Earlier today, we received our 1,000,000th page view on this site. For a Fortune 500 company, that might not be remarkable, but we think it’s noteworthy on a site devoted to Lent. While the Supreme Executive Committee is not shy about trumpeting our supremacy, even we could not have done all this alone. Of course, our Celebrity Bloggers deserve the credit for writing compelling, entertaining, and even inspiring bios. We also give thanks for the Global Lent Madness Viewing Public. You keep us going whenever we get discouraged, whether it’s Tim’s Luddite inability to run a website or Scott’s procrastination at doing his part of the epic SEC book proposal that will change the face of Lent.
One million page views means that many of you find something worthwhile here. We’ve heard that some of you enjoy Lent Madness because of the glimpses of God’s glory we see in the lives of saints. Many others take great delight in the vibrant conversations throughout Lent. We sometimes have well over 200 comments each day of Lent, and we’re well over 10,000 total comments. Community doesn’t end here though. We’ve surpassed 8,000 likes on Facebook and over 2,000 likes on Twitter. Opening day yesterday set a traffic record with over 30,000 page views.
Our point in sharing all this is that perhaps there is a lesson here for the church. With a very modest budget (just ask our volunteer Celebrity Bloggers) and a simple concept, Lent Madness has attracted a wide audience. Perhaps there is a message that we would do well to think about joyful ways to proclaim the Good News. Perhaps we should find other ways to do Christian education outside classrooms. Perhaps we should use Lent as a time to invite others to join us on a journey as we all seek to follow Jesus.
Keep up the madness. We look forward to sharing some more numbers when we post our 2,000,000th page view. It might be sooner than you think!
The Supreme Executive Committee of Lent Madness