About two years ago, SharperIron started as a blog and forum for fundamentalists. I had just finished the Young Fundamentalists Survey and wanted a place to discuss the findings. I wanted to start a blog. Our webmaster, Brad Waite, wanted a forum. Out of that discussion/argument came the blog and forum concept. I remember wanting to name the site Iron2Iron. The other guys all voted for SharperIron. Those were the early days. We’ve learned a lot over two years, and, in spite of many failures, we are continuing to endeavor to keep a site for Christian fundamentalists to discuss news and ideas.
For the last three months, I have struggled with the knowledge that the site could not stay the same. In the early days, when Phil Johnson sent us his manuscript for Dead Right, we had over 500 visitors that day, and we thought we had reached the world! Now we have grown to several thousand members and record about 30,000 unique visitors a month. On any given day, we will see 200 to 300 new posts. With that level of traffic and interaction, the issues on the site began to multiply. I have seen many sites reach a certain size, and they come to the same crossroads. Get serious or get out! I have seen several shut down, handed over, or abandoned. Some of the abandoned sites are an absolute disaster and should be closed.
Several times over the last year, I have considered dissolving SI or handing it over to someone else. At times, I get discouraged at the high price that has to be paid in order to have this ministry. To tell you the truth, my wife has been the one who has threatened me (ever so kindly) not to give it up.
I knew that in order to have a site that endeavored to honor Christian principles and churned out quality discussion, it would take some additional effort to take it from Chapter One to Chapter Two. As I was wrestling with this decision, Greg Linscott, my friend and co-laborer, chose to step away after working tirelessly on SI since its inception. I love Greg and appreciate all he did to make SI what it was. I had already committed to work to move it to Chapter Two; now I had to do it without my right arm! Thankfully, I was approaching the holiday season and had several days off to work on the plan.
Part of the plan involves policy. This week, we will unveil the Comment Policy that all posters will have to abide by. Next week, we will introduce a much larger team of moderators to help enforce the new policy.
Part of the plan involves leadership. We now have an Executive Team that will help steer the ship and make the site run, and I want to introduce them to you. Read more about Introducing the Executive Team