Daylight Atheism: Anniversary #2

You know what time it is. :)

Today marks the second anniversary of Daylight Atheism’s first post, which was on February 10, 2006. After two years, we’re still going strong! My list of topics for future posts remains as long as ever. In fact, I’ve found in the past several months that the number of posts I plan for a given month outnumbers the number of opportunities for posting. As a result, I’ve built up something of a backlog of posts, which I’ll try to work through over the next several months.

In honor of this milestone, I’ve gone to the database and crunched some numbers. At the time this was written, Daylight Atheism had 529 posts and 12,318 comments. Below is a chart of the total and unique hits by month, which I’m proud to say displays the strong upward trend that’s been apparent since this site’s inception. So far, February 2008 is on a course to continue that trend.

Daylight Atheism Hit Totals, 02/2006-02/2008

I don’t know if there’s an upper limit to Daylight Atheism’s traffic, but I haven’t seen one yet. I firmly believe that there’s still a huge audience for the message of freethought which we’ve only begun to tap. Even in America, most god-besotted of the First World nations, there are tens of millions of atheists, secularists, and religious “nones”. Among the conventionally religious, there must be millions more who are reachable – frustrated freethinkers afraid to identify themselves as such, or people who simply didn’t know that atheism was a live option. If we can reach out to even a small percentage of these people, if we could persuade them to speak out and organize, we could make nonbelievers a political and social force to be reckoned with. In the last year, the religious right has fallen into disarray, and their stranglehold on American society has weakened. If we want to make that a permanent state, we need to create an active and motivated secular movement that could step into the power vacuum they’ve left. To whatever extent I can further that goal, I’ll gladly play my part.

The writing of my book continues more or less on schedule; I’m aiming to finish writing by this summer. After that, I’m planning for another month or so of editing and cleanup, and then I’ll start looking into options for publication.

As Daylight Atheism enters its third year, I’m always in search of new and interesting ways to improve this site and its community. One thing I’ve been thinking about is a live chat session, probably on IRC, where I could answer questions or where readers could communicate with each other. Is there any interest in this? If so, let me know; we can negotiate a time and date that would be best for the largest number of people. If this is a success, I may make it a monthly or bimonthly event.

In closing, I offer my warmest gratitude to you, the readers, who’ve made this site what it is. Overall, I’m very happy with the quality of discussion here, and I think there’s a vibrancy and yet a sense of intimacy and community that one doesn’t often find together on popular weblogs. This, to me, is an encouraging microcosm of the larger freethought community that I perceive is taking shape in society. I’m thankful to everyone who’s taken the time to participate and to leave their thoughts in comments or e-mail. As always, I’m humbled by the number of friendly, intelligent people who’ve chosen to take part here. I strive every day to improve my writing to be worthy of your time and energy.

Our challenges are not yet past, my friends, but the future looks bright. There’s religious lunacy to skewer, humanism to defend, and a world that still needs to hear what we have to say. 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.

  • Chris Swanson

    Well, this is wonderful! :) Your site is part of why I’ve started my own site, which, among other things, have a focus on atheism (and politics, books and movies). Thanks for putting this site up and inspiring to do my own! :)

  • shifty

    Happy Anniversary!
    Thanks for providing such a cogent site for the freethought community.
    I came, I saw, I learned, I wasted way to much time surfing…….I really need to get a life.

  • http://wilybadger.wordpress.com Chris Swanson

    Oh, my site is wilybadger.wordpress.com. Hope it’s ok to put that here. :)

  • Mikael Høilund

    Congratulations on the anniversary! It’s impressive to see so much interest in something so taboo-ridden as atheism.

    I can certainly put up a vote for the IRC chat idea. I’d be very happy to see something like that come together.

  • JoelWildtree

    Congrats on 2 years! I just found this site several days ago, but I’ve been since reading through as many posts as I can. I must say that I’ve not come across a source of Atheist discussion as complete and centralized as this, thanks!

  • Samuel Skinner

    You should read the tipping point. It is all about sudden changes. Now if we could estimate what the critical mass was… After all, once you get to a certain level of strong atheists or antitheists you get a change in tone (You believe in God? Well let me tell you something- the tooth fairy, Santa, the Easter Bunny? He is in the same category). You don’t get the same affect if you continue to have people who “respect” religion as Europe has depressingly shown.

  • http://www.winterlanecomputing.com Megrim

    I would love an opportunity to have a live chat with you. Congratulations on 2 years, and I’m counting on a strong 2+ more.

    I’m still jumping up and down in anticipation for your book.

  • Anonymous for now

    This has become one of my favorite blogs, and the Atheism Pages on ebonmusings.org were a great help during my deconversion. Thanks!

    Oh, and if MisterDomino is listening – I used to work/volunteer at the Cincinnati MNHS until this past summer, and I’m curious to know if I’ve ever met you. Perhaps you’d be willing to show yourself again?

  • http://elliptica.blogspot.com Lynet

    You know what time it is. :)

    Indeed I do :-). Happy Birthday Daylight Atheism!

    Yeah, you should definitely give that chat thing a go. I know I’m not in the right time zone to be sure of convenient timing for anything like this, but I still think it sounds like a good idea.

  • An Indonesian Atheist

    Backlog is good. Backlog means I can keep learning more and more from this wonderful blog because you still have plenty of topics :D

    I just hope I have the nerve to share these important knowledge to ignoramuses in my country.

  • An Indonesian Atheist

    Backlog is good. Backlog means I can keep learning more and more from this wonderful blog because you still have plenty of topics :D

    I just hope I have the nerve to share these important knowledge to ignoramuses in my country.

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

    Congrats on the milestone and here’s to another year of excellent godless blogging! You remain one of my favorite atheist blogs, and I look forward to being with you for another year.

  • Steve Bowen

    Congratulations Adam

    This site has become a pleasurable, informative and thought provoking daily experience for me since I first discovered it. Here’s to many more years.

  • MisterDomino

    Oh, and if MisterDomino is listening – I used to work/volunteer at the Cincinnati MNHS until this past summer, and I’m curious to know if I’ve ever met you. Perhaps you’d be willing to show yourself again?

    You may very well have! I usually work at the Children’s Museum, though I did spend one Saturday greeting visitors at the MNHS. I just started there in September of last year, however; I just returned this past June from living in France.

  • mike

    Ooh, I was meaning to find out whether you had any plans to wrie a book. I am very pleased to find out that you are. Is there a post where you outline the scope of the book? Will it be mostly ebomnusings essays bound up? Even though I’ve read most of them by now, I’d still love to have it in book form.

  • NgeliMwenu

    I’d love to meet you on IRC (and would already take the chance to ask for a Euro-friendly time for the event).

  • Christopher

    For all of my philosophical disagreements with you and those on this board, I still offer you my congratulations – as places like these will be needed if us non-believers are going to beat the religious fanatics in the culture wars.

    As the old proverb goes: “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

  • DKrap

    Thank you for all of the hard work you put into this site! It is truly remarkable how much information you provide.

  • TheMightyThor

    Congrats to you! All of my days include a visit to this site. The discussions here are very interesting, informative, and in the wake of internet infidel’s deterioration int total viciousness, a pleasure to witness and participate in civil discussion. Thanks again for your dedication and professionalism in maintaining this site!

    Thor

  • jack

    Congratulations, Ebon! There’s a simple and obvious reason for the phenomenal growth of traffic at Daylight Atheism and Ebonmusings: The quality and depth of the ideas expressed, and the eloquence of your writing. I look forward to your book and to many more years of online reading pleasure.

  • Thumpalumpacus

    Good show, Adam, and congratulations. This has become far and away my favorite forum of any stripe, and that is due to the quality of your thinking, writing, and respondents. My thanks to you, and all the regs here, for such a fine page. Keep up the good fight, and many happy returns.

  • Entomologista

    Thanks for all your hard work.

  • Karen

    Among the conventionally religious, there must be millions more who are reachable – frustrated freethinkers afraid to identify themselves as such, or people who simply didn’t know that atheism was a live option.

    Yes, definitely. Thanks for recognizing this. As one who came from that camp, and interacts with others daily in an ex-fundy support group, I can confirm your thoughts here. Blogs like this one and others are reaching more and more of these closeted agnostic pew-sitters on a daily basis.

    Let me add my congrats, also. I only found this blog a few months ago, but I’ve been consistently impressed and delighted by your clarity and eloquence. It’s a wonderful resource.

  • Snotti Prince St . Cyr

    Congratulations on your second anniversary. Everything that you say is true–despite your enormous progress on this blog, ALL non-believers and freethinkers, us included, have more work to do and more people to influence in a positive manner. As a young black man in this country, I can relate.

    The only improvement that I could suggest is to place a little more emphasis on the dynamics of religion and existence as minorities perceive them–do some posts on the Latinos’ Catholic heritage, Native American beliefs, and the nature of the black church. I only encourage you to do this in conjunction with everything else that you do, and have that manifest in your personal life as well. May you live on and continue your fantastic work!

  • http://gretachristina.typepad.com/ Greta Christina

    Happy blogday! Your blog is a powerful inspiration. And it seems like such a venerable institution — I can’t believe you’ve only been doing it for two years! Congrats, and keep up the excellent work.

  • http://nesoo.wordpress.com/ Nes

    Congrats! I’m hoping to see many more years here. After all, what else would I use for a home page? ;-)

  • http://www.dougpaulsen.com Doug

    Much kudos. Looking forward to another year and, of course, the book!

    Doug

  • Robert Madewell

    I discovered your blog about a year ago. I check it almost everyday to see if you have posted something new. It’s so nice to know that I am not alone in my (un)beliefs. Your blog is a ray of sunshine to this non-theist in a godsoaked, northern Arkansas, bible belt, dogma-clouded town. Set up that chat room and I’ll be there!

  • http://thegreenbelt.blogspot.com The Ridger

    I add my congratulations, and my hope you will continue for many more years.

  • http://spaninquis.wordpress.com/ Spanish Inquisitor

    Congrats, Adam! This place was one of the reasons I blog myself. Many more years to you, and I look forward to the book. I want a signed copy.

  • KShep

    I can’t believe it’s been only two years. Seems like it should take longer to accumulate so much quality work. Thanks and congratulations, Adam.

    Count me among those interested in the live chat idea. It would be worth a shot to see if it works.

  • DamienSansBlog

    Happy anniversary. Are you sure the blog has only been around for two years? Somehow it feels like longer. :)

    As far as “options for publication” go, do you have an agent yet? (Forgive me if you’ve already addressed the topic, someplace I’ve forgotten.)

  • spaceman spif

    Hooray! Daylight Atheism is 2 internet years old!!

    That’s like…umm…8 in human years, right?

    Congrats! ;)

  • J Myers
  • J Myers

    Oooo… I did not use a bold tag; not sure what happened there – sorry!

  • http://www.daylightatheism.org/ Ebonmuse

    DamienSansBlog: No, I don’t have an agent yet. I’m still weighing whether I should seek one out, or just go the self-publication route. The fact that significant material in my book was drawn from essays on Ebon Musings and Daylight Atheism may be an issue with publishers, although there is also substantial new material there. I haven’t made a decision about this yet.

  • MS (Quixote)

    Congratulations on the anniversary and sincere wishes for many more.

    and I think there’s a vibrancy and yet a sense of intimacy and community that one doesn’t often find together on popular weblogs.

    Absolutely, and let me add this as a compliment from the theist camp. If you are trying to reach folks as stated above, you are going about it the right way. The material on this site, and the Ebonmuse parent site, is consistently well written, compelling, and rational. Nevertheless, though you challenge them, people are allowed to post without being ridiculed, called names, or generally belittled. It’s an uncommon combination of strong argumentation and respect. It speaks volumes about character.

    Great job and congratulations…

  • DamienSansBlog

    Ebon: Writers of my own acquaintance tend to report that agents are a de facto necessity, if you want enough copies of your book out there that folks might actually read them. You also have the advantage of fitting into a new and established market niche (an advantage which my acquaintances uniformly do not possess), which an agent would be specifically trained to exploit.

    You might have a point about the “previous material” issue, though. Presumably publishers would treat this with the same protocol that they use for, say, anthologies of short stories…but I really have no idea.

    Of course it can’t hurt to ask?