It’s hard to believe that I started this blog 5 years ago, but it’s true. The first post was published on March 6, 2007; this post will be post 867. When I started this little endeavor, it was really an attempt to bolster my resume. Then it became fun, and after a while it took on a life of it’s own. Clearly God had something in store that I never saw—which is probably a good thing as I don’t know if I would have started it if I had known what was coming.
That first month, we had a whopping 37 page views. For the month. Clearly we didn’t set any records as we launched. But traffic started to grow and before long it was doing pretty well. In fact, today, there we will probably record 37 page views in the time it takes me to write this post. For the month of February, we broke the 10,000 unique visitor mark for the first time; not only did we break it, we blew past it with a total of 11,506 uniques. Honestly, that blows my mind, especially considering I’ve never done any advertising or promoting of the site outside of Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
According to the Google, we have visitors from all over the world; from Finland to France, Austria to Australia, the UK to the Ukraine, South Africa to South Korea. I have been contacted by many of our international readers, and I have to say it is humbling and encouraging to hear what God is doing in your ministries all over the world.
As I said, this is such a work of God. I had no idea when I started ChurchTechArts.org that it would take off like this, or that we would start a weekly podcast, or start covering trade shows with full sponsorship. I have met so many amazing friends through this process as well. In fact, the people I consider my closest friends right now have all been direct introductions through this blog.
At the beginning of 2006, I was trying to figure out what God was going to do with my life; it had been a pretty crazy journey up to that point. By 2007, it was clear what He was doing, and it has been an honor to be able to share that journey with you.
I know some of you have been reading since the early days and I am so very thankful you’ve stuck with me for the past 5 years. According to the stats, we’ve seen quite a few people join the conversation in the last year, which is also exciting.
For those who have written in to thank me for writing, to ask a question or two, and those whom I’ve met at various trade shows and conferences, thank you for the constant encouragement. I truly owe a debt to all of you, my readers. Without you, so many of the doors that have opened for me would not been opened.
I also need to thank my sponsors. You have all been incredibly generous and supportive over the last year. And the good news for you readers is that because I promised to the sponsors I’d write 3 posts a week, you’ve got at least 10 more months of content to look forward to. I encourage you to support the sponsors as well. Each was personally chosen (I say no to most, “Hey, we’d like to advertise on your site” requests) because I believe in the companies and products represented.
OK, that’s enough of that. It’s been a great journey the last 5 years, and I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to go on it with you. If you’re a new reader, I encourage you to check out the archive to see what you missed. I’m told there’s some good stuff there. Next week, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming.
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