2010 in review

Posted on January 2, 2011


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:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 26 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 143 posts. There were 36 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 21st with 34 views. The most popular post that day was violence at the heart of things.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were ronirvine.net, facebook.com, mariaozawa2u.blogspot.com, mail.yahoo.com, and networkedblogs.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for kindness, kindness pictures, kindness images, acts of kindness, and pictures of kindness.

Attractions in 2010

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


violence at the heart of things September 2010


incidental graces January 2009


Ground Rules for a Circle of Trust July 2010
1 comment


the way of compassion March 2010


living the questions December 2009

Blog Comments:

“I like reading your blogs. Every time I read your blogs I
get something new out of them. So I’m printing them off” .
. . 60 pages later . . .
Rest in peace, Grandma, I miss you!!!
At age 90, she was my first blog fan!!!

I stumbled on your blog….and was blown away by your
depth and honesty. Wow! You seem to have followed that
less well traveled path I myself have traveled, yet
stumbled off of in search of “security”…you eloquently
express many thoughts I’ve pushed down over the years
as I immersed myself in raising a couple of kids and
letting myself get sucked into the mundane side of
domesticity and work…I read most of your myspace
blog….what an amazing journey you have taken and
continue to take. Keep exploring the hard questions and
working through the rawness of life lived beyond the

letting you know the further I look into your blog the more I
feel I am coming home ….

Ron, your blog spoke to that buried part of my soul in a
deep way….I felt tears of empathy for the courageous
journey you so eloquently express–what a precious gift of
vulnerability you have given. I’m blown away to find
somebody from my youth who might actually be able to
understand ME, the me that nobody knows or

Your words are mesmerizing. Honestly, I wish I could
communicate my thoughts into words like that . . .
Some people try to use tricks to do what you did. Some
people will use huge, big words and complex analogies
in an attempt to sound intelligent, and end up not saying
much at all. Some people like to employ ‘willfull
ignorance’ and convince themselves that their sub-par
writing good enough (just try reading Twilight, lol). but
with your words, there was the perfect balance of
intellect, simplicity and heart for me to see what you were
trying to say. And that, my friend, is what mesmerized me.
You’ve inspired me. I am going to start a blog, it’s going
to be on my fanpage and on a separate blog too. It might
not be amazing, but I want to do it. Thank You!

I have been reading your blog lately. I just wanted to let
you know that I am finding so much comfort and hope as
I do so. The single parent and gentleness writings have
been so helpful of late. Helpful to me because you are
going beneath the placating & accepted surfaces put on
these subjects. You know of the pain and the reward if
you live it. It is encouraging to know there are others who
ride through the storms and that our reacting is

Comment on “Bullet Holes and Poverty”
A very powerful post on your blog…you captured the
craziness and the heartbreak of it all quite well.  It is a
good piece that should be more widely read.  Thanks for
putting it out there.

Comment on “Malignancy”:
I think you have done a very good job of describing one of
the greatest problems of our modern world.  I think each
one of us has to realize that we can cure it in every
conversation, every interaction, and every moment that
we spend with others.
Power Ranger Freak

I believe your blog will be a source of inspiration for her…..
if it could pull me right out of the fog I’ve been stuck in for
a decade now, it can certainly help inspire her to live the
courage of her convictions.
I feel like I have been reborn–not ‘born again’ but
awakening what had gone dormant……I feel the urge to
have an exchange with you about each one….to slowly
digest them and let them water my dry spirit.
I am so awed at the poetry of your work–how you
combine the visual image with the quotes with your own
reflections and questions–so powerful–such a gift!

Comment on “This Prey of Grace”
Wheeeewwww! I am blown away by this one my brother!
You have it. You have brought to the place of Peter and of
Paul. You have found the true God-man, the Christ. So
few truly tread there. They dance the fringe of it, fearful of
the Unknown depths of service to a true Master, true
Lord. But you have seen it. It is yours for the taking. Do
not hesitate any longer…TAKE IT!
Peace of Christ to you, my friend,

Comment on “Seeing”
Hey Ron,Geez, after reading this, it makes one wonder,
can we really see at all?  Keep on bloggin’,

I thank you for sharing your journey online….it really has
inspired me to “lean into my future” with new enthusiasm.

Comments on “living the questions”
This is beyond amazing. Thanks for posting! Is this in a
book? Or where can I find this article?

I crave for more!! And will follow to find more…knowing it’
s out there:)

Comment on “the way of the brokenhearted”
Very POWERFUL and so true!! I loves the Psalms too
and know that Gods plan is perfect! Tho He allows us
storms to weather through….His promise is that He is
right there to carry us through…if we let Him with a
willingness. He has carried me through many tough
storms and through each one of them I learn so many
new things . . .  Sir, I want to thank you for your words of
wisdom and too I thank God for bringing you into my life,
so I could read the beauty here on this page:)
God bless you,

Comment on “the progression toward compassion”
This was very powerful. I’m glad I found you on
WordPress as I used to follow you on Xanga. Thanks for
your work. Your writings are both convicting and
Captain Quaker