Today is Prosblogion's second anniversary. The blog started with Jeremy Pierce following up on Brian Weatherson's suggestion that the philosophy blogosphere needed more topical blogs. A month later Prosblogion went live with a mix of faculty and graduate student contributors. Since that time we have gained a few new contributors and lost a couple. Two contributors have moved from being students to faculty and three of us have moved on to other graduate programs. In that same time a few of our commenters and interlocutors have made the same types of transitions.
While the frequency of posting at Prosblogion has never been great, the quality of the posts has been generally good. Collectively we have generated 231 posts, garnered 1,598 comments, and warranted 50 TrackBacks. Over the last two years our readership has continued to grow. In the last year we have had 165,933 visitors and 296,133 individual page loads. Reading through the logs tells me that we have some of the brightest in our field as occasional lurkers. While we have plenty of lurkers, we've also attracted a fantastic group of regular commenters who make posting here a pleasant and rewarding experience.
The last year has seen a lot of growth in the philosophy blogosphere. It has also been fun to watch the number of individual blogs, especially those by graduate students, flourish. The numbers have grown to a level such that I can no longer follow them all. Sadly there are still too few topical group blogs; no metaphysics, history, philosophy of science. Happily the group blogs that do exist have been remarkably stable and productive. I think we've carved out a nice piece of the blogosphere for ourselves and shown that a philosophy of religion blog can persist/endure.
Looking forward there are a few things I'd like to see on this site in the future. Call it my wish list. I'd still like to attract more senior philosophers to contribute to the site, even if only as guests. I'd like to add contributors from other religious traditions and friendly atheists/agnostics. (Interested parties should contact me.) Finally, I'd like to squeeze at least one post out of Tom because everything he writes is fantastic. Readers with wishes or suggestions are welcome to leave them in the comments section.
Thanks to all of my fellow contributors, commenters, and readers, for making Prosblogion a place that is a pleasure to support and contribute to.