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Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Meet your fellow Philocritics.

In spite of my two-week hiatus in August, traffic — and new links! — kept on coming. Thanks this month to new links from United Church of Christ seminarian Chuck Currie (whom I'm embarrassed to have discovered only recently), Social Gospel Today ("Dedicated to providing a social gospel perspective on political, ethical, and spiritual issues" — a noble calling), and Becca's I'm Smiling 'Cause I'm Scared As Hell (what can I say?!).

But now for the fun part. I think it's time to find out a little bit about regular and semi-regular readers of this site:



Yes, that's right. It's the first in a series of occasional polls to help me and you learn a bit more about the community of Philocritics. If you'd like, you can also answer the following questions in the comments. (Because I'm more interested in your answers than in robbing you of the cloak of readerly anonymity, you don't need to leave a full name or a real e-mail address in answering the question. Use a first name or initials, and the same name @ philocritics.com for the e-mail address.)

Questions: How old are you? Are you an active participant in a religious group? And what's your gender? (Bonus question: Have you ever met Philocrites in person?)

Finally, the monthly site statistics report: 3,801 unique visitors, 11,827 visits (a record). Meanwhile, over at Coffee Hour, the new Unitarian Universalist group blog hosted on this site, traffic has really surged. Thanks in part to a mention in Beliefnet's "Best Spiritual Blogs" article, unique visitors at Coffee Hour jumped from 484 in July to 852 in August.

And the first quarter of my very modest alliance with Google's Adsense program and Amazon's Associates program has generated a modest but much appreciated income. It costs you nothing, but whenever you click one of the small Google ads or buy something from Amazon after clicking over to amazon.com from this site, I make a few pennies. (Approximately $0.33 a day, actually.) The revenue will pay for the cost of this site this year. Thanks to all of you for your visits.

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 1 September 2004 at 8:27 AM

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23 comments:

Jeff Wilson:

September 1, 2004 09:22 AM | Permalink for this comment

Age: 29
Participation: I'm a grad student (in Religious Studies), I barely have active participation in my own life at all any more! My official affiliations are UU and Buddhist, however.
Gender: male
Met Philocrites: nope

Stentor:

September 1, 2004 10:04 AM | Permalink for this comment

Age: 24
Participation: I've been irregularly attending our local Methodist church because it's too long of a hike to get to the Unitarian one.
Gender: Male
Met: No, but it's not out of the question for the future, since we're both Massachussites.

Dwight:

September 1, 2004 10:07 AM | Permalink for this comment

Age: 32
Participation: grad student in philosophy, board member and active with a mainline campus ministry in southern illinois. Also have been known to frequent the local Disciples congregation in town.
Gender: M
Never met Philocrites, but the site is a daily read for me
Side goal: Kerry's election (though I suspect that MA and IL will go in his column)

Kenneth Sutton:

September 1, 2004 10:07 AM | Permalink for this comment

age: 45
religious participation: yes, very. Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)
gender (and sex, btw): male
met Philocrites: yes. *And* Mrs. Philocrites

RevThom:

September 1, 2004 10:22 AM | Permalink for this comment

Age?: 27
Religious Affiliation?: Unitarian Universalist (I am a UU minister in Kansas City)
Gender?: male
met Philocrites?: I first met Philocrites at a breakfast diner in Salt Lake City in 1999.

James Field:

September 1, 2004 04:12 PM | Permalink for this comment

I'm male, 35, a second year M.Div student at Starr King School for the Ministry, a member of the UU Chuch of the Larger Fellowship and a friend of the Unitarian Universalist Community of Lake County. I have yet to meet Philocrites, but maybe next year in Ft. Worth.

Joe Stone:

September 1, 2004 04:13 PM | Permalink for this comment

Age 35
Participation: I'm a member of Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Co. Finishing my BA in Religious Studies at Regis University in Denver and will begin work on MDiv in the next 2 years. Frequent reader, infrequent contributor.
Gender: Male
Met Philocrites: No but would love to when I come out to visit the Harvard Campus this fall.

Liz:

September 1, 2004 05:51 PM | Permalink for this comment

Age: 27
Participation: None, maybe some day I'll give it a go again, though not in the church I was raised in (Catholic)
Gender: F
Met "Phil": Nope

Catherine:

September 1, 2004 07:27 PM | Permalink for this comment

Age: 27
Participation: UU religious professional (Director of Religious Education)
Gender: F
Met Philocrites: I think so, though I didn't figure that out until some time after I'd stumbled upon the blog. Nice conversation over a quick meal in the GA exhibit hall this year about implications of and how to account for relative growth/decline of church membership & RE enrollment. (Hi again)

Brian Duffin:

September 1, 2004 07:48 PM | Permalink for this comment

Age: 33
Religious Affiliation: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (a.k.a.- Mormon Church)
Sex: M
Met Philocrites: Yes. We both attended Orem High School in Orem, Utah. In fact, we even attended the same middle school- Canyon View.

TransparentEye:

September 1, 2004 09:04 PM | Permalink for this comment

Age:45
Participation: UU, Unity, and Jewish.
Gender: M
Met: Yes

Sibeal:

September 1, 2004 09:38 PM | Permalink for this comment

Age: 30
Religious Affiliation: United Methodist
Sex: F
Met Philocrites:No

I read you through Bloglines; found your site through the Beliefnet article and am enjoying it very much.

Joe G.:

September 2, 2004 12:00 AM | Permalink for this comment

Age: 45
Religious Affiliation: Religious Society of Friends
Sex: M
Met Philocrites: Unlike the other 45 yo Quaker, no I've never met Phil. or Mrs. Phil. :)

Barbara Preuninger:

September 2, 2004 07:30 AM | Permalink for this comment

Age: 29
Religious Affiliation: UU (Buxmont UU Fellowship in PA)
Sex: F
Met Philocrities: No, read about the web site in UU World and starting coming here a few months ago

Lynn:

September 2, 2004 09:21 AM | Permalink for this comment

Age:49
Religious Affiliation: UU (DuPage UU, Naperville, IL) and also active online doing UUA volunteer stuff.

Met Philocrities? Oddly enough, I don't know. In some ways I find this an odd question with people who've been around online in the online circles I frequent.

Have we ever met at GA? I've known P (and Jeff) online forever, long before blogs (almost before the Web) on UU email lists.

I only really got halfway organized about blogs a few months ago, although my daughter has had a livejournal for years and I'd sometimes drop in on particular ones. And the first blog I started reading was Teresa Nielsen Hayden's Making Light and Patrick's Electrolite. Which linked to here and a "I know him!"

Paul S Sawyer:

September 2, 2004 09:03 PM | Permalink for this comment

Age: 37

Religious participation: An active UU Seminarian, finished my second year at Harvard Divinity School, doing my internship this year, full-time.

Gender: M

Met Philocrites: many times--and (so far) always end up better for the meeting.

Steve Caldwell:

September 3, 2004 12:00 AM | Permalink for this comment

How old are you? -- Currently 44 (turning 45 in 6 1/2 weeks)

Are you an active participant in a religious group? -- Yes ...

All Souls UU Church of Shreveport LA (webmaster, youth group advisor, Lifespan Our Whole Lives Facilitator, religious education teacher and RE Committee member)

Southwest District (District Board member, District Youth-Adult Committee member)

Wider Continental UU Community (LREDA member, Interweave member, UUPA member, Lifespan Our Whole Lives Trainer)

And what's your gender? -- Male

Bonus question: Have you ever met Philocrites in person? -- No ... although I probably will meet him in 2005 when GA is in Ft. Worth.

Eric Posa:

September 5, 2004 04:43 PM | Permalink for this comment

How old are you?
32
Are you an active participant in a religious group?
In my last year of seminary; part-time student minister for UU church in east Texas
And what's your gender?
Male
Bonus question: Have you ever met Philocrites in person?
We were roommates at a General Assembly when Philocrites was in The Divinity School; met a couple other times for good conversations.

Anna:

September 5, 2004 05:13 PM | Permalink for this comment

29 y.o. female, active in both UU and Episcopal churches, haven't met you (but don't have anything against the idea)

Philocrites:

September 5, 2004 09:30 PM | Permalink for this comment

I'm delighted to have you all aboard! I'm tempted to name those of you who have taken the poll so far "The Choir," but I suspect that a throng of disagreers is out there, too. Somewhere.

Oh, yes! My answers: I'm 33, male (with bright red hair, goatee, and glasses, which may help you recall whether we've met at GA, Lynn), attends Unitarian churches in Boston and Concord, Mass., as well as my wife's Episcopal church. It's wonderful to know so many of you off-line, too!

Scott Wells:

September 6, 2004 09:27 AM | Permalink for this comment

35, male, a frequent attender at neighborhood chuches (principly the Swedenborgian one), and not only have I met Philocrites and Mrs. P, but three or four others in this roll-call.

Mechaieh:

September 6, 2004 01:21 PM | Permalink for this comment

Age: 34
Participation: worship - UU and Jewish. employment - Episcopalian.
Gender: female
Met Philocrites: yes - GA '03.

I'm tempted to name those of you who have taken the poll so far "The Choir," but I suspect that a throng of disagreers is out there, too.

Oh, some of us are likely singing very different words to the same melodies. Or the same words with weird harmonies. ;-)

tom schade:

September 6, 2004 08:00 PM | Permalink for this comment

55, an active UU minister, and I have been under the Philocritical spell more than once.



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