Two Requests for My Readers

by Luke Muehlhauser on April 17, 2010 in News

owl pleaseI work very hard to make this blog an excellent resource for my readers. I’ve uploaded hundreds of articles, compiled useful bibliographies, summarized philosophy papers, spent hundreds of hours interviewing and editing episodes of my podcast, and more. This site has grown into one of the most popular atheism sites on the web, and I still haven’t put up a single advertisement.

Many of you love the hard work I’ve put into this site, and I always appreciate it when you comment or email me to tell me so.

But you may be wondering: What can I do to help out?

Two things.

First: When you really like an article, click the ‘Share’ button and send it to a social site – especially StumbleUpon, Reddit/atheism, or Facebook. Link to my site from your own blog; many people haven’t edited their sidebar links since they created their blog, and so they aren’t linking here even though this is one of their favorite sites! Right now, I get a huge proportion of my traffic directly or from Google and not so much from other people linking to me.

If you wish more atheists were as thoughtful, sympathetic, fair, and correctable as I am, then do what you can to make this site more popular. What if people associated ‘atheism’ a bit more with “Rationality is Rare, for Believers and Atheists Alike“, and a bit less with “Religious People: You are idiots and I hate you“?

Second: A great many of my readers are graduate or undergraduate students, and you take courses with philosophers, scientists, and historians I would love to interview for my podcast. If your professor works in some field of religious studies or moral philosophy, please mention my show to them and tell your professor you would love to see them interviewed. This will make them more likely to accept my invitation when I contact them. If you tell your professor about my show, please tell me about it.

Many thanks to all of you.

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Mark April 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Just a question that I didn’t know where else to ask. You tend to release episodes of CPBD in rapid succession; have you considered slowing down to a standardized once per week? It might be easier to retain more casual listeners that way if you should run up against a dry spell.

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lukeprog April 17, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Mark,

Actually, just this week I have slowed to one podcast a week, yes. :) Not because I can’t get enough good guests, but because I don’t have time to edit all the interviews!

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Bill Maher April 18, 2010 at 5:47 am

One of my history professors is an ancient near east historian that is fluent in ancient languages and holds degrees in biblical studies and theology. he wrote his thesis on human sacrifice and does a ton of human rights work. would you be interested in interviewing him?

I am sure he would be glad

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