Saturday, April 26, 2014

Warren Throckmorton: Mars Hill Orange County and the City of Santa Ana, the church that didn't want to move

A few brief observations.

First, while Throckmorton links to an update in the following way:

"The video of Driscoll has now been made private (not viewable) and Bogardus’ update has been scrubbed from the site. However, you can read it via the Internet Archive."

Well, no, not now.  You see this link

Doesn't work.  Why?  Because robots.txt is in effect.

Page cannot be crawled or displayed due to robots.txt.

some stats from Alexa show a slight bump down in Mars Hill related traffic

As Mars Hill Church notes over at their site their web presence could be summed up as,, and

Well, how have these sites been doing in the last three months in the wake of about half a year of controversy surrounding Mark Driscoll's publications (either the ResultSource contract that got Real Marriage on the NYT bestseller list or the plagiarism or factual errors spread across seven of Mark Driscoll's published books)?

What's got on the trends of the MH sites?

Alexa rankings for Mars Hill sites
Global Rank
109,490 (down 43,205 vs the previous 3 months)
Rank in United States
Global Rank
93,856 (down 30,210 vs the previous 3 months)
Rank in United States
Global Rank
1,358,043 (down 728,795 vs the previous 3 months)
Rank in United States
Global Rank
689,898 (down 231,968 vs previous 3 months)
Rank in United States

A downward trend on all fronts, it seems.  These are more yardsticks of a moment rather than meaningfully hard numbers in themselves but the drop across the board is interesting to note.

Precisely what it may mean, though, would be difficult to say.   And as Driscoll himself has pointed out the speed of change at MH can be pretty high so numbers and stats will tend to vary. 

Mars Hill Church introduces Steve Tompkins as director of Mars Hill Schools


Friday, April 25, 2014

for a supervisor (a haiku)

There may be no "I"
in "team" but look carefully
and you will find "me".


a lively March has been followed by a fallow April

The title of the blog post essentially speaks for itself but not entirely.

It has been a while since Wenatchee The Hatchet has blogged about things in the arts.  I vaguely recall writing something about Claudio Giuliani's worthy commercial recording of the complete guitar sonatas of Diabelli, for instance.  And there was some stuff about how the wind rises over at another blog but there's been a lot that's been fallow.  This may change but it depends on a number of variables that are not entirely in Wenatchee The Hatchet's control.

Still, a lack of activity online is not necessarily a sign of a lack of activity.  It might be a bit forward to note that because Resurgence added robots.txt so that The WayBack Machine can no longer do web crawls that archive material published there that this has been a variable to consider in how to write about what sorts of things.  It's been rather striking what and how much material from Mark Driscoll has been purged in the last month. 

Some things under consideration for the blog are ways to make it slightly more user-friendly.  The blog does not have a history of having easily tagged sets of posts for consultation.  The possibility of constructing a timeline of basic events might also be handy.

But there's other material germinating.  Basically you'll probably know it when you see it and since at this point the blog has this reputation for being about X when Y, Z, A, W and Q also appear at the blog and that's not likely to change.  People are going to be thinking about the Mars Hill related posts regardless of what may show up at the blog about anime or the music of Ferdinand Rebay.

But in the interest of getting a blog post back toward the arts, if briefly ... we'll have a little something momentarily.