This is just a quick announcement that ERI Speaker/Writer Rachel Crawford has been added as a moderator to our blog comments, and she will be the primary moderator for the time being. The other two moderators are Josh and Timothy Brahm.
You can always read our comments policy by clicking on the link at the bottom of the blog. We have a more rigid comments policy than some other sites because our goal is to host interesting conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people. We believe this simple comments policy will facilitate this.
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.
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.