May 20, 2009 at 11:05 am 6 comments

The View From the Juniper Tree went on line in January of 2007.  Having never “blogged” I had no idea what I would write about or if anyone would read it.  Now 52 months later the Juniper Tree has passed the 100,000 mark in views.  That feels pretty good to me. 

On October 30th of 2007 I posted a conversation with Lee and Mary Akin along with some pictures of them and their daughter Jada.  That post, along with some follow up posts on the Akins, is by far the most viewed of the 377 times I have posted on the Juniper Tree (nearly 8K views).  Second most popular post was written by Linda about what it was like to move from a big house into a 5th wheel RV.  It is read many times every day!  The most read of my writings is this one on the institutional church.  The “about” page has been viewed nearly 1000 times, which I think means there have been a few folks drawn here that wanted to know something about the author. 

The blog started as a way to keep our family and friends updated on our travels between Washington, Oklahoma and Arizona, along with many points in between.  Monday morning meanderings has been a staple on the blog to accomplish that purpose.  The first one was put up on my brothers birthday, June 25, 2007 , posted from Shelton Washington, and the last went up a few days ago, from Sayre, Oklahoma.  There have been a total of 79 meanderings, written from nearly 30 different locations.

I have done a couple of series along the way that have drawn some interest.  This one on the Kingdom began back in March of 2008 and so far there  has been 16 in the series but 131 of the 377 posts have had a Kingdom focus.  Nothing more important for the Juniper Tree than the Kingdom.

The most difficult series to write has been the current one 24.  I am learning as I go and finally outing myself as to my theological views.  The current one precedes this post. 

Posts with pictures get way more views than long posts about spiritual stuff.  Hard to figure that out! 

All 5 of the grandchildren are a special part of the Juniper Tree.  This post announced the arrival of the Eyob Mark Armstrong, who joined the family from Ethiopia.  Eyob is now nearly 2.5 and though he has struggled to adapt and be adapted to, he is deeply grafted into our family.  Sloan, Sean, Canyon Paul and Sage round out the grandchildren with more to come we trust?


There are hits from all over the world.  Included in the last 30 hits to the site, are Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, New Mexico, Missouri, Mississippi, Massachusetts, along with the usual staple of visits from Washington, Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona.  In the last 30 hits to the site, there have been visits from the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Kuwait and Canada.  At last count people from more than 70 countries and all 50 states have stopped by the Juniper Tree.  By far the largest concentration of hits comes from Washington and Oklahoma.  Nearly 100 visits come from Shelton, Union and Olympia every week. 

Since I started linking the blog to my Facebook page the visits have increased by 10%.  Guess I should get a MySpace deal too.

It has been fun, frustrating, fulfilling and freeing to keep up this regular regiment.  It has become a regular part of my life and I am thankful so many of you find it a regular part of your life, as well.  Thanks for reading. 

100,111 and counting!


Entry filed under: Adoption, Family, Friendship, Thoughts.

24.6 The great tribulation and the false Christs. 24.7 Question one-conclusion.

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jennifer Kilts  |  June 1, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    37 years… now that is amazing! Thanks for continuing to trek through all the good and bad… it is inspiring to us all that Roman’s 8:28 is correct!
    Love you both and like Amanda above I still consider you my pastor Greg, and Linda my cherished mentor/friend!!

  • 2. Amanda  |  May 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    i too still consider you my pastor, and look forward to reading the next 100K!!!

    well i feel for Mario, its a pretty “boat rocking” philosophy in these popular end times era. but i must say its usually the right way that gets ridiculed the most. i most especially love the last paragraph, about taking back the territory lost!

  • 3. Nancy R  |  May 20, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I only became aware of your blog a few days ago and have read them ever since. Thank you for sharing what is on your heart!

  • 4. Maggie & Mike  |  May 20, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Wow! You are doing an amazing job. Reaching out to all of us. This takes a lot of time and patience. Whenever I receive the Juniper tree in my e-mails, I go to Juniper Tree first. I need to see what you are sharing. We still consider you our Pastor and very best friends. Linda we love Jakes updates one of these days MacHarley and Jake must play together. Both of you are and inspiration to many. Love, and best wishes. In Him…

  • 5. Kasey  |  May 20, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Congrats Greg! That is an awesome achievement and a testament to your commitment and focus.

    . . .and popularity 😉

  • 6. Linda  |  May 20, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Didn’t know how this blog-stuff would turn out when you started, but it has turned out to be a blessing to you, me, and others, and God has used this to help all of us grow. Thank you for speaking the truth, continuing to walk into your destiny, and growing “in front” of all of us who read your words/heart and see into your life. I love you, husband of almost 37 years! 🙂

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