Thank you.

There was a time in my life, not long ago, when, for the first time, I had $1,000 in the bank.  It didn’t last long, but it was a proud achievement.

I’m about to hit the road for the eight-hour drive to St. Louis (hence why you’ll see a lot of content from other writers on the site today).  On the way out of town I will make a single deposit of $2,600 from all of my writing and speaking gigs, much of which will go into savings.  Most of that comes from you guys making September, my first month at Patheos, my highest-traffic month ever by far (and October was close).  For those months, I was undoubtedly one of the highest traffic atheist blogs out there.

I’m doing what I love and living comfortably.  I have no idea what I did to deserve to be so lucky.  Thank you, all of you, for this.  I could not imagine a better life.  I seriously cannot find all the right words to tell you how grateful I am for the life I get to lead because you guys like what I write.  I cannot thank you all enough.

I had a friend ask me the other night, after watching an anti-gay rights video, how I rebut this stuff all the time without becoming a curmudgeon.  A big part of the answer is all of you.  I love what this blog has become, and your support means the world to me.

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

  • invivoMark

    It’s conditional, of course. If you stop kicking ass and being awesome, we will stop coming.

    In the meantime, you’re welcome for procrastinating at my work. :-)

  • JG

    Thank YOU JT!…. keep fighting the good fight… also you serve as a source of inspiration to a lot of people, including me, to stand strong against the religious bigots i have to deal with here in my country.

    Jon from Argentina.

  • SuperMental

    Thank you for writing JT. I look forward to your posts everyday.

  • baal

    I make it a point to click extra ads while I’m on your pages :).

    • John Horstman

      Ooh, yeah, good question – do you get more $ for clicks-through? I’ll start clicking ads if it helps more than simply loading them on the page.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd JT Eberhard

        I get paid by pageviews. A big way you guys can help is by sharing around the posts you like or upvoting them on reddit if you see them (and if you like them).

        • Loqi

          So you’re saying I should set up a script that visits WWJTD every few seconds and leave it running while I’m at work?

          • John Horstman

            Only if you can spoof novel IPs or bounce the connections through a series of different proxies. Or, you could figure out what the time-out is for the ad system they use that counts the same IP as a new hit.

          • Loqi

            You mean to tell me they’ve already closed this obvious avenue of attack? What sorcery is this?!

        • John Horstman

          Okay, I can totally make an effort to pull up articles that I’ve read at work once I get home as well. Also, if my phone internet connection ever stops being sketchy as hell, I can use that too. :-)

  • Loqi

    Keep up the good work. Only a few more zeros before you’ll have Republicans trying to give you tax breaks.

  • Nate Frein

    JT, the way I see it, I’m supporting you to fight the fights that I lack the charisma, or time, or skill to fight.

    And I’m getting a bargain for it. You’re a beautiful person. Always remember that.

  • BradC

    Wait, you’re not already a curmudgeon??
    That’s the only reason I followed this blog!

  • http://polyskeptic.com Wes

    +1

  • ACN

    Keep kicking ass and chewing bubblegum, and I’ll keep clicking through :)

  • Glodson

    It is an odd thing to say thank you for. I mean, I’ve been reading your stuff for awhile, even before I completed my deconversion. It has always been interesting, entertaining, and even informative. And it has been free of charge. So thank you for the writing. It helped me accept my faithlessness, and it made me laugh at times and think always. So good stuff. I’ve wanted to go to a speaking engagement, but hey, busy life and limited money is something I’m sure everyone here can understand.

    Anyways, thank you for the blog. I’ll keep reading and making my pointless little comments when I can.


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