Welcome to 2013!
New Year's Day is always an interesting one. It's a new chapter, whether we want it to be or not. For some of you, 2012 was a tough year and you couldn't wait for it to be over. For others, 2012 was wonderful, and you wouldn't mind it hanging around a few more months. But time marches on, and 2013 is here.
This New Year's Day also marks a change for the Persecution Blog. After eight years under the direction of Stacy Harp, the blog is coming "in-house" and will be directly managed by VOM's media development staff.
Before talking about what that change means, I want to personally thank Stacy for the GREAT work she has done on the blog. She planted VOM's flag firmly in the blogosphere, and she has worked tirelessly to promote the blog and spread the stories of the persecuted church. The fact that you are reading this is a tribute to her efforts and work. THANK YOU, Stacy, for all that you've done for the persecuted church and for VOM. (Readers can stay connected with Stacy via her company website at Active Christian Media.)
Now, what does this change mean to you, our readers, and to the blog content? I can give you some of those answers now, but not all of them. The blog will continue to evolve in the weeks and months to come as we try new things and see what works and what doesn't. I welcome your comments and ideas via e-mail to media [at] vom-usa.org.
Here are some of the changes you will see:
- Fewer posts. There will be one new post each day, Monday through Friday.
- More writers. You will see the work of more writers as several VOM staff and other writers regularly contribute to the blog. We will encourage writers to take a personal approach, writing from their heart about what God has taught them through their encounters with the persecuted church.
- More "inside" information. One of our goals is to provide blog readers with more information about what is happening at VOM — the stories of persecution we are receiving, the ways the ministry is responding, and other happenings inside our office each week.
- More interaction. We value your comments and feedback on each post, and we are looking at some ways to encourage that.
You'll notice other changes in the weeks and months to come. We will try different ideas, continuing the ones that work and dropping those that don't.
While the new year brings changes to this blog, our goal remains the same: the Persecution Blog will share powerful stories and timely information that invite and inspire Christians into fellowship with the persecuted church around the world.
Thank you for supporting this blog in the past. And thank you for your continued support in 2013 and beyond.
The Voice of the Martyrs – USA