Happy Birthday, CTA!

I don’t do this often, largely because I’m uncomfortable with self-promotion. But I keep reading that we need to celebrate good things that are happening, and especially so with our blogs. In that spirit, I would like to say a happy 3rd birthday to this blog. I’m actually 10 days late; the first post was published on March 6, 2007, and entitled, “Being Excellent with Less.” Since then, I’ve written another 410 posts, at an average length (I’m guessing a little here) of 750 words for a total of over 300,000 words. Which seems like a lot now that I’m writing that.

I am more excited, however, about the 1,116 comments. Now, some of them are mine in response to yours, but it’s exciting and humbling at the same time to see how much discussion has grown up around this little blog. Right around January of this year, we passed the 100,000 page view mark; we’re now over 120K as I write this. Somewhere around 700 people subscribe to Church Tech Arts via an RSS reader, and another 60 get these posts as an e-mail (and another 35 subscribe to the podcast webinars). Currently, it looks like this little url is running around 6,500-7,000 page views a month--not bad for a small church technology blog.

The other thing that blows me away is how many friendships have developed because of this website. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least a dozen people who I count as close friends; people that I never would have met had I not taken the risk to commit my thoughts to bytes.

Sometimes I wonder if I’ll run out of things to write about. So far, it’s not happened. It seems every weekend presents itself with new things that I want to think about with you. And with that, I will close this short missive. Thank you all so very, very much for reading. It’s very cool to see how God has used this small piece of virtual real estate. We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.