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February 15, 2006, 2:35 AM

Daylight Atheism has now been up and running for several days, and I'm extremely pleased with the response so far. Already the site logs show over 1500 hits, representing over 250 unique visitors, and there have been some excellent comments and discussion. My humble thanks to everyone who's read and contributed so far - I'm more grateful than I can say for your support and your praise, and I will strive not to disappoint.

I already have a considerable backlog of entries written and ready to be posted, and a much larger list of subjects to cover in due time, so there should be no shortage of updates any time soon. Tomorrow there'll be a new post from the next category, the Rotunda, followed the day after by the final category, the Garden. After that, I'll begin adding to the various categories more or less randomly, depending on where the mood takes me and what current events may occur. Astute readers may already have noticed that I've volunteered to host the 45th edition of the Carnival of the Godless in July, so I'm committed to writing for this blog for at least that long - but if it continues to go this well, I'll definitely be at it much longer! I intend to contribute to other carnivals as well, both by writing and by hosting, in due time.

The single greatest advantage blogging has over an ordinary website is the opportunity for virtually instant reader feedback, and I greatly appreciate all who've contributed to that so far. Your responses are my lifeblood, and if you feel any inclination to send me your thoughts, your suggestions, your praise, your wild praise, your ecstatic praise, or (if you must) a criticism, by all means, leave a comment or two. I promise not to let it go to my head, or if it does go to my head, I promise to obtain and wear a large, funny hat and declare myself a new prophet. If you can't be rational, at least be irrational in amusing ways - that's my motto.

While we're on the subject of comments, several people have told me that they've been having difficulty with the captcha test (the security-code image). I tweaked it early on to make it more forgiving, but there may still be bugs to iron out. If you're having difficulty, e-mail me and let me know in as much detail as you can what the problem is, and I'll see what I can do about it.

If you'd prefer not to deal with the captcha, you can bypass it altogether: at the bottom of each post, there's a "Register to comment" link. Click on it, enter your preferred username and an e-mail address, and a password will be mailed to you. (This information never goes anywhere but to my site, and I of course will never sell or give it to anyone, so there's no need to worry about spam.) Alternatively, you can e-mail me at ebonmusings@gmail.com with the nickname and password you'd prefer, and I'll set up your user account myself. Either way, when you return to the site, you can use the link at the bottom of each post to log in and leave comments through your account, which won't need the security code.

In conclusion, thank you all once again. Judging by some of the initial feedback, I think many of my readers perceive the same need as I did, for someone to speak out boldly in favor of atheism and against the religious right, and I will aid this worthy cause in whatever way I can. Stay tuned - we have not yet begun to fight!



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