THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you who keep reading and who commenting on Camels With Hammers and who keep sharing links with your friends and with all sorts of social media sites. Running this blog over this past year and watching your support and enthusiasm for the blog grow has been one of the great joys in my life, almost as amazing as being in the classroom working with my students or being at dinner with great friends talking about ideas long into the night, or marveling at my little great niece. Getting to share my thoughts with hundreds of people every day (and on some days thousands) is a real rush and a real honor. I take this really seriously and am really seriously grateful for your support.
Thanks to a fluke post going viral, between Sunday and Monday we received well over 70,000 page views, obliterating every record on the site. Even before that explosion of (somewhat accidental) traffic we have seen the numbers of page views steadily increasing week to week picking up on the growth started last fall and resuming it again, now that my hiatus to finish the dissertation is complete and I am back to blogging as often as possible.
And this summer, I hope to earn your more consistent attention and more new readers by committing to making Camels With Hammers less of an aggregator and more of a primary source. While I will still work to regularly keep you up on the most interesting and/or important news and videos related to atheism, philosophy, ethics, and rationalism, now that my teaching year is over, my PhD is earned, and my vacation with my family for the last month is over, I plan to concentrate on more consistently offering original philosophical writing about topics in ethics, atheism, epistemology, moral psychology, Nietzsche, and the philosophy of religion.
I plan to spend the rest of the summer doing new research daily and hopefully the fruits of that new reading will be a perpetually fresh perspective each day that I come here to work out my views on new topics, reply to your comments with new thoughts, and offer my perspective on the various philosophical and religious ideas floating through the blogosphere at a high profile on any given day. I also hope to incorporate more discussion of some of the themes in my dissertation as I work on refining them for publication. And in all of this, I intend to staying committed to making this a blog interesting to both professional philosophers and non-specialists.
So the biggest thing to expect in the next year of Camels With Hammers is a lot more of my own thoughts and your thoughts. Within a week, we will implement the drastic visual redesign we have been working on to make the site easier to read and a more welcoming place. There will be two feeds updating in the right hand column in the future, one with new comments from your fellow posters which will clue you in to where the discussions of posts are happening so that you can be a part of them more, and also a feed aggregating the most recent posts of my favorite philosophy and atheism blogs so that you can come here to find out all the latest ideas and news from some of the internet’s best blogs any time of day.
I am extremely excited to have the time this summer to concentrate full time on reading up on new ideas and to be sharing them steadily with you. And come the school year when I will be teaching six sections of philosophy at three universities in all the states of the tri-state area, I plan to stay committed to regular blogging here as the place where I continue to develop my philosophy and write the rough drafts of my views on countless philosophical topics. With no dissertation to worry about I can remain a prolific writer. And since I am far better at writing to an immediate audience than in working in perceived solitude, this is clearly the best route for me to go in drafting the ideas I hope to publish down the road, so I have a strong professional incentive to be on here as often as I can.
So, that’s what to expect, more research and more rigor. And, I fully expect, more invaluable insight from you, the readers who make my day every day all day as you traffic through.
Finally, in honor of the first year of Camels With Hammers, here are the ten most clicked on posts of my original writing, followed by the top ten posts which do not feature much of my own thought but which highlight matters of apparent interest to you nonetheless, and then some more personal favorites of my own writing and, lastly, my favorite satire and comedy featured on the blog this year. Enjoy! I’ll be back in the morning with a post on the virtue of pride.
Top Ten Posts of My Philosophical Writing:
Top Ten Posts of General Topics:Is The Catholic Church A Force For Good
In No Particular Order, Ten More Personal Favorites Not In The Above Lists:
My Twenty of My Favorite Satirical and/or Comical (Daily Hilarity) Finds (In No Particular Order):
The Betty Bowers video on gays in this post: A Follow Up Post On Gays And Christianity
And Marcus Brigstocke’s rant from nearly a year ago which kicked off Camels With Hammers‘s first major post and first major series of posts, Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellecuals 1
Your Favorites? Your Thoughts?