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About the Blog

I have now finished with my extensive comments on Jesus’ burial.  Some of you may be relieved to hear that.  I know I am!   That was the most intense thread that I’ve done on the blog since its inception over two years ago.   It was really more like producing scholarship than anything else I’ve done.   And I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

So now I can move on to other things on the blog.  If you weren’t really into that more hard-core kind of thing, then I hope that the sorts of things that I’ll be doing now for a while will strike your fancy.

I thought this would be a good time to pause and think a bit about the blog, and to hear your ideas and suggestions for it.   As probably everyone on the blog knows, I have two major objectives in doing it, one far more major than the other.

The one that is *less* major for me is the one that is *more* major for virtually everyone else.  I think it’s safe to say that virtually everyone who has joined the blog has shelled out their hard-earned dollars for the privilege in order to hear more (and more and more) about the various topics that I focus on here.

The emphasis, of course, is on early Christianity: hence the name of the blog, “Christianity in Antiquity: the CIA.”    But I have defined that topic very broadly, and have tried to provide a good balance to the various posts that I make – as you can see simply by looking at the Member Categories and seeing the various posts under them.   In my 28 months (count them, 28) of doing this blog I’ve covered a range of topics from the Greco-Roman world of the New Testament, ancient Judaism, the historical Jesus, the Gospels, the apostle Paul, early Christian apocrypha, manuscripts of the New Testament, and lots of other things, including some areas farther afield, such as the Hebrew Bible and Religion in the News.

I enjoy being able to cover so many different topics.  It keeps things lively for me and keeps the blog from stagnating into being just about one thing.  It’s about a ton of things, but all of them related to early Christianity in one way or another.

The other major objective that I have – the one that is *more* important to me, and less important, I would judge, for everyone else – is to raise money for charity.  That is the very raison d’être for the blog, and it’s what keeps me going at it.

It’s not that I don’t want to provide all the content that I provide.  I absolutely do.  But at the end of the day, that’s not why I do the blog.   My sense is that *most* people who have blogs put in the effort because they want the wider world to know what they are thinking.   That’s certainly true, I think, of most blogs involving the New Testament, early Christianity, the historical Jesus and … well, probably religion generally.   But that’s not what drives me.   If it were up to me, by myself, I’d be happy not to do the blog, and just to write books.   But doing the blog is a way for me to raise money for charities that I  believe in and want to support.

My view is that everyone who is able to do something for charity (which would include most of us here) should do *something* — volunteer, give money, lend moral support, whatever.   When I decided to start this blog is was because it seemed to me that this was a way for me to use whatever talents I have for a good cause, something that not everyone else, with their unique gifts, could do.

We’ve done a lot of good on this blog, raising money for charities dealing with hunger and homelessness.   And I want us to do more and more.

And so that’s the point of this post.  Most of you are on the blog for one reason and I’m doing it, ultimately, for another reason.   I need to make sure that both needs are being met, since the more attractive the blog is for you, the users, then the more attractive it will be for others so that they too will join up, and that will achieve my own aim.   I think users get very good value for their money.   A year’s membership comes down to just over $2 per month.  And for that sum one gets 5-6 posts a week, at an average of a 1000 words per post (these posts on Jesus’ burial were often longer, sometimes much longer).   So, let’s say that’s 5500 words a week, or 22,000 words a month.   For $2.    You can’t get a  Big Mac for $2.  You can barely get *half* of a Big Mac for $2.  And this blog is SO much better for you than a Big Mac.

As I indicated a couple of months ago, the blog has already earned over $100,000.  Every penny has gone to charity.   I want it to do more.  My immediate goal is to make it early $100,000 per year.  That’s a way off, but it’s doable.

And so, the short story:  I want the membership on the blog to grow (and grow and grow).   To that end, I would like your suggestions.  What can I do to make it more attractive (the members’ main interest) so that even more will join at an even faster pace so that it raises even more money for charity (my main interest?)

Make your comments to this post.  I won’t be able to respond to them all.  And I won’t be able to implement them all.   But many of you have many good ideas, and I would like to hear them.   Among other things I’d like to know whether you think that I’m posting too much.  Or if posts are too long.  Or if they are too technical.  Or if there is not enough variety.  Or if there are other kinds of broad topics that I should be addressing.   Or if there are technical features of the blog itself that could be improved.  Or if there are other ways that I can advertise and attract new members.   Or use my resources to raise more money through the blog.   (Everyone, btw, should feel free to make a donation, as generous as you can!  It’s easy to do, and always extremely appreciated.)

In your comments to this particular post, I’d rather that you not get into specific questions you’d like me to address (“What does ‘Iscariot’ mean?  Was the Life of Apollonius modeled on the Gospels?  Was Paul gay?  or whatever….).   I’ll ask for those questions in a subsequent post.  For now I’m thinking more big picture.  What can we do to improve?  If the answer is “Nothing – it’s perfect in every way” – that’s fine too!

Let me conclude just by thanking everyone for supporting the blog and the charities that it is designed to help.  I very much appreciate all the active, and passive, participation.


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    z8000783  August 2, 2014

    Sorry to really boring but – “If the answer is “Nothing – it’s perfect in every way” – that’s fine too!” – there you go.

    I thought the blog on the burial was great and to something like that, in depth, now and again is good especially if it’s not some you would normally cover in a book.

    One issue that does strikes me as current amongst Christians at the moment, is there love of ‘Jesus and the Eyewitnesses’. Bauckham covers a lot of ground and I wouldn’t expect a book review but perhaps you could address some specific areas he raises such as Peter’s role in Mark or Form Criticism and the oral tradition.

    Anyway, thanks for what you are doing and glad it’s successful.

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    plvanslyke  August 2, 2014

    I like the current mix of posts.
    I have copied and pasted into Word and then forwarded a couple of posts to a few friends that I thought might be interested. I hope that is okay. At least one joined immediately!

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    Tnewby4444  August 2, 2014

    The blog is great as is. However, my favorite posts are the slightly less scholarly ones….such as the post about the guy who engraved the inscription on the back of Abe Lincoln’s watch and how that relates to the accuracy of the gospel writers.

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    Matilda  August 2, 2014

    What charities? I’m all for charities but if the underlying problems causing the need for charity are not addressed then what? The problem just festers. I just got chewed out on face book for asking this but I think it is a valid question. The world’s population needs to be curbed, the world needs education, and the world needs to be freed from religious dogma. I am sick of churches telling people to breed, breed, breed, and not to worry because, “God will provide.” God does not provide as evidenced by the human misery we see around us. It’s time to replace God with common sense. It’s time to replace ignorance with education.

    • Bart Ehrman
      Bart Ehrman  August 2, 2014

      I agree with everything you said. I still think that we need to help the needy, even if we need, even more, to deal with the root problems. Some charities do just that, rather than putting bandaids on the problem (including the one I support the most, the Urban Ministries of Durham, which works not simply to house the homeless and feed the hungry, but to END homelessness and to get the unemployed JOBS!

      On one point I’m ignorant though: *are* there churches that urge their members to breed and breed? Are you thinking of the Catholic church, or something else?

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        Matilda  August 2, 2014

        As a recovering Catholic that is exactly who I mean! I don’t go to church anymore but their stance on birth control and abortion says it all. Apparently a lot of Evangelical groups are no better than the Catholics with their dogma either. I have lost respect for all religions as they are not out to help anyone except themselves.
        As for jobs, some people can’t work due to mental illness etc. so helping the homeless needs to go further than jobs. I really think religion (all of them) stand in the way of helping anyone. A pox on all of them.
        Bart, what helps is what you are doing to overcome ignorance in the way of educating people about the horrors (yes, that is how I see it) of religion. Keep up the good work.

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        Hana1080  August 3, 2014

        The Mormon church is one.

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          Hana1080  August 3, 2014

          They take the passage “go forth and multiply” literally.

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        Steefen  August 9, 2014

        No. It’s not just the Catholics. I had a friendly twenty-something co-worker (North TX) who told me that his pastor prefaced his sermon (on Job?) with about a 10-minute sermon on the need for his young congregation to marry and procreate. Maybe it is part of church building not to attract single, twenty-somethings and they just holy-wall-flower instead of getting in committed heterosexual love relationships, making love, and breeding. When you’re growing a church you need big-money weddings, christenings, church members having children so you can have nurseries, Vacation Bible School. It’s just another way to grow membership–evangelize or breed, preferably both.

        Anyway, I was a little surprised that the pastor blatantly made it a pulpit item. I almost visited that church. I’m glad I didn’t. It is astrologically and spiritually irresponsible to hell-and-brimstone people into marriage and breeding or marriage and adopting.

        1) we must solemnly look at our natal chart and our Astro-Carto-Graphy map to see if that is in line with the limited Set of Possibilities (moreso than Will) of God-as-Solar-System Matrix;
        2) we must solemnly look at the composite chart (the two that become one, yet a third entity) of the two people for the composite chart may or may not have parenting as the gift of this Set of Possibilities Graced by God-as-Solar-System matrix limited by the astrological infrastructure of Lifehood (a term used in the book Infinite Mind: the Vibrations of Consciousness)
        3) When we our choices are not with the wind of God-as-Solar System Matrix, there is suffering; when our choices are not along the road/path/infrastructure of our own astrological design, there is suffering and possibly coping through addiction.

        Long story short: Bully pulpits to make congregations fulfill their partnering on church turf rather than online dating or some other way not be Spirit led (Spirit of astrological acumen–one way God still walks and speaks with us).

        No, Dr. Ehrman, it’s not just the Catholics.

        We also have to ask the question are we comfortable with the breeding data as it relates to changing demographics.

        Breeding is a way of voting on the future demographics of your community, city, state, or country.
        If you don’t vote, you’re not part of the political process and have nothing to say and no right to complain. So, faced with dire demographic outcomes, churches must address all men (including bisexuals and homosexuals) to love a woman and breed or love a woman and adopt.

        Furthermore, with the reduction of extended families for safety net, elder care, and burials/cremations, all must be advised to breed rather than depend on the offspring of others or government (via social workers and programs).

        Yes, friends may step in but corporate america raised the work week from 35 hrs/week to 40 and some are working more than that. The transient nature of jobs and loss of benefits hurts friendship building to that level.

      • Bethany
        Bethany  August 12, 2014

        I think “breed and breed” is basically the Quiverfull movement in a nutshell.

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    Matt7  August 2, 2014

    Personally, I agree that this blog is a good bargain and healthier than fast food (but just as addictive :). Having behind-the-scenes access to the analytical approach and thought process of a reputable scholar is very valuable.

    I would like to see more about the psychology of religious conversion and de-conversion (especially from your personal experience), including the information collected from studies on group hallucinations, which you have already touched on. Also interested in how this applies to radical fundamentalism, which is one of my biggest concerns these days.

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    prairieian  August 2, 2014

    My immediate reaction is you have got a nice thing going with this blog – I’ve been a member for a few months and I thoroughly enjoy it.

    As a couple of suggestions for topics…

    1. Book reviews with your perspective on recent (or even not so recent) books that likely would be of interest to the membership, as well as yourself. I’m not thinking of academic books per se, but ones written for the educated lay audience.
    2. Historiographical studies on biblical topics – i.e. how the academic studies developed over the past two millennia. I know most of the material would be from the 19th Century on, but there are ground breaking works done by the Lollards (Wycliffe), the renaissance studies and so forth.
    3. Relations between pagan, Christian and Jewish practitioners at the time of the Roman Empire – in particular, the reliance on scripture by the latter two, vs the more free wheeling aspects of the former. Pagans were baffled by the vehemence with which views were held by Christians and Jewish believers and it is interesting to explore that a little.

    A couple of thoughts for you.

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      Steefen  August 9, 2014

      Yes, you’re right about this. Bart Ehrman’s attention to Zealot last December had my interest.

      Dr. Ehrman, I would expect all the major print media are asking you to review books:
      – Publishers Weekly
      – NYTimes and New York Times Book Review
      – Washington Post
      – Los Angeles Times
      – Time Magazine
      – Biblical Archeological Review
      – Christian Science Monitor
      – equivalent newspapers and magazines in Britain (since you say you spend time over there)

      Maybe they only ask you to write articles instead of review books. How does it work for you?

      • Bart Ehrman
        Bart Ehrman  August 10, 2014

        I occasionally get asked to review books — but not that often. In part that may be because I often have to say no, given my schedule….

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    Wilusa  August 2, 2014

    I definitely don’t think you should do fewer posts! Unless, of course, your schedule requires it.

    I preferred the members and non-members posts being separate, so we wouldn’t have to see that pitch for membership in the middle of every post.

    And the last time I tried it, the “front door” of your website still couldn’t take anyone to the Members Landing Page.

    I’m more interested in events surrounding the actual life, death, and claimed resurrection of Jesus than in things like the writings of Paul. But I think you’ve been providing enough variety to satisfy all of us!

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    bamurray  August 2, 2014

    The current blog format (length and topics) and frequency are fine, though I would be OK (but disappointed) if you had to reduce the frequency because of the workload. I find the discussion of the historical scholarly world particularly interesting.

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      Steefen  August 9, 2014

      One day on, one day off would allow the members of this site to build word of mouth.
      In the past, I couldn’t build word of mouth except for the monthly brunches at a church I visit.

      Every now and then I might speak with someone about a topic between monthly brunches but before church or after church isn’t always the best time to converse on the topics here.

      One might get a chance to stand in line and talk with a minister after a sermon about issues raised here.

      SUGGESTION: Just as there is the magazine The Week which condenses the news from around the world, a weekly review or monthly review of important points made would be a good format.

      One day on one day off and a weekly synopsis could work.

      SUGGESTION #2: I’ve always waited for Dr. Ehrman to share with us important finds in his field. If new ancient manuscripts or whatever is a slow newsroom, then do it by year or decade.

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    Hana1080  August 2, 2014

    In addition to your essay blogs, I liked your mixed media blogs .. videos/radio and then commentary. As I can’t afford the Teaching Company Courses (even with the considerable discounts given the poverty of where I volunteer teach), I suppose posting video snippets with added blog commentary would conflict with your TC commitments? Just wondering.

    • Bart Ehrman
      Bart Ehrman  August 5, 2014

      I’ll be posting one bit from the most recent course; but generally they don’t like to have these things widely available — for reasons you can imagine!

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    mister.friendly  August 2, 2014

    Well I think there is a third reason why you do the blog which you don’t mention and which is important: to help sell your books (I’ve bought at least 2 that I wouldn’t have otherwise and one by R Carrier!)

    So…

    I agree with those who like the idea of (you!) trying to involve other contributors. The success of this blog is: people paying to read a guy who knows what he is talking about and, Bart, you are not unique. There are other scholars who write books.

    All of us readers are different. I would like (mebbe) 3 posts a week covering what you cover and then some on the old testament and more on the problem of translation from Greek and Hebrew. Heck, you may remember I wanna hear about Buddhism! And I (and anyone) can ignore the stuff we are not interested in.

    After that I guess you are dependent on the hero who does all the wordpress, search engine, social network stuff… no doubt about it in my view. Unless you have evidence to the contrary you will get readers mainly from facebook, twitter and G+ etc. *ANYTHING* you can do in that area will help *you* achieve *your* aims.

    Ok… just rambling

    PS *WAS* the life of Apollinus modelled on the Gospels? Seeing as you raised the question…

    • Bart Ehrman
      Bart Ehrman  August 5, 2014

      Actually, I don’t think the blog does help to sell the books. I’ve wondered just the opposite. By FAR my bestselling book was Misquoting Jesus, done years before I even thought of the Blog. But my most recent book, How Jesus Became God, was, in my opinion, both better and more important. Didn’t sell nearly as well. And so it goes….

      Apollonius. I doubt it.

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        Wilusa  August 7, 2014

        I’ve been thinking about this. I don’t think the blog is reducing sales of your books (I certainly hope it isn’t).

        Here’s what I’m thinking. Some people buy one of your books, and learn for the first time – in a work by a respected scholar – that the Bible is riddled with contradictions, can’t possibly be “inerrant.” (Maybe they’re Catholics, appalled at the thought of actually *reading* it. Ugh!)

        You’ve done them a wonderful service, shown them they don’t *have to* accept the teachings they’ve been indoctrinated – since childhood – to believe. Quite possibly, they’ll leave the Church and become agnostics. And they may tell others, steer *them* to your book because you explained things so well.

        But then they won’t buy any *more* of your books. Because once they’ve been “set free,” they’re no longer *interested* in any of it!

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    haoleboy26  August 2, 2014

    Bart, I think I’m in my 2nd or 3rd year of membership, and plan to continue. I’ve participated a little in some of the discussions, but mostly have just really enjoyed the content. I check it daily, and appreciate how much you post. However, I would not hesitate one minute if you decided to slow the pace down a bit. I say this in part because there might be some other ways to use your time that could increase membership or member donations. With that said, I offer the following suggestions for ways you could potentially raise revenue to your charities through the blog.
    1. Last December, a number of members made extra donations to purchase memberships for people who were interested in the blog, but for whom the nominal fee seemed to be a financial burden. Links could be added to the blog through which potential scholarship applicants could submit their request and explanation for their request, along with a place for donors to make a donation. Information could be provided to the readers of the blog as to the number of requests for scholarships and the amount of money available for scholarships. Even if a donor donated $5, others might contribute $10, $15, $25, or $50 and as a group be able to fund a number of worthy cases. At the end of the scholarship, the recipient could receive emails reminding them of the fact that people helped them, so if they valued the year as a blog member, they should consider becoming a paid member when their financial circumstances permit and potentially fund another worthy scholarship candidate.
    2. It is my understanding that some authors are able to make an arrangement with Amazon so that a portion of revenue from books ordered through Amazon from an author’s website go to the author. Perhaps you could make an arrangement that proceeds from the sales of your books from the blog could be donated to your charity.
    3. As I’m sure you aware, your videos on YouTube are quite popular. You could create special video content a couple of times per year for exclusive release through the blog. To increase money raised for charity, you could make access to these videos contingent on a fee. Perhaps you could charge a one-time fee to have access to the video portion of the blog, or it could be part of a higher-level membership (say $5 or $10) that must be renewed each year to retain access to the past videos and see ones published in the upcoming year, or access to specific videos could be sold ala carte. The production value would not need to be especially high. For example, they could be conducted in an interview format where a friend, graduate student, or colleague asks you a series of questions that you help develop. Or you could develop a 20-30 minute lecture on some topic with PowerPoint slides and add your voice over the slides. Content could even be linked to topics that are consistent with the goals of the blog. For example, perhaps there are some interesting textual criticism issues related to Gospel passages related to feeding the hungry, giving to the poor.
    4. You might attract a broader base of subscriber if you expanded the scope of the blog by having a guest blogger on occasion, such as once a month, who might offer a post on their expertise (e.g., Old Testament studies, medieval Christianity, archeology of Israel, etc.).
    5. I, along with probably many of your subscribers, contribute to other charities during the year, including hunger charities in my own local area, health related agencies, and international charities. I have only so much in my budget for charitable contributions and money I donate to the blog is money that won’t go to, say, Drs. Without Borders. People like me may want to make an extra donation so some worthy cause, but wish to spend extra money on something other than the blog per se, or the specific charities supported by the blog. You could still help members contribute to worthy charities by making it easy for them to donate to other worthy causes not specifically covered by the blog membership. For example, you could have links to charity sites such as the Red Cross, Drs. Without Borders, etc. on the blog. Perhaps there could be a way of setting a counter that provides feedback about the number or dollar amount of contributions to these other causes that happened on your website. This doesn’t raise money for your specific causes, but it you and us see what fellow members are doing to try and help others and in the process perhaps motivate people to give more than they would have otherwise done.

    Thanks for sharing so much of your time and expertise, while helping to raise money for important causes!

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    haoleboy26  August 2, 2014

    Sorry, but I submitted my post prematurely. Here are two additional suggestions for consideration:
    1. Offer people the option of a trial membership (e.g., 1 day, or 1 week, or 1 month) at a nominal fee (e.g., $1 – $3). The investment may be low enough that those who are interested, but hesitant, could get a chance to see first a hand what a bargain the blog is, and even if someone chooses not to subsequently join, they’ve still made a small contribution to the cause.
    2. Make a brief video commercial about the blog (3-5 min.) illustrating the features of the blog, showing the wide range of topics, highlighting the interactive nature of the blog, and featuring some of the testimonials that you solicited a while back. The YouTube commercial video you made for “Did Jesus Exist”, which lasted only 2 min and 22 seconds, has over 24,000 views!

    • Bart Ehrman
      Bart Ehrman  August 5, 2014

      There already are trial membership options! Video: they’re expensive to make! (you wouldn’t believe….) Thanks though!

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    tcroberts02  August 3, 2014

    I can honestly say that I have enjoyed everything you have written. I would not want you to post less often, and I truly appreciate the diversity of your material. I think you could charge more, maybe not the $50 suggested earlier, but I wouldn’t hesitate to pay $5, $10, $15 more annually. Do you have statistical data about frequency of access? Do you know what percentage of people sign on every day, twice a week, once a month? That information could guide your decision-making relative to price. People such as myself that visit nearly every day are not going to balk at a modest price increase. Keep up your excellent work, you have brought much light and joy to my retirement.

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    BrianUlrich  August 3, 2014

    I’m excited by manuscripts and what they can tell us about the evolution of ideas and the communities that use them! I come by that as a scholar, but to me it is also part of the religious story, since it involves not only the story people coming to grips with experiences and ideas that were extremely meaningful to them in their different contexts, but points to the broader issue of how we know the things we know (or don’t know).

    Of course from an audience-building standpoint, maybe you should just offer salacious gossip about Biblical scholars and your North Carolina colleagues =)

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    kreisrm  August 3, 2014

    Dr. Ehrman: I would also like to you see write about the chronology of the NT. About a year ago, I read Marcus Borg’s Evolution of the Word. I could clearly see the development of Christianity as a religion by reading the books of the NT chronologically which is not apparent when reading them in traditional canonical order. His commentaries about the historical events that may have influenced the authors of each book were quite interesting. I would like to hear from you about the reasons why scholars place the books as being written at certain times. I am especially interested in your thoughts on Borg placing Luke at about 100 CE. or later. Is that part of a small minority opinion, or is there growing scholarship placing Luke later? And, if more NT scholars believe Luke may have been written later, why do they believe that, and what implications does that have on which NT writings influenced others, etc.?

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    mary  August 3, 2014

    Could you add me to the list of: “happy the way your blog is now”. I have the opportunity to read the blog and the comments without getting behind. Every time it seems as though my interest is waning you reveal a new insight or connection, in the blog, books, and The Teaching Company courses.

    I’m afraid I cannot contribute to the subject of expanding and donation raising except to say I will gladly contribute when I am able, there are many in need and unfortunately there probably always will be. I am concerned about reaching more people with the blog, only because of the quality and serious study including some of your members comments are what I crave the most and would not want that to be lost in the crowd. There is so much goofyness in the communications field now that it is not worth spending time on it.

    Thank You so much for teaching and sharing your thoughts and time.
    The education is priceless.

    The suggestion of putting the Testament in chronological order and relating it to other writers, people and information of the times sounds as though it could be VERY interesting.

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    madmargie  August 3, 2014

    I have a blog myself and sometimes post photos on appropriate topics. Would it be possible for you to occasionally post a photo illustrating something you are discussing? A photo of that ankle bone with the spike/nail in it would have been interesting to actually see.

    Otherwise, I enjoy your blog immensely and try to read it nearly every day. I have all your books written for the public. Thank you so much for doing this blog.I think it’s terrific that you help the homeless and hungry in this way. I realize you’re no longer Christian but you certainly still do what Jesus may have said in Mathew about assisting the poor.

    • Bart Ehrman
      Bart Ehrman  August 5, 2014

      Interesting idea. I’ll think about it and look into it. I wanted a photo of that ankle and nail but wasn’t sure how to do it.

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    JDTabor  August 3, 2014

    As a fellow blogger I am pleased and amazed at your blog Bart, as well as the ways in which it contributes to charity. I have pushed it with others and will continue to do so. I could easily be put in the “Perfect as Is” category though I think 3 substantive posts a week with maybe more time for comments would be fine for most of us. I try to follow quite a few other blogs and yours is always the best and most substantive to me, but you are providing more than enough content in my view I don’t think subscribers would feel cheated if you adjusted the pace. I know I would not. More time to think through and absorb…

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    gabilaranjeira  August 3, 2014

    This blog is one of the best parts of my day, even when I am desperately trying to keep up with the new posts such as these past few days! I love the blog as it is, but if you need to post less, I think it’s very much fair.
    I wonder how *I* can become a better member! Just let me know.

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    jhanggi  August 4, 2014

    I love the blog. I wouldn’t change anything about the content.

    All of my comments are technical. A new theme would do wonders. I usually catch up with new posts in my RSS reader on my phone while I’m commuting on the train. Because it only shows the non-member version, I always have to click through to the actual page to read the full content. Because the site isn’t responsive, I usually use Mobile Safari’s Reader mode so it’s actually readable on a small screen. I’d love to be able to read it in its full glory within the context of the site.

    My biggest complaint is that every time I’m on an article and I have to log in, after I log in I’m taken to the homepage instead of the article I was trying to read. I have to go back to the RSS reader and click back through to reach the full version of the article.

    Your work is fantastic; I’d just love to see some technical improvements to make the site easier to read!

    Thanks!

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