This year has regrettably been my least prolific. I’ve been busy with work, guitar, and family and friends. Though worthwhile expenditures of my time, they’ve come at the expense of my writing—as you have doubtless noticed (and hopefully lamented ha ha). But I’ll endeavor in the coming year to strike a more harmonious balance among my interests such that I can find time to blog again.
My recent inactivity here notwithstanding, I am still proud of what I and others managed to write for SHAFT this year. Below are the top 15 SHAFT posts of 2011; I think this list compares favorably to last year’s.
The USU SHAFT blog has been active now for two years; the first post was published August 13th, 2009. I want to thank all of you who have followed us from the beginning, and welcome those who have just recently stumbled upon our blog.
Despite my being less prolific as of late, the site still enjoyed increased traffic this year. And, like last year, we also won several Brodies (the Oscars of the Mormon/ex-Mormon blogosphere) for 2010: “Best News Reporting”, “Best LDS Church Watch”, and “Best Science Piece”. SHAFT has won a total of five Brodies, more than any other website.
Main Street Plaza’s second annual Brodie Awards are upon us. The Brodie Awards are to recognize the best of the Mormon/ex-Mormon blogosphere. Last year, the SHAFT blog won two Brodies—one for ‘Best New Blog’, and the other for ‘Best Humor Piece.’ I’d like to see our blog have a strong show in this year’s competition as well.
Now that I am working full-time, I haven’t been able to post as frequently. I don’t want to see this blog suffer just because I am busier, though. If you are a member of SHAFT, a student at or a recent alumnus of USU, please consider writing for the SHAFT blog. I think some fresh blood and fresh ideas would be great.
It doesn’t have to be a big time commitment. Even one post a week would go a long way in helping this blog remain dynamic and active. There are also a lot of benefits to blogging here, too. This blog is among the most popular ex-Mormon/atheist blogs in the country, so your posts will reach thousands of readers. It’s a fantastic medium, then, by which to share your insights and opinions.
If you are interested in writing for the blog, please reply to that effect in the comments.
USU SHAFT first met as an official club two years ago. It wasn’t until last August, however, that we decided to launch this site. (Nick Venturella is the technical guru behind the site’s creation and upkeep).
The SHAFT site has been a success that far exceeded anyone’s expectations. It has strengthened our group’s sense of community and served as an important forum for critical religious dialogue. And the site largely owes its success to you, the readers. You voted it “Best New Blog” in the 2009 William Law X-Mormon Awards, and your continued readership and participation have made this among the most popular sites of its kind.
Here are some of the site’s stats over one year of activity:
Just a quick technical update here: USU SHAFT is now using the FeedBurner service. This makes it very easy for you to subscribe to our blog in your favorite feed reader and stay up-to-date with USU SHAFT. If you’re not already subscribed to our feed or if you don’t know what a feed even is, now is a great time to add USU SHAFT to Google Reader (or any other feed reader). You can learn more about Google Reader and feed readers in general by watching the video below or by reading this page.
Also, if you want to follow the USU SHAFT blog but feed readers aren’t for you, we now offer a blog e-mail list as well! Just click on the “Blog Post Emails” link at the top of any page and you’ll receive a daily e-mail with the new posts from the USU SHAFT blog (note: the blog post e-mail list, which sends one message every day, is separate from our club events mailing list, which sends one message about every three weeks).