1,000,000 Hits on A Pilgrim in Narnia

A Pilgrim in Narnia has just now had its 1,000,000th hit! A million page views is right, according to WordPress analytics. After passing our 9th Anniversary last month, after 1,057 posts (this is number 1,058), this little sandbox of literary criticism, fan writing, intellectual discussion, and academic experimentation–a blog about reading well–has had its 1,000,000th-page view. That’s probably about 600,000 visitors, 7,750 blog followers–including nearly 4,000 readers who get blog posts by email or through their WordPress reader–and 19,000 comments and live links to the blog.

Thanks to those who have shared the blog with friends and social media connections. More than 75,000 viewers found their way here through Facebook, Twitter, and other social sharing sites.

Thanks to all the guest posters over the years. There have been about 100 guest posts and reblogs from all you great readers and writers.

And a deep thank you to all you great readers who provide intelligent discussions and give me a sense of gratification for taking the time to write. In 9 years of writing–more than 1,000,000 words of material–I have never received a dime for my work. Unlike tenured and full-time professors who are stipended for their time, the thousands of hours I have dedicated to A Pilgrim in Narnia have been entirely volunteer. But I believe in open-access free material, and it is nice to know that there are some who appreciate my writing. I also, it seems, want to be my own editor, so this works!

What’s ahead? I don’t know, actually. I still have a “5 Books Series” I want to do, and a dozen or so half-written posts on Lewis, Tolkien, Montgomery, and the books I’m reading. There’ll be a bit of vampire and macabre fiction in the weeks ahead, which will inform my writing. I am preparing a book proposal on C.S. Lewis’s spiritual theology, and a grant proposal on L.M. Montgomery and the Spiritual Life, so I may try out some material. In any case, I suspect that A Pilgrim in Narnia will go on as it ever has, with me posting material that interests me, writing what I want to write, reading and talking about and inviting others to experience great books. I wanted to write a “Great Books Blog” when I started in 2011, a place to stretch my abilities, extend my reach, and heighten my scope for imagination, to use Anne of Green Gable’s great phrase. Books to me are like the Narnian wardrobe, a place where we are transported to other worlds. I am glad that there are others who join me on the pilgrimage of reading from time to time.

WordPress’s blog stats are a little wonky, which I didn’t realize until trying to capture this millionth view. A watched blog roll doesn’t roll, it seems. The daily stats go up one-by-one, but the yearly ones by chunks. But I managed to hit the crossover, which was kind of fun!

Here are some of the top blog posts of all time. I wish #1 wasn’t #1–clever and arrogant, it was, even if it was on the right track–but there are some great posts here still.

50 Shades of Bad Writing More stats 25,448
Screwtape on Pleasure and Distraction More stats 21,830
The Deeper Meaning of “The Great Divorce” More stats 17,105
“The Planets” in C.S. Lewis’ Writing More stats 16,554
“Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s to be Said” by C.S. Lewis More stats 10,938
Between Mars and Malacandra, Fantasy and Real Life More stats 10,763
How do you Solve a Problem like Susan Pevensie? Narnia Guest Post by Kat Coffin More stats 10,056
And The Greatest of These…: A Review of C.S. Lewis’ Four Loves More stats 9,234
The Marriage of Now and Then: A Review of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce More stats 8,239
How C.S. Lewis Conceived of “The Screwtape Letters” More stats 8,119
Turtles All the Way Down: Discworld Conversations About The Origins of the Universe More stats 8,069
Be Careful What You Read… C.S. Lewis’ Literary Encounter with George MacDonald More stats 7,997
Another’s Grief Observed: C.S. Lewis In His Own Words More stats 7,582
The Tolkien Letters that Changed C.S. Lewis’ Life More stats 7,448
C.S. Lewis’ “On Other Worlds: Essays and Stories”: A Review More stats 7,266
6 Surprising Celebrity Audiobook Narrators More stats 7,129
Life Lessons from King Arthur’s Court More stats 6,974

About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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21 Responses to 1,000,000 Hits on A Pilgrim in Narnia

  1. Wayne Stauffer says:

    Congratulations!!! This is exciting!!

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  2. Dora says:

    Congratulations! And what would Puddleglum say? 🙂

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  3. Ken Miller says:

    Congratulations, quite a milestone.

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  4. Larry Repass says:

    I’m new here; glad to be part of the second million! Peace, Larry

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  5. Allyson Wieland says:

    Please keep it up. I like the CS Lewis and LM Montgomery posts best.

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  6. Nicely done! May you be blessed with a million+ more! You’re miles ahead of me in the stats… but I’m not quite 3 years old yet, so your success gives me hope!

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  7. Wow, that’s a great milestone indeed. Wishing you millions more to come, and thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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  8. dtrichards says:

    Congratulations! I liked your list of top blog posts, and your bringing back the post on Orwell’s review of That Hideous Strength. I hope you’ll continue to bring out of your storehouse what is new and what is old! (Matt 13:52).

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  9. Woo-oot! WELL-deserved—you are a brilliant writer, warm and interesting personality and an erudite credit to the higher literary community. 🥳🥳🥳🤩🤩🤩🙏🏻

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  10. Jared says:

    LOVE the fact that you screen-capped the rising page views at 999,999 & 1M! Such a little thing; such a big moment!

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  11. Joe Christopher says:

    Congratulations! Much fun, much enlightenment!

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