So, in 2015, nearly four years ago, BioLogos launched their forum. In their 2015 annual report, I found this text:
In early 2015, we launched a new “open discussion” platform using the Discourse software. By late 2015, the number of subscribers on the “BioLogos Forum” had increased to 600, with an average of 50-75 comments per day, on an average of 6-10 threads
After 1 year in, they had 600 users, 50-75 comments per day, and 6-10 threads per day. How does that compare with us right now? Right now, we are about 4 months in. We have 142 users, about 200 post per day, and about 5-15 topics per day. It seems that we are already far more active than BioLogos their first year, even though we are smaller.
And then also…
BioLogos is the only origins-focused organization that openly welcomes people with all perspectives to dialogue about faith and science.
Notably, BioLogos launched 4 years ago, without any competition. With constant growth, we should expect about 450 users after 12 months have passed. Now, also, it seems that they are not the only origins-focused forum.
I looked at BioLogos. But I never had the inclination to join. The discussion seemed too oriented toward theology for my liking. Here, at Peaceful Science, there is more of a science orientation and a better balance between science and theology.
Continuing this benchmarks, it looks like the last three months have been interesting. Take a look a these pageview stats:
Peaceful Science Forum
Since July, just two months after we started, we’ve grown past BioLogos. Right now, we appear to be getting about 4x more engagement than them right now, and we haven’t even hit our 6 month mark yet. About 30% of our traffic is organic, which means we are doing really well with search engines. This is likely because we are building very strong content, and also getting good engagement from other organizations.
We are still growing. I do not think we have hit our ceiling yet. Remember, this is all pre-publication of my book, without any staff. We should expect things to continue this way for a while, though there certainly might be some dips along the way.