Happy Birthday To Us!

On August 1 2005, the very first blog post appeared on kouyanet. Ten years is a long life for a blog, but in one crucial way, we’ve been a failure!

Ten years ago, on the first of August 2005, I wrote my first post in the new “blog” section of our family website.

Welcome to this new section of the Kouya Chronicle. The idea of this ‘blog’ is that it should be easier to update our family news and photographs. It will be interesting to see if it works. I’ll also try and use this as a place to put some more profound thoughts and ideas, but they will have to wait until I have any.

In the intervening years, we have published 2,390 posts and had 5,615 comments. Rather surprisingly, the most popular post has virtually nothing to do with mission or theology.

Though I say it myself, that’s quite an achievement. There aren’t a lot of blogs that keep going for ten years. Lots of high profile blogs have come and gone in that time, meanwhile, we keep plodding on, poking the missionary movement and asking difficult questions. It’s a testimony to the kind people who read kouyanet and who recommend our posts that we regularly figure in or around the top twenty religious blogs in the UK – that’s not bad when you consider that we aren’t exactly high profile or famous.

However, self backslapping apart, in a fundamental way, kouyanet is actually a failure. The original purpose was to find an easier way to put family news online and to stay in contact with our supporters. Somewhere along the line, the family news and photographs aspect of our site fell out of focus and we started to concentrate on the ‘profound thoughts’ angle.

However, people seem to appreciate what we are doing and I quite enjoy writing this sort of thing (though it is a bit of a strain trying to come up with something new and profound every working day). However, this does seem a good time to remind readers that we don’t receive a salary for our work and we are dependant on the goodwill of our churches, supporters and friends to carry on our work in Bible translation, mission support and writing a blog. If you’d like to make a contribution to keeping us in the manner to which we’d like to become accustomed, there are some suggestions here. Even if you aren’t able to support us, we’d love to keep you updated with what we are doing; you can sign up for our regular email news on this page.

Ten years ago, I fully expected that we would be back in Africa by now, working to support Bible translation in some fashion. I didn’t think that I’d have spent most of the intervening time as CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators or that I’d be working with Global Connections. Sue has carried on working in Madagascar, doing a great job as a translation consultant. I wouldn’t like to predict what will happen in the next ten years; perhaps we’ll still be blogging.

This post is more than a year old. It is quite possible that any links to other websites, pictures or media content will no longer be valid. Things change on the web and it is impossible for us to keep up to date with everything.

4 replies on “Happy Birthday To Us!”

I checked out that most popular post — I can see why it’s popular — and then I clicked on the links there to (other) family blogs. Is it just my browsers and connection, or are those now dead links? 😐

I suspect they are dead links – demonstrating the difficulty of keeping a blog going. I must admit that I don’t have the time or energy to check all of the links in past posts.

Eddie, you certainly have better things to do than to check for dead links on old blog posts, however popular they may be!
The fact that the links in that popular post, links which should lead readers to family blogs of potential interest, are dead is surely apposite.

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