is more important to me than quality of medium, so the writing will not be great and perhaps sloppy but I hope the reader will forgive these trespasses and enjoy my ideas.

Welcome to my second attempt at blogging.

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The blogs I enjoy the most combine interesting, often specialized knowledge with valuable life experience.  They are written by people who are aware of their own wisdom and knowledge and are able to impart it clearly.  Unfortunately, people often have a limited amount of knowledge and wisdom that is interesting to a wider audience, which is why many blogs are much higher quality in their beginnings, when the writer is trying to impart the most valuable parts of his or her knowledge and wisdom.  The more successful blogs are (often) more of an insightful commentary on current events, either in the wider world or in the writer’s own life.  This allows the blogger to continue blogging regularly even if he has exhausted his core knowledge base.  The density of wisdom per post is smaller, but the longevity of the blog is much greater.

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First Post

Welcome to The Bennett Commentary!

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