Beneath the Surface

Recently, I compiled a series of blog posts that have gotten my blog a lot of traffic.  There’s an iPhone game, Snappers, that causes more frustration than child-proof packaging.  So, I scoured Google, Yahoo Answers, and my game experience, and compiled a list of walkthroughs for the various levels.  As I was laying it out, I also carefully keyworded it and SEO’d the mess out of each blog post.  Now, when you google for Snappers levels, more often than not, this website will be one of the top 3 results.

Thanks to these 5 blog posts, check out my web traffic.


Pretty crazy, right?  Those are unique visitors (by IP address) per day at my website.  I uploaded the first of the walkthroughs on January 21.  Between then and the time of this blog post’s beginnings, I’ve had 37,796 individual people come to this site.

This kind of traffic landed me as one of the world’s most visited wordpress.com blog pages.

According to wordpress.com’s Blogs of the Day, I’m a high-influencing blogger.  This page varies in it’s order, but here’s the rank (the site lists the top 100) the time of this writing…

Yep…that’s right.  austinjwalker.wordpress.com right now is the #28 blog in the world (out of blogs using wordpress.com not .org or any other platform).  Let’s put this in a little bit of perspective, just to help out.  Scott Bourne hosts (or at least used to) a widely followed podcast called Photofocus, in which he answers emails on photography.  Scott has over 166k twitter followers, one of the best blogs on wordpress.com with posts featured in the worlds top blog posts of the day on a regular basis, and a wealth of knowledge in his field I will never be able to touch.  Here is where is blog was at…

I say all of this not to brag, but to set up this observation.  It would be natural to think that kind of traffic would increase influence, traction, and authority.  Twitter followers may jump, commenters may arise out of thin air, and the beginnings of a solid network may emerge.  But here’s another interesting stat for you…

Painfully revealing.  I’d love to hide these numbers.  I’d love to pretend the stats aren’t real.  The fact of the matter is, in the last 7 days, the unique readers of my true “content” (including my home page, about, and contact forms) are but .007758% of the traffic.  .007758% is nothing.

So why am I writing about this, how does this apply to anyone reading this (the .00000005% of my future blog traffickers)?  Here’s how it hits student ministry.  What do your numbers truly reflect?  When you’re talking with other student pastors, deacons, your pastor, or anyone you’re wanting to be looked up to by, how do your numbers come across?  Does your ministry attract a LOT of people?  If so, that’s awesome, and if done right, there’s a LOT of positives that can come out of that.  But looking beneath the surface, is there any depth?  Are you discipling students to pursue Christ and lean into His call on their life, or are you just satisfied to count their head at youth and let them chow down on pizza and warheads?

Are you making use of the numbers God has given you, or are you doing everything you can to gain accolades, with no meat beneath the surface?  Is there substance to accompany all the hype?

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iPhone Snappers Guide Walkthrough Area 5

If you haven’t yet, check out the introduction to Snappers on the first walkthrough post.

Here’s the walkthrough for Area 5.

A1 B1 C1 D1 E1
A2 B2 C2 D2 E2
A3 B3 C3 D3 E3
A4 B4 C4 D4 E4
A5 B5 C5 D5 E5
A6 B6 C6 D6 E6

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Baptism Pictures

Ask any student pastor.  There are very few things that bring more joy to our hearts then students saying, “Austin…it’s time for me to be baptized.”  The conversations that follow, hearing their story, hearing how God intervened in their lives, and hearing their obedience is fuel for MONTHS for student pastors.   (more…)

Thoughts for Parents January 25

Tonight, we will wrap up our LEGACY series by baptizing a couple senior high students!  I can think of no better way to bookend a series on thinking about who you are becoming than to baptize students.  We’ll also have students write a “Legacy Letter” describing what they want their legacy through school to be.  They’ll get them back when they graduate high school.  Be praying for God to move in a powerful way tonight.  It’s going to be great!

Here are three things I need you parents to know!

  1. SENIOR HIGH WINTERCHILL.  We’ve had students sign up, but if your senior higher (for winterchill, 9-12 is senior high) has not signed up, DO NOT WAIT!  You’ll need the coupon code “Cabot” to get our special rate, but DO NOT WAIT!  We have small group leaders and adults ready to roll too, it’s going to be an awesome weekend.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
  2. FSM UNITED.  Registration forms and $50 deposits are due tonight.  We may be able to take a few late students, but they’ll have to be wait listed after tonight with a low likelyhood of being able to go.  We’re going to be headed to Nashville from June 9-15.  If you need a form to register your student, email me and I’ll get it to you ASAP.
  3. NEXT SERIES.  For the month of February, we’ll be going through a series called “One Month to Live.”  We’ll be taking a look at how students would live their life differently if they knew that they only had one month left to live.  I’m excited to see how this rolls out of LEGACY, and plays with Ephesians 2 at Winterchill.  February is going to be a great month, and I wanted you to be in the loop

iPhone Snappers Guide Walkthrough Area 4

If you haven’t yet, check out the introduction to Snappers on the first walkthrough post.

Here’s the walkthrough for Area 4.

A1 B1 C1 D1 E1
A2 B2 C2 D2 E2
A3 B3 C3 D3 E3
A4 B4 C4 D4 E4
A5 B5 C5 D5 E5
A6 B6 C6 D6 E6

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iPhone Snappers Guide Walkthrough Area 3

If you haven’t yet, check out the introduction to Snappers on the first walkthrough post.

Here’s the walkthrough for Area 3.

A1 B1 C1 D1 E1
A2 B2 C2 D2 E2
A3 B3 C3 D3 E3
A4 B4 C4 D4 E4
A5 B5 C5 D5 E5
A6 B6 C6 D6 E6

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iPhone Snappers Guide Walkthrough Area 2

If you haven’t yet, check out the introduction to Snappers on the first walkthrough post.

Here’s the walkthrough for Area 2.

A1 B1 C1 D1 E1
A2 B2 C2 D2 E2
A3 B3 C3 D3 E3
A4 B4 C4 D4 E4
A5 B5 C5 D5 E5
A6 B6 C6 D6 E6

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iPhone Snappers Guide Walkthrough Area 1

If you’re anything like me, you love the iPhone game “Snappers”.  If you’re anything like me, you hate the iPhone game “Snappers”.  It’s one of the most frustrating things on the planet.  The object of the game is to pop these little square punks and let them destroy their friends.  If you don’t have it, here’s a link.  It’ll frustrate the life out of you.

So here’s what I’ve done…I’ve put together an iPhone Snappers Walkthrough.  Here’s a key to beating all of the levels.  I have scoured Yahoo! Answers, Google, hours of frustrating first-hand experience, and expert guesswork to put it together.  I hope it’s helpful.

Here’s how the guide works.  Each level gives you the combination of clicks you need to do, based off of the grid below.

A1 B1 C1 D1 E1
A2 B2 C2 D2 E2
A3 B3 C3 D3 E3
A4 B4 C4 D4 E4
A5 B5 C5 D5 E5
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You Can Do It!

Warning: A hint of crude language.

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“Prayer of Salvation” With Teens

Right now, I’m wrapping up a project I’ve been working on for the past three or four months. I’m putting together a resource for my adult volunteers that will hopefully be their cheat sheet for ministry when they serve with FSM. It’s got our ministry purpose, their expectations, their goals, FSM’s schedule, random thoughts, and all sorts of things. One section that is included is a “What if” section (big shout out to Elle Campbell for the idea) where our adults can turn to if they’re in a situation they’re not sure how to handle. A small group leader suggested that we have a page on “What if a student wants to pray for salvation?”

I’d never thought about including that, but I’m SO glad he did! I felt like this was important enough that I wanted to share this section from the upcoming resource. This assumes a basic knowledge on the part of the reader, and isn’t a “magic potion prayer” or an all-inclusive guide. It’s more of a starting point for our leaders to refresh their mind on some key points.

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