Toys for my blog

2 new toys for my blog both from

1. User online counter (free) – Thanks to Gabi in Budapest for recommending this one. I have been wanting one for a while so that people would feel a sense of being in community when they are on my site.

2. Tagboard. I know i already have a comments section. But this Tagboard gives a more dynamic feel – and it is free for a month.

Why do i not have a hit counter on my site? Because i dont like them – I think they often stroke the ego of the blogger and they turn people into numbers which can be turned into power. I dont like it when churches do this (me more powerful because me have more people on sunday!!!!) and I dont like it when bloggers do the same. I want to respect the people that come here – they are a significant part of my life. No one wants to be someone else’s NUMBER! This is a big reason why people leave churches.

Why do I not have Google Ads or advertising? Same reason. Although i am thinking through what would happen if we bloggers dedicated a tithe (tenth) of our front page for worthy causes. Some kind of banner ads for our favourite charities or even advertising for God’s message and cause, could be created and stuck in the space. Kind of like . . “Godly Ads”


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.

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