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Tim, Rachel, and I sat down to share some of our favorite stories from the people we talked to at the 2018 Students for Life East Coast Conference. We walked away from that conference glowing, excitedly telling each other stories, because that was one of the most encouraging days we had experienced at ERI. We decided that you should have a chance to listen in on those stories, especially if you’re a financial supporter that made this work, and the amazing results we witnessed, possible.
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I found the top 5 articles by checking the Google Analytics for the ERI blog, instead of complicating the process by incorporating stats from LifeNews.com, where many of our articles are later republished. I based the podcast stats by combining each episode’s Libsyn stats (pushes the podcast episodes to iTunes) with the YouTube stats from the same episode, which is the only other place to listen to these podcast episodes. I only counted the stats from our public podcast, as opposed to the Equipped for Life Course Podcast.
Our blog received 66,621 unique pageviews from more than 39,191 unique people this year. That’s a 57% increase in pageviews from last year!
While we started our Equipped for Life Podcast as a part of our course last August, we decided to start a second podcast that’s open to the public this year. We use the course podcast for longform roundtable discussions, and we post weekly “audio blogs” (articles read by the author), monthly ERI updates and live speech and Q&A audio in the public podcast. Since launching the public podcast, we’ve had 12,725 downloads. We’ll be able to start tracking growth next year.
On to the lists!
The Five Most Read New Articles This Year:
#5: Pro-Lifers Aren’t “Forcing” Women to Stay Pregnant
This is a great piece that Tim wrote this year that shows how a common pro-choice phrase is very rhetorically powerful yet deceptive (whether it’s purposeful or not).
This is post is to catch you up on the most exciting developments at Equal Rights Institute, where we’re headed next year, and how I’d like you to prayerfully consider partnering with us financially.
Here are some of the highlights from 2017:
One of Josh Brahm’s two keynote sessions at the 2017 Students for Life DC Conference.
We gave 25 speeches to about 4,000 people. That’s more than twice the number of people we spoke to in the previous year, and Tim and I gave these speeches in California, Washington State, Oregon, Arizona, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, and Washington DC! The most encouraging part about giving these talks is the opportunity to meet people who have already benefitted from our work. It’s also great to hear the kinds of things people say who’ve just heard us for the first time. It’s not so much, “you’re a good speaker” but more often comments like “I can’t wait to use that argument with the next pro-choice person I talk to” or “I’ve never thought of nurturing friendships with pro-choice people before, and I’m already thinking of people that I could start doing this with tomorrow!” It’s incredibly meaningful when the impact we have on people is for them to change their lives and become more gracious and persuasive.
Last month marked the three-year anniversary of the launch of Equal Rights Institute. It’s been a fantastic year.
We spoke to 4,250 people in 34 speeches and one all-day seminar. (We rarely do seminars now that the course is out. Now we encourage groups to get the course and then consider flying one of us out for Q&A and roleplay exercises.)
We also published 13 new articles to our blog, which were read by 27,791 people, mainly visiting our site from America, Russia, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and Australia!
To put those numbers in perspective, we gave about twice as many speeches and spoke to about twice as many people as we had the year before, while we cut our article publishing in more than half while finishing course production and moving. Thanks to our growth in other areas, our blog traffic per article has grown since the last year, so we didn’t see very much of a dip in blog traffic at all.
Here are a few of my favorite memories from the last year:
Releasing the Equipped for Life Course after six months of shooting, editing, and website building.
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Josh Brahm gives an update on the main things that have been going on at ERI in the last month.
Josh Brahm at Atlanta Homeschool Conference
Timothy Brahm speaking at the C.S. Lewis Institute.