Welcome to the new year at New Christian Woman! Last June we formally launched this site and as we look to enter our first full calendar year, I’m excited to give you all a glimpse at how we’re fairing and a chance to influence where we may go.
First, I’m delighted to introduce our Writing Team for 2016. You can check out all their beautiful faces here. These 22 lovely ladies are a diverse bunch. They herald from five different countries, are located in 13 locations around the world and range in age from teenage to 70s (with the majority in their early 30s). I am so appreciative of their commitment to this project.
“International” is an appropriate description of our blog’s personality–and, I was excited to learn, of our readership. In our first 7 months of activity, we had 5800 views from 38 countries (a few dozen of these are certainly those dedicated spammers that keep trying to leave comments about weight loss plans but most of them are legit). The United States just barely won the slot for the country with the most views but South Africa and the United Kingdom were close behind. Having lived internationally, I know how vibrant and dedicated Church communities and Church individuals are outside my native USA; it is particularly special to me that we are serving so many of these women.
The early success of the site has brought with it some growing pains which in turn prompted me to adapt our structure. I now have two amazing co-Directors to share the work load– Abby Smith (technical), and Anne Waters (editing). This opens up my time to focus on marketing and resource management as well as expansion of our women’s ministry.
I began NewChristianWoman’s blog with the intention that it would be the kickoff project for what would eventually develop into a women’s ministry. When fully-functioning (in like, ten years), my hope is to be serving women of all ages by (1) supporting the “understanding” through providing quality resources, (2) supporting “the affection” by creating and encouraging community and support among New Church women, and (3) supporting “use” by providing outlets for women to serve the Church.
And here is where I would love your input. As we start looking at expanding into more services, I would appreciate hearing what sorts of projects would be useful to you? Are there areas you’ve wished someone would explore? On the article front, are there specific topics you would like articles written on?
This is a brain-dump session, there are no wrong suggestions.
Some ideas I myself am mulling over include: partnering with Bryn Athyn College to create a religion internship for women, running a survey of involved Church millennials around the world (I feel there are many misconceptions about this demographic), beginning a blog for Teenage girls, and creating an article series showcasing some of the healthiest congregations around the world.
Do any of those ideas particularly strike your fancy? Do you have any suggestions of your own?
We would love to here them.