I am taking a moment out from a hectic life (who *doesn’t* have a hectic life?!?) to think a bit about the blog, and how it is going. Here are just a few reflections.
- We got it up and running at the beginning of April, so we have been at it now for just over five months.
- My goals at the outset were to disseminate knowledge about the New Testament and early Christianity as much as was within my abilities, and to raise money for charities dealing with hunger and homelessness.
- As I’ve stated frankly before, it was the charity that drove the idea at the outset, and that keeps me going now as we are well into things. As much as I enjoy answering questions and dealing with hard (and not so hard) historical and literary issues involving early Christianity and its literature, if it weren’t for the charity angle, I simply wouldn’t be doing this. It’s too much work!
- In terms of the work, I think I’ve been averaging about 6 posts a week (I haven’t gone to the bother of actually adding them all up, but my sense is that I on average miss only about once a week, usually when I simply don’t have the time because of other commitments), and they tend to be from about 700-1100 words each time. I would guess that we’re talking about 5000-6000 words a week. Thank the gods that I type fast….
- In terms of the ultimate goal (mine, if no one else’s), the charity: my hope was to raise about $20,000 the first year. At this stage we are on track to make that happen.
- For the past several months, we have been averaging about $50 a day new income. If that keeps up, and people renew their subscriptions, so that what we keep adding is more and more (not replacement funds) then if we keep this going, it could eventually be *really* significant, which is my goal. I’m hoping that over time it will snowball, as word gets out more and more.
- We have over 860 people who have subscribed. My goal was to have 1000 within six months. That’s not going to happen, but the goal was really just a blind guess with a round number. I think things on the whole are actually going very well, and again, one can always hope and work for snowballs.
- I very much enjoy the interactions with everyone on the blog. And I hope the posts are to your satisfaction.
- Feedback is always welcome, even if I am not able to reply directly to every email I get (no way on gods’ good earth that I could, I’m sorry to say). But I welcome all suggestions, even if I can’t implement them all. So please make them!
- I have a long and growing longer list of questions to answer, and I get to them as I can. Feel free to keep asking.
- And more important, if there are any kinds of “series” of posts that you would especially like to see (I’ve done a number on a number of topics, most recently my relationship with Bruce Metzger, for example), let me know.
- And most important, please tell your family and friends and acquaintances and co-workers and ex-spouses and grandchildren and favorite high school teachers from yesteryear and neighbors and everyone you can think of about the blog. My sense is that people who pay the subscription fees are pleased with what they’re getting, and I want very much to get the word out as much as I can.
- Most especially, thanks to all of you who are on the blog, for supporting it and the causes that have motivated it from the beginning.