A Milestone Is Reached

On the American East Coast where I live, midnight is officially past, and that means the date is now February 10, 2007. This is a date of great significance to me, because it was on February 10, 2006 that I officially launched this blog with its inaugural post, “Welcome to Daylight Atheism“. Much to my astonishment, this site has now marked its first anniversary!

The past year has come and gone with astonishing swiftness. It seems like only yesterday that I published that first post. Immediately after doing that, I sent out a flood of e-mails to my most treasured or memorable correspondents, people whose acquaintance I had made over e-mail via Ebon Musings in the several years prior to the creation of this site, and then waited breathlessly for the first hits and comments to roll in. I’m happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed, and ever since then, it’s been my honor and privilege to preside over this site and cultivate its steady growth of readership. Writing for it has taken a great investment of effort and time, but every minute has been a labor of love for me, and I would do nothing differently if I had the chance to start all over.

This past year has been a time of tremendous change for me, both personal and professional. After leaving the halcyon days of college and graduate school behind, I embarked on my first full-time job last summer. The change in schedule, and the sharp decrease in my free time, came as a shock at first, but I feel I’ve adapted well and am now thriving in my new environment (and newfound independence). Happily, I’ve found ways to schedule my free time so as to barely affect my blogging output at all.

Though I understand that keeping a blog isn’t for everyone, I’ve found that writing for this site has been an enormously rewarding endeavor. It gives me great satisfaction to take the philosophy of freethought I’ve spent several years fine-tuning out into the “real world”, to apply it to current events and issues of immediate concern. This is a viewpoint that has been badly underrepresented and underserved by the traditional media, and it’s my pleasure to provide it in their stead.

As I’ve always said, atheists stand for positive and valuable traits – traits like skepticism of authority, an evidence-based view of world affairs, a morality of individual conscience informed by reason, and an unapologetic willingness to stand against popular prejudices – the very traits I think our society badly needs more of. And we are organizing, and our voice and our numbers are growing. We have nowhere to go but up, and it’s been my honor to play a part, however humble, in that effort. If there is such a thing as a spirit of the times, I think ours is a hopeful one. Despite all the pain and chaos of the past few years, and despite all the challenges that still await us, something good may yet emerge from it all. I feel very much as if there is a new enlightenment taking shape, and if its promise is fulfilled, glorious days may lie ahead for us.

I have another issue to address: the possibility of my writing a book. Rest assured, I haven’t forgotten, and I still want to do it. Indeed, given the climate that still prevails, it would be unconscionably negligent of me not to. I now have a fairly complete outline sketched out, the beginnings of an introduction, and plenty of work already written that I plan on incorporating into the finished product. What remains is to touch pen to paper, to begin the actual work of writing, and I intend to begin that this month. I don’t know how long it will take or how it will evolve along the way, but readers of this site can be assured of regular updates.

In commemoration of Daylight Atheism’s one-year anniversary, I have two more announcements to make. First, as you’ve all undoubtedly noticed, is the new site masthead. I’ve been mulling over a more graphically-oriented site design since the beginning, but the credit for actually implementing it goes to regular commenter James Bradbury, who generously donated his time and effort and showed great patience with my repeated change requests. (Another commenter also assisted; I don’t know if that person wanted to be named, but they’re welcome to step forward if they wish, and I’ll be sure to see that they also receive the credit they deserve.) My most sincere thanks, James! I’m grateful for your help. Reader feedback, as always, is welcomed. Keen-eyed readers may also have already noticed the “Bookmark This” links now below the comment form in each post, which I encourage everyone to use. Suggestions for other sites to include in addition to or instead of the existing ones are also welcome.

And now the second announcement: I have a special gift for my readers. I’ve always been eager to branch out into other media, and recently, I was interviewed by Rich Orman for his podcast Dogma Free America. That interview has now been posted on his site and is available for downloading. In it, we discuss witch camps in Africa, the faith-based initiative, the media depiction of atheism, and other issues of concern to freethinkers. If you’ve ever wanted to actually hear me and not just read my words, now’s your chance! Even beside the interview with me, Dogma Free America is a promising program that I’ve enjoyed listening to so far, and I encourage you to check out some of the other episodes as well.

That is all I have to say for now, and I thank you, readers, for your indulgence this far. As always, I have an ever-growing list of topics to write about, including some major news items of note just this month. I’ve spent enough time looking back, and it’s time to return to my work. Onward!

About Adam Lee

Adam Lee is an atheist writer and speaker living in New York City. His new novel, Broken Ring, is available in paperback and e-book. Read his full bio, or follow him on Twitter.

  • Bill Dyas

    Congratulations on a year of considered reason expressed in a very readable fashion. I greatly enjoy my nightly stop at ‘Daylight Atheism’ and hope that many more successful years will follow.
    kiwisam – Santa Cruz, CA

  • Alex Weaver

    Hmm. On the site design: The white background and general brightness hurts my sensitive cave-dwelling eyes but fits the theme of the site nicely. Other than that, I’ll listen to the podcast from home and I’m looking forward to the book. I’ll see what else I can produce in the way of guest articles for the new year, too…

  • Alex Weaver

    PS: Was that over the phone? If not, you need a better mic setup. O.o

  • http://atheistrevolution.blogspot.com/ vjack

    Congrats on your anniversary! Keep up the great blogging.

  • Archi Medez

    Happy Birthday Daylight Atheism, Congratulations Ebonmuse on a successful blog. May it continue to grow.

    P.S. How many visitors per day now?

  • http://elfstoned.blogspot.com Elfstone

    Congratulations!
    Thanx for your writings, they helped me organize my own thoughts into a unified set of beliefs. I hope you go on for years!

  • SM

    Congratulations on a year of succesful blogging. Your ideas are always interesting and well-expressed, and you provide a good mix of general philosophy and commentary on current events.

  • John P

    Congrats on the 1 year anniversary. Many more to come, I trust.

    From reading this site and the Ebon site, it looks like your book is already written. You just need to have the chapters coalesce on paper. The various topics you have written on, including the foundational ones, are, I’ve found, the best and most incisive on the subject to be found in one place. I come back here regularly.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Alex Weaver

    Oh. And on the site design: one thing I miss is having the site banner as a link to the main page. That was convenient for refreshing it and such. Just a thought. ^.^

  • Wayne Keith-Murray

    Congratulations, Adam, on your first anniversary! As you know I have been reading your blog since its inception, after consuming your Ebon Musings. You have an uncanny ability to articulate how I feel about the issues with your well-reasoned essays. Keep up the great work. I enjoyed your interview.

    Wayne K-M

  • Freeyourmind

    Congrats on the anniversary. Keep up the good work and good luck in 2007 with the projects you have planned!

  • Terrence Kaye

    CONGRATULATIONS— ONWARD AND UPWARD!

  • http://www.patheos.com/blog/daylightatheism/ Ebonmuse

    Thank you, everyone! I’m truly grateful for your readership and your comments – you’ve really been the ones who’ve made this site what it is, not me. (Hello there, Wayne! I was wondering if you were still out there.)

    Anyone else have any thoughts on the interview? That’s the thing I’m most curious to hear feedback on. I’ve never done this before, so if you think I made a total fool of myself, please say so. :)

    P.S. How many visitors per day now?

    For whatever reason, November and December of last year showed major spikes in traffic, beating the previous monthly records by hundreds of hits per day. January didn’t match that, but it’s still continuing the trend of steady growth I’ve been seeing since this site’s inception, and February looks to be even better. So far this month I’m averaging around 1800 total hits and 800 unique hits per day. (I have raw log numbers for past months if anyone’s really interested.)

  • James Bradbury

    Putting aside the sound quality, I thought the interview was good.

    I know plenty of people write very well but are unable to articulate themselves in speech, but you did a good job. Personally, I’m not worried about public speaking as long as I really feel I know what I’m talking about. You obviously know your subject well and perhaps this helped your confidence as well as your arguments. If I had to be critical I’d say that there was little new there that regular readers haven’t already heard from you, but when branching out and perhaps reaching new listeners, that’s understandable.

  • TPK

    Well I think the new masthead is cool! Congratulations!

  • http://dominicself.co.uk Dominic Self

    Hip Hip Hooray!

    Happy Birthday :D

  • faust

    Thank you for writing such informative and interesting posts. I keep coming back here because of what you say. Please keep writing. It’s hard to be an atheist in my area. I feel less alone reading your posts.

  • http://www.dangerousintersection.org Erich Vieth

    Ebonmuse:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I DO like your new masthead, too.

    I very much appreciate your approach to writing. You are well-informed and you work hard to let your facts make your arguments. This site seems so . . . spinless. It’s straightforward and earnest. I also admire how you always exercise care to speak from the heart, out of kindness. It’s a terrific combination that makes for uplifting reading. This attitude is somewhat rare in atheist sites, sorry to say.

    Keep up the great work.


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