August 17, 2010

Promoting Atheism One Blog at a Time

kiteWhile commenting on a new atheist blog, Flying Kites, I found myself thinking once again about the importance of atheists helping each other. The author had contacted me and asked if I'd be willing to visit the new blog and offer any feedback. Time permitting, I'm always happy to do this. In this post, I'd like to address the simple but intriguing question of why.

I have no illusions about my place in the atheist blogosphere. I am somewhere in the second tier, a solid B-list blogger, if you will allow me the silly Hollywood comparison. I've been here for some time and will consider myself fortunate if I can manage to remain here for the duration of my blogging career. At the same time, I know that someone developing a new atheist blog might look upon my efforts as being fairly successful. And yes, I've learned a few things over the years that others new to atheist blogging might find useful.

I see helping new atheist bloggers as a way for me to give something back to a community that has been good to me. But it is more than that. I am convinced that an active atheist community is good for all of us. Blogging has never been a competitive endeavor for me. I think that helping new atheist blogs attract readers and provide high-quality material benefits us all.

I know we're all busy, juggling many priorities. None of us have time to do everything we'd like to do. But I encourage everyone to promote the meme of atheism and the atheist community whenever possible.

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