Godbit - 1st Month Recap
20 comments | Posted: 1 December 05 in General, by Nathan Smith
Well, it’s the first of December, and it’s been about a month since the launch of Godbit.com. Looking back, it’s been quite an eventful month. I was perusing through the Google Analytics for this site, and was surprised to see a huge amount of visitors using Firefox, with IE6 coming in a distant second.
These numbers are of course skewed, since most of our visitors are of the techy web-geek inclination. Still, it’s a good sign that times are changing. Also interesting is the 16% “market share” of Safari users. That means that standards compliant browsers make up roughly 75% of our site visitors, cool!
So, obviously the guys and gals that are frequenting Godbit are aware of web-standards (or just enjoy decent browsing features). Here’s my challenge to you: spread the word – about Godbit, web-standards, better browsers, etc. Tell someone at your church about the benefits of web standards. Teach a kid who’s a techy about the basics of CSS. ‘Tis the season of giving, so share knowledge.
On that note: The forum at current count has 57 registered users. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m thinking about doing something special for the person who happens to register as the 100th user. The response, both on the forums and via email has been amazing, and completely exceeds my initial expectations.
To be honest, I thought it would flop, and we’d be viewed as another cheezy Christian site with our bumper sticker slapped on the back. It serves as reassurance to me that we are doing the right thing, at the right time, and that the Church is primed for a change, to utilize the web in new and exciting ways.
Got Threads / Wallpaper?
Speaking of which, here’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile: This coming Monday, the guys at ParticleTree will be running a Godbit advertisement in Treehouse Magazine. This will hopefully help spread the word, and bring in more Christian web developers who might not have heard about us yet. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want numbers just for the heck of it.
As you know, we’re not making use of AdSense here, or making money off this endeavor. The end goal is to see positive change over the next few years in the way the Church overall is percieved by the world. So, I’m asking for your input and feedback: How can we spread the word? What does it take to change the way the church uses web technology in this generation?
I was thinking of doing T-Shirts, or maybe having a contest of some sort, but I’m not sure how this would work without seeming too commercialized. I wouldn’t want to make a profit on the shirts, and ideally we would give them away. That might be something to think about for the future though, as I’m not sure how all the money issues would work out, or where to print them.
I think in the short-term, a good way to evangelize, about both the gospel and web-standards, is to do cool desktop wallpaper designs. So, I’m asking for the help of all you graphics gurus out there, come up with cool ideas, or if you’re stumped, ask on the forum, and discuss various themes. Sky’s the limit. If it pans out, we’ll take a vote, and then post the best ones for download.
Update: YWAM International has also taken a liking to Godbit: Article Here.
I almost forgot: The Godbit Project was featured recently on CSS Mania and Screenspire. We also got linkage from Particletree and Church Marketing Sucks, which are both high-traffic sites. Big thanks goes out for plastering us up there so graciously. I’m sure I’m overlooking many many people who have linked here recently, and for that I thank you. That reminds me, has anyone happened upon any good church / ministry websites lately? If so, let us know.
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