With this post, SouthernGospelBlog.com reaches a significant milestone: Its 1000th post.
I’ve written 978 of the posts; 22 have been contributed by my friend and co-worker, Sony Elise. So my personal 1000th post is a week or two out. (The post number found in a direct link is higher since since WordPress counts drafts I deleted.)
The website currently averages about 2000 unique visits and 5000 page views per day. To date, since the site’s launch it has been visited 985,342 times and had 1,954,597 page views. I was curious the other day, and checked HubSpot: [EDIT, 2/22/13: Broken link removed.] Thanks to your repeat visits, it looks like you have put a Southern Gospel blog among the top 1% (0.68%, to be precise) of most-visited blogs online.
Thank you to every one of you who either posts here or tells me at concerts that you read the site. Statistics are one thing, but it’s quite another to put names and faces with the readers. You are the reason I’ve kept going.
But enough of the past—let’s look toward the future. I considered doing a reader survey, but in the end, I decided there was really only one I wanted to ask: What do you see as the future of Southern Gospel news reporting? There are any number of possibilities Southern Gospel news and commentary in general, and this site in particular, could take:
- Blogs. The most recent post, no matter the category, is on top.
- News Website. The main page links to the most recent stories in several categories, so that the most recent reviews, news items, and commentary would all be linked to from the front page.
- Email newsletter. A daily email newsletter with the headlines / commentary from the day.
- e-Magazine. This would probably be in addition to a daily-updated format, but how many of you would prefer reading this site’s feature stories, news, reviews, commentary in an e-Magazine format? Probably the two most common formats would be PDF and an e-paper format like Issuu.
- Print Magazine. I think cost would prevent this site’s content ever shifting into print, but who knows what the future holds?
What direction(s) would you like to see this site go?