Godbit Rides Again - What's Next?

9 comments | Posted: 11 February 14 in General, by Matt Heerema

Hello world.

The Past

Just under nine years ago, a new resource and community site for church Web designers came online. Godbit.com connected a group of young (and old), passionate, skilled, bright-eyed Web designers and “god botherers” over the course of the next several years, spurring a new level of excellence and craftsmanship in church Web design.

Through this site I was introduced to many friends, colleagues, and eventual collaborators, coworkers, and even a few employees.

Then, as all things do, especially on the Web, the momentum died out slowly. The founders had been put in positions of greater responsibility and “busyness”, and the site eventually shut down.

The Present

Recently I was handed the keys to the site. If for nothing else than to keep it alive as an archive, for historic, sentimental, and perhaps even technical utility. I will keep this site alive for that purpose, as long as I am able.

I have a small idea of continuing to post new content, primarily as a reference to cool tools, tech, and projects out there in the area of church Web design and development, just as an exercise, even if no one reads it.

The Future

I would love to know if anyone out there feels a need for a (re)new(ed) resource site of this type. There are several sites that have popped up over the last couple years for this same purpose, perhaps Godbit could be a sort of aggregator of that content, and a meeting point for those interested in it.

What would you like to see happen with this site? Have you felt a need for this sort of resource and community, and have simply lacked time to create it?

If we build it, will they come?



Discuss This Topic

  1. 1 Chris Pallé

    Thank you for the update, Matt.

    For me, Godbit holds an anchor to a pivotal moment in my life and walk with Jesus Christ. At the risk of over-dramatizing what some may see as a simple connection or just finding a common ground of interests, this site kept me focused on the calling God has on my life.

    See, in Jan 2004, 10 years ago, I rededicated my life to Jesus. I had been working on the Web since 1996, and pondered: “is this really what God wants me to do?”

    Figuring for sure the Web was just a hopeless cesspool and I needed to avoid it, I contemplated a new career entirely. Then I found this watering hole and it became clear that this is our missions field.

    What to do with it? Not sure. Will definitely commit it to prayer. What are all the other resources out there about? Are there gaps?

    Thanks again for bringing it up, Matt. Looking forward to others’ thoughts and feelings.

  2. 2 Yannick L.

    I’d love for us to also be able to continue with the interviews. I found those to be interesting.

  3. 3 Mike Sansone

    Glad for an update, Matt. My 2 cents …

    There’s always room for another good one (voice, site, book, movie, etc). Additionally, there are so many searching for places and platforms to learn from, to engage with, to find strength or alignment. So, yes, I believe there are eyes to hear. Curation of content might be easier than lots of creation of content – but still …

    Is it your path? A community effort? Consistency will be important, of course. I’ll keep my eye available and occasionally my fingers as well.

    Audience of One!

  4. 4 Nate Klaiber

    I always enjoyed the interviews and featured sites.

    Nice to see it coming alive again!

    - Nate

  5. 5 Matt

    For me, the sense of community in the forums were always a big benefit of this site. I also enjoyed the featured sites component. I knew I could turn to this site to find good sources of inspiration.

    I could also see how adding an aggregator for some of the more helpful, related sites could be useful.

  6. 6 Steven Grant

    I love this :)

    It was through Godbit that I came across ExpressionEngine and then came across Mike Boyink.

    The ExpressionEngine community has also introduced me to many brothers in Christ — many of whom I’ve had the pleasure of fellowshipping with in person when I’ve been in the US.

    Will love to see how we could grow this site again.

  7. 7 JGarrido

    Almost missed this update come across my RSS feed list, glad I didn’t, and looking forward to things to come.

  8. 8 Tim Bednar

    I’m interested. I too found inspiration, work and collaborators through this site.

    And my, my what I’ve learned in nine years.

    For me, the web is saturated with technology of the moment, e.g. Flappy Birds. And at my age of 44, I’m exhausted tyranny of the present.

    l need somewhere to discuss what it means to work on the web and how to deal with what it does to you. We always talk about change in regard to technology — rarely do I hear anyone talk about how it has changed us.

    Working as a developer has changed me, I want to probe that change.

    There is enough lists, link bait, animated gifs, infographics and clever headline writing. There are better, younger guys with better coding chops writing how to articles.

    Matt — not sure if this resonates or not?

  9. 9 Matt Heerema

    Thanks for all the feedback guys. Keep it coming!

    I think I’d love to kick off a series called “the last 5 years” to catch up with where the original authors and regular members/contributors/forum folks have been, what they’re up to now, and what they see for the future.

    Tim – those thoughts absolutely resonate.


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