Break out the bubbly!

Yesterday WWJTD received its one millionth hit since joining Freethought Blogs.

I have always written whatever’s on my mind, and have insisted to Christina and Dr. Dave, my two contributors (follow them on twitter, they are @Ziztur and @DrDavidBurger respectively), that they write because they are moved to write, not to follow a schedule and absolutely not write to drive traffic.

And yet, people still apparently read us.  It boggles my mind (Christina will vouch) and is flattering and at the same time comforting to know there are people out there with similar interests.

Tonight I think I’m going to get pizza to celebrate.  In the meantime, how did you guys find the blog?  Any particular posts or series of posts memorable?  Have we met in person?


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.

  • otocump

    Well, you’ve made it onto my ‘morning must read’ schedule so that must mean something right? You’re right up there with Questionable Content, Dr McNinja and XKCD! Quite the accomplishment, though I’d say the artwork could use a bit of sprucing up. Too much text compared to the other three. LOL j/k

    Keep on doing what you do JT, you’re amazing to read. Have lots of interesting topics and your other contributors are equally compelling and ‘neat’! I’m always refreshing the page to see what new has come up. Your style is great, your words are meaningful.

    I’ve learned a lot from reading this blog, a lot on poly, and more on atheism and activism. I enjoy even the commenter’s! If you ever do storm Castle Phyrangula for good, I don’t know which side I’d have to choose…but if cookies were offered by one side or the other…hmmm….

    Keep it up! You’ve got ME to delurk, that counts for something.

  • Gordon

    Skepticon, I saw a skepticon talk you gave on youtube and I said to myself – “I’ve got to hear more from this guy”

    If I remember rightly you talked about – and provided photographic evidence of – a massive fort you made of cardboard boxes.

    Solid win!

  • grumpyoldfart

    I followed P.Z. Myers to FtB and since then I have been reading all the other blogs here.

    I had a blog that got 480 views in one year! It’s probably still out there somewhere, but I can’t be bothered to look for it.

  • Arjan

    On YouTube I saw your talk at skepticon about mental health issues and saw you where someone who had something important to say. You spoke out about an issue that’s close to my heart, both personally and professionally. You did it with such passion an eloquence I welled up watching it and thought I should look you up. I found your blog and have been a fan of it ever since.

  •!/gardenofboyo FredSamBoyo

    I started reading around the time that you joined, I think (PZ mentioned you joining the ranks, which was also the first time I encountered FtB, and I’ve been here since). I’ve enjoyed the writing in general, though some of the topics have been incredibly eyeopening and has helped me learn more about the world in general. So major kudos and stuff!

    Also, you got me to de-lurk and try to be a bit more activist-y in nature too! Double win!

  • Irreverend Bastard

    I just followed Greta Christina, after I came across her brilliant “Atheists and Anger” piece.

  •!/Erulora Erulóra Maikalambe

    I don’t think we’ve actually met in person, but I’ve been to the last couple of Skepticon events (bearded bald guy with a baby and a “Smile, there’s no hell” shirt at Sk3, bearded bald guy in a Pharyngula shirt at Sk4) and loved them, and loved your presentations. When I saw that you had a blog here, I just had to check it out. And I’m glad I did, because I love your style and your no-nonsense takedowns of … well, nonsense.

    As for posts that stand out, I really enjoyed your coverage of the Cranston crapfest. It’s nice to have somebody listen to the bogus arguments of the godbots, so I don’t have to.

  •!/VeritasKnight VeritasKnight

    Jen retweeted WWJTD back in the day, and you were posting something about Magic cards, so I was stuck.

  • Dave, the Kwisatz Haderach

    Gratz on the big round number o’ hits! I’m another one who followed PZ from ScienceBlogs and then onto your blog. I believe it was from a link in one of the Pharyngula comment threads. I wish I had time to read all the blogs here, not enough free time unfortunately, but WWJTD definitely makes the cut.

    Just a word of warning though, if you ever “march on Castle Pharyngula”, I will be forced to take arms against you.

    Gratz again JT, Christina and Dr. Dave. Keep up the fine work.

  • Michaelyn

    We met once.

  • Ubi Dubium

    OOOH, OOOH, I was the millionth hit, right? What do I win, what do I win?!? All those pop-up ads on other sites keep telling me that I’m the millionth visitor and I’m eligible for a prize! There’s a prize, right? (I’m going to have to track you down at the Rally and claim a hug, at the very least.)

    Between Pharyngula, Greta Christina, Hemant and CoFSM, I kept seeing your name come up. So I started checking out your blog shortly before you moved it, and now you are on my “check at least daily” list.

  • J*

    I was your mom once in high school. A few months ago I wondered “what’s that guy up to these days” so I added you on FB. Started reading your blog and it annoyed the living Jeebus out of me. Even though I mostly agreed with what you were saying the approach was just as obnoxious to me as my crazy catholic aunt who spews her hate all the time. But I kept reading (a character flaw I suppose, I got hooked on Glee much the same way) and dammit you just kept making sense. It wasn’t long before you explained your approach and I realized you’re right. Live and let live isn’t the best way here. Faith should be embarrassing. The list goes on. You’ve changed my mind on a lot actually.

    When I wondered what that one guy from high school was doing I never would’ve imagined he was changing lives.

  • WilloNyx

    I found you shortly before you moved to FtB via Greta and Jen. I have only been reading blogs for the last two years so I continue to expand as the days go by. I typically come here every day, sometimes multiple times a day. I appreciate the perspectives that you and Christina both give, but I don’t know much about Dr. B’s posts yet. I especially like the enthusiasm you have in your posts. They feel very human and accessible. Thank you.

  • Richard

    Earlier this year at dragoncon, you changed my mind during your coming out skeptical speech, and you got me signed up for the SSA. Like a few others here, you made my daily read list up there with XKCD and the friendlyatheist, who I found through you.

  • Carina De Almeida

    I decided to join twitter some time last year and PZ came up as a suggestion – I read a bit there and was immediately hooked. It only follows that I then started reading other FtB’s as well.
    You are on my daily read list together with a few others from FtB.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Dan L.

    I do not read you regularly but whenever I see one of your posts recommended by someone else I jump right to it. Sometimes I drop in to see what you’ve been writing about. I really admire your honesty, passion, and your commitment to standing up for what you believe is right. Keep up the great work!

  • AylaSophia

    I’ve been reading you… about a year now, I guess? I’d been reading Pharyngula and Blag Hag and possibly Greta’s blog for a while, I think, and thanks to the magic of the FtB network I got linked to yours at some point. I honestly don’t remember when! But I do know that you immediately made it on to my “check every day” blog roll. And that every tidbit I learned about you made you more awesome. Opera singer who does karaoke? Polyamorous? Magician?! Fuck yeah!

    And then of course there’s the mental illness aspect. Yeah, that’s when I fell in internet-reading-love with you. I’ve been struggling with a pretty severe depression for almost a year, and I’ve been on SSRIs since June, and reading your accounts of your own struggles has been really helpful for me. I can’t ever express enough gratitude and love for your decision to speak out about skeptical approaches to mental illness. It’s a large part of what inspired me to “come out” as a depression sufferer earlier this year, which has so far proven to be a very good decision.

    Sorry if this is getting rambly. Tl;dr JT YOU ARE AWESOME I LURVE YOU.

    Oh, and no, we haven’t met in real life– I’m currently living in Ireland, though I’m an American really, and when I’m in the U.S. I’m based in the Michigan/Chicago area, so I haven’t had a chance to meet you. But I’d love to, someday!

  • Whelve

    I came across your Skepticon speech on mental health and was totally floored. Been reading ever since, even though this is my first comment ever.

  • WMDKitty

    I followed PZ and a few others during the formation of FTB, and when you joined up, I started reading.

  • John Morales

    Add another voice to the mob that reads you because you’re so conveniently placed here at FTB.

    (Well, that, and you merit it. Christina is alright, too)

  • Tomochan

    You came to my town. I got a last notice as my atheist group added your event with C.A.S.H. to the agenda at the last minute. Not knowing who you were but having nothing on my ever-busy social calendar, I went to hear you speak… about what I didn’t know. I don’t read blogs as a matter of principle, but your work with the SSA intrigued me – once I googled it and found out what it was. Awesome. There’s a state chapter of American’s United, and I have nothing but support for you and others fighting to protect individual liberties. Thank you. Not saying I’ll read your blog, but thank you.

  • Cynthia

    How could I not read you? You’re loud, agressive, mentally ill and polyamorous. What’s not to love?

    In fact, I was hoping you’d ask Christina to update her status – she told us about getting meds, but we haven’t heard much since. How’s she feeling?

    And Michaelyn’s comment is genius BTW…

  • Jessica D.

    I work with Christina and am looking forward to following your blog.