Thank You

I blogged for about eight years before joining FtB.  First I was on xanga (all the cool kids were doing it), then for about six months this year I was on my own site.  Up until FtB I never gave a thought to how many readers I had – I just wrote because it was a good way to organize my thoughts and I enjoyed it.  Katie, my web mistress back on my own site, would occasionally say something like, “Good job!  You had 40,000 views last month.”  I would just smile, be flattered, and move on.

I’ve begun keeping an eye on those numbers since moving to FtB though.  My first month here, October, I had 96,000 views, which put me in the company of some of the blogs I read daily in college.  In November I had 130,000 views.  Last night, for the month of December, the blog passed 200,000 views on the month.

I don’t write to drive traffic, so that means people are reading just because they like what I write.  It never occurred to me that so many people would care about me, or at the very least be interested in what I have to say.  Thinking about those numbers this morning filled me with gratitude.  Of course, I’m flattered so many find me worth reading.  But I’m also grateful for what many of you have done.  We’ve added mental health to the causes addressed by the skeptic community, and that’s only growing.  We’ve helped raise money for worthwhile charities.  We’ve shared stories of what ails us as atheists and as lunatics.

You guys are the first time I’ve really cared about an audience as a writer – not in the sense that I’m going to change how I write, but because you’ve been so great to me and because we have done so much together.  I’m smiling ear-to-ear this morning, and I just wanted you all to know.  Thank you for everything.  *hug*

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Nikki Scull

    JT you are awesome and have been able to give people a voice that they didn’t know they had. So THANK YOU for that being that voice. The world would be a sad place without it. *hugs*

  • http://carlsagansdanceparty.wordpress.com Steven Olsen

    I know a lot of people with blogs. Some of them are ok. It takes a lot to make me a fan of someone’s writing, and your words did it. If I had stumbled onto WWJTD without knowing you, I would have still been hooked. You’ve earned your laurels.

  • Brandon

    *hug*

  • lordshipmayhem

    I read you because I find you an interesting writer, someone who makes me think, someone who I can see sitting down and solving all the world’s problems over a beer or a coffee. Keep writing on whatever you find interesting, or whatever you find needs to be said.

  • Melanie

    *hug* Your writing on not only atheism and religion but also mental illness has been fantastic and inspiring. You deserve all the views, readers and admiration you get!

  • Quincyme

    Listen, great blogs are deserving of many followers. Yours is in that number. Keep it up.

  • http://the-heretics-haven.blogspot.com/ Ben Crockett

    Maybe I’ll have the honor of giving you a hug in person one of these days.

  • stubby

    I read your blog because I saw your talk about mental illness at Skepticon and was very impressed. I’m proud to be one of your loyal minions.

  • LadyBlack

    I love your blog! I don’t feel I’ve contributed much, whereas you’ve made me laugh out loud so many times, I’ve lost count (you were being intentionally funny, I should add :-))

    Please can you do a blog on Skyrim? I am wanting to discuss with people about how I’ve bought my first house, and maanged to create gold ingots and jewelry and everything. And kicked some dragon butt, except everyone keeps backing away from me slowly.

    You have to love a game that counts how many bunnies you’ve killed….


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