Something strange happened on my blog a couple of days ago.
First, Monday morning, Ed Stetzer linked to an old post that I wrote called “Luther and the non-Christian ‘worship service’.” I wrote that post four years ago, and I don’t think I’ve linked to it in the last few weeks (but I could have on Twitter or Facebook).
I usually don’t get links from big time bloggers like Stetzer, so I really appreciate it.
That night, I decided to check my site’s stats to see how many hits I got from Ed Stetzer’s post. I got a few, but what really surprised me was a big spike around 7:00 p.m. Now, this spike wasn’t huge, and it didn’t swamp my other posts or anything like that. But, it was a spike that I noticed.
After doing some investigation, I realized that the hits were all going to a post that I wrote last year called “The Day of Pentecost in the Upper Room.” Strange… Pentecost was a couple of weeks ago. Plus, these hits did not come from a link on someone else’s site. The hits came from search engines, searching from different locations (48 different states/countries) and different search strings all related to Pentecost.
I did not know why so many people around the world were searching for information about Pentecost a few weeks after the fact. So, I began asking around. And, Jeff had the answer. This is what he said on Facebook:
It was a question on Final Jeopardy…
It occurred last night and depending on what time zone you are on would determine when you were searching. There is controversy on the question and answer; so it sent people searching.
It turns out that the Final Jeopardy question for the episode that aired Monday, June 11, 2012 was this (the category was “Events in the Bible”):
Acts 1:13 says this event occurred in “an upper room.”
The answer that was ruled correct was “The Last Supper”… which is not correct. But, that’s beside the point. (In Acts 1:13, the only event to happen in “an upper room” is some people “stayed.”)
Apparently, the controversy concerning that “correct answer” sent many people scurrying to Google and other search engines in order to determine the correct “correct answer.” And, several of them landed on the post that I wrote last year.
So, I wanted to publicly thank Ed Stetzer and Jeopardy for the intentional and unintentional (respectively) increase in traffic to my blog on Monday.