Godbit - 1st Month Recap

20 comments | Posted: 1 December 05 in General, by Nathan Smith

Browser Comparison

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.

Giving Thanks

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.

Discuss This Topic

  1. 1 matthew Smith

    This is great. Well done. I actually struggle to evangelize Christ as much as I do Web Standards (css/xhtml), Macs, and good belgian ale, so hopefully people in the church are catching word of a very christian idea - accessibility.

    I would be well up for participating in donating work of some kind to give away/contest? Looking forward to it.


  2. 2 D. Goodmanson

    Congrats on your success. I’m excited to see more churches and ministries get educated and hooked on web standards. Thanks for your leading in that!

  3. 3 Nathan Smith

    Drew: Thanks. I just want to re-iterate that this is a community effort, so the credit isn’t due to me. Plus, it’s all for God’s glory anyway. If I had to credit one person for the existence of Godbit.com, it would be Rob Evans who pushed for a site where we could help the church with web standards. I wasn’t exactly ecstatic about it at first, but his enthusiasm is contagious!

  4. 4 Robert

    I think a good way to advertise is to send a friendly email to the Churches that do indeed need help. We aren’t charging them for anything, but rather want to help educate them so that they can reach more people with the Gospel Message.

    I like the T-shirt idea, but the costs would be a problem. We could do setup something like cafepress.com or something where people can purchase a t-shirt if they want.

    Nathan: thank you, but it was your hard work that got this site up.

  5. 5 Rob

    I think Matthew and I have to make up at least 99% of the Safari users… :) But on a serious note i’d like to say a big Thank You to Mr. Nathan Smith for all your hard work. You’ve put together a beautiful and functional site. Thank you, and Robert, for the vision and for obeying God’s call. I’m excited to see what happens to GodBit as it grows. T-shirts, billboards, TV commercials…. OH MY!

  6. 6 Natalie

    I’m actually working with a women’s ministry now on a site for them and I get the feeling their web people (person?) could use your help. I’ll pass them a note, maybe make a wallpaper for them, using their logo and yours (if that’s okay). :)

  7. 7 Mark Priestap

    Nice work Nathan et al. This is now one of my favorite sites.

    I was partially responsible for some of the IE usage b/c I have to use an IE-based browser (I use Maxthon) as my default at my day job. If I didn’t, I’d get Firefox asking for network usernames and passwords constantly.

    So every time I click on a link from inside my RSS agregator, Maxthon opens and takes me here. (I’m using it right now…) My point? Even though you have 19% IE users, many of those visits are from one person who is using IE regretfully and normally uses Firefox when not at work. ;) The numbers should be even more slanted in favor of Firefox.

  8. 8 Dennis

    I love the site and I am glad to see that everything is going good. Keep those articles coming as they are gold.

    God Bless

  9. 9 David Russell

    I’m off to register 43 new users on the forum…

  10. 10 Nathan Smith

    Natalie: That'd be fine to do a desktop with joint-logo inclusion. I'm curious to see what you'll come up with. From the look of your site, it will probably be really cool and creative. Run it by me before you give it to them though, just so I can approve it, since it has our logo on it.

    David: That’s fine, as long as you post regularly under your 43 pseudonyms. I’m actually still thinking through what would be a cool thing to do for the 100th person. If anyone has some good ideas, let me know.

  11. 11 Yannick

    Nathan: If the person/church/ministry really needs it, a discount off hosting from Dreamhost is my offer.

  12. 12 Jim Walton

    Nice site! I’m looking forward to seeing how things progress.

    Congrats on your first month.

  13. 13 Aj

    Thanks for all that you do: the site looks great! And what a novel idea that we can give God more than sub-par efforts. :) Blessings to you as you continue to use your God-given talents and skills – I’m really excited to see what’s to come!

  14. 14 josh

    Great work on the site. I’m happy to have found out about it.

    We need to get together some small banners or icons that we can use on personal sites to link here. Anything exist already?

  15. 15 David Russell

    Nathan: For the 100th forum member, how about $10 or $20 to istockphoto, or a subscription to ParticleTree’s treehouse ezine?

  16. 16 Nathan Smith

    David: That’s a great idea. I suppose we’ll have to see the uniqueness of whoever that 100th member is, and let him/her decide (within reason) what type of gift would be most appropriate.

  17. 17 Yannick

    David: Nice ideas.

    Nathan: Yup that sounds like it would be best.

  18. 18 Robert

    I like the idea of giving a subscription of ParticleTree’s treehouse mag. That encourages web design and standards, exactly what we are about.

  19. 19 Nathan Smith

    Robert: Cool, that sounds good. Perhaps like, 5 subscriptions so that the 100th person could pick 4 friends to give them to, further expanding the message of web standards.

  20. 20 Jason Beaird

    That all sounds good, but you better remove the registered users count on the forum or I’ll be waiting till I see 99 to join. :)


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