It was October 4th 2011 when JWsurvey published its first ever blog post – a simple “Welcome” page put up by our webmaster, John Hoyle.
Since then we have gone on to amass 100 posts/articles, 340 subscribers, and over 4,000 comments. And over the last month we received over 52,000 unique visits – our busiest spell ever!
Of course, the main purpose of this website is not the articles (as much as I enjoy writing them!) – but the global survey. The survey is our way of “giving a voice to the silent majority” of thinking Witnesses who are otherwise deprived of the opportunity to share any dissenting opinions – and this too is steadily gathering momentum.
Our first 2011 survey gathered 1,118 votes. The follow-up in 2012 amassed 1,488 votes. And so far the 2013 survey is on over 1,260 votes with just under three months still to go!
As we pass this important milestone, thoughts are already turning to the next two years and beyond. How can we improve this website, and attract even more voters and readers?
One way is by connecting more with our visitors, and giving them ways to get involved. With this in mind I have set up a new “Get Involved” page (on the top menu), which spells out a number of areas in which we welcome and appreciate your help.
For example, we have published two PDF flyers that can be downloaded, printed and distributed. One flyer entitled “10 Questions For Jehovah’s Witnesses To Consider” is written exclusively with JW readers in mind. The other, “Why Jehovah’s Witnesses Need Your Help,” is intended to help raise awareness of the harm being caused by Watchtower among non-JWs. Both flyers point the reader to this website and JWfacts.com for further information.
We are also exploring ways of improving JWsurvey by allowing people to fund this website and its activities. A financial plan has been drawn up that identifies key areas where investment is welcome. I’m delighted to confirm that two of these areas have already received funding! This means that we now have our domain registration and hosting paid for the next 3 years, and we are investing in a new SurveyMonkey.com package to host the 2014 global survey. These are important improvements that would not have been possible without the generosity of our readers.
Less important funding priorities include (1) investment in equipment and software for producing better quality videos, and (2) investment in paid adverts on Facebook and Google to attract more Witness readers. But with a brand new survey to look forward to in 2014 and our website costs paid for the next three years, I am more than content with the improvements made thus far.
Before this article becomes too self-congratulatory and solipsistic, I had better leave it there! Suffice it to say we are extremely grateful to all our readers and supporters for helping us get to where we are over such a relatively short period – and we will continue to strive to make this website and its content worthy of your attention.