Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Every once in awhile I’ll be out and about in Quakerland, when someone will turn to me and ask "So how's QuakerQuaker doing?" I always surprise myself a bit by saying “It’s doing great!”
Really: ten years ago who would have guessed that this would still be the home of such an active online community? Today there are over 3200 registered members. The site gets over 4000 visitors to the site every month. 2400 people have subscribed to the Facebook page and 2600 follow on Twitter, where new discussions and the best-of-the-web Editors Picks still go out daily.
Over time I’ve become the sole editorial curator as the other members of the team have drifted away (many members of the old editorial team have stepped up to serious Quaker responsibilities). I manage to follow many of the blogs and Quaker writers have gotten used to pinging me if I miss something exceptional. The community using the site itself has been great and I'm often impressed at the depth of discussion.
Apart from picking blog posts to feature, my main role has continued to be to pay the bills. Most of the site is funded through the regular trickle of $5 and $10 monthly donations that generous members give, but sometimes I have to make up the difference from my own pockets. Summertime is slim for me with kid swim lessons and my wife's teaching job on semi-hiatus.
The QuakerQuaker account is scraping by right now and there’s are some bills coming due. If you’re in the position to give, please consider a generous donation to refill the coffers for the summer.
Thanks for being on this journey with QuakerQuaker these ten years. I’m delightfully surprised to see the work adapting and continuing and honored to have a community of readers and members that keep it going!