That’s two blogposts every three days. Or just under 5 a week.
It’s time to slow down. Just a little.
NewSmallChurch.com officially started on November 19, 2012. All but three of the 100 posts in those 154 days were written by me (thank you, Craig Forrest, Dave Jacobs & Dixie Phillips for your contributions). Half a dozen were republished from the pages of The Grasshopper Myth, but the rest were original content for this website.
In looking back on all that writing, I’ve come across some other numbers you might find interesting. I’ll lay a few of them out for you, then let you know about how my posting schedule will be changing from now on.
I know we’re not about numbers here, but since none of this happens face-to-face, numbers are a stronger reflection of what’s happening on a website than they are in a local church. In a small way, they’re a picture of the community we’re building here.
NewSmallChurch.com by the Numbers
19,550 – Total pageviews.
1,100+ – Copies of The Grasshopper Myth sold so far.
663 – The highest number of views in a single day.
598 – Views for my most-read blogpost so far, “Small Churches Are the Next Big Thing – With One Condition”.
454 – Reader comments. If I get 6 comments on this post, that’ll be 5 comments per post. Thank you so much for your engagement in this process. You are what makes this work!
314 – Followers on Facebook.
154 – Days since NewSmallChurch.com launched.
100 – Total blogposts published.
5 – Average number of blogposts published per week.
3 – How many posts I plan to write per week from now on.
Why Just Three Posts a Week Now?
Because I’m tired. No, not really. (Well, not entirely).
When I started NewSmallChurch.com, I knew I’d be posting a lot at first, then tapering off to a more reasonable pace after a while. The reason is simple. I wanted to get a lot of content out there, so when people found us, they’d have something to read.
At the 100 blogpost marker, I’ve accomplished two goals:
- I’ve uploaded plenty of posts for people to read and think about, ordered in categories and by topics.
- I’ve set down the foundations of what NewSmallChurch.com is – and is not – in those posts.
For many of you, it’s been hard just keeping up with reading all the posts. And, as much fun as it’s been to write them, this pace can’t be sustained over the long term. Not if I want to keep the quality up.
So three posts a week is is not cutting back on this ministry in any way. This is a pre-planned step into our next phase. Today we move from laying the foundation of NewSmallChurch.com, to building more of its structure.
Three posts a week is a more reasonable pace for both my writing and your reading schedules. It will allow me to work on adding more instructional videos, recording some podcasts, interviewing others on both audio and video, and more.
Typically, I’ll be posting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But don’t hold me to that. I may throw others in as we go along.
Thank you so much for the amazing support of this ministry. On to the next 100!
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