My first book, THE EMAIL ORDERED WIFE was completed in 2012. I created FILIPINATHENANDNOW.COM in 2013 for the main purpose of promoting my books. I never realized the blog would provide its own worth until I posted The Shallowness of Youth. The article gained a few pageviews then, suddenly in 2013, jumped to 3,450 pageviews and all from Ukraine! That put it at the top of popular post list.
Ukraine President Yanukovych was ousted on 22 February 2014 followed by Crimea’s annexation by Russia in March. Crimea was a part of Russia since the year 1783, until 1954, when Crimea province was transferred from the Russian SFSR to the Ukrainian SSR by a decree of the Soviet Union.
After the Russian annexation of Crimea, the pageviews from Ukraine trickled down. Clearly, the political changes affected the territories of Ukraine and Russia putting 6,761 pageviews credited under Russia. But to this day, The Shallowness of Youth, a totally unpolitical article, remains on top of the most read article list with 4,481 views while overall stats shows a total of 15,993 from Ukraine. I was fired up by the historical and political impact on my humble blog.
I was motivated to make the blog a part of my ministry. I wrote down my personal insights on Bible stories and passages that may or may not necessarily reflect my religious organization’s teachings. The blog, as an instrument for preaching, is not a part of ministry statistics because I have no way of knowing if the pageview led to www.jw.org. As for pageviews of the Biblical articles, it has reached conservatively 5,190. Only Jehovah who can read the heart of the readers can judge the merit of my blog preaching. “For Jehovah searches through all hearts, and he discerns every inclination of the thoughts” (1 Chronicles 28:9)
Today my blog passed 100 thousand pageviews. That is nothing to brag about considering the internet can deliver millions. Four out of ten articles on the list of popular posts are about dialysis. This blog has given me a venue to relay personal knowledge as a patient about kidney disease which remains in the dark despite millions of patients dying from all over the world.