When I got our website hosting bill this month, I was a little surprised. Our current plan will accommodate up to 100,000 visitors a month, but we were charged nearly double the usual amount.
When I looked at our stats, I saw why: we had 178,577 people visit 1P5 during the past 30 days. To put that in context, Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the United States. It can hold up to 115,000 people. This is what that looks like:
Now add another 63,000 people. To do that, let’s tack on University of Phoenix Stadium, which looks like this:
That’s pretty incredible.
In fact, in just the past 90 days we’ve served up over 1.1 million pages of content to over 400,000 visitors. We are reaching a lot of people in our mission to rebuild Catholic culture and restore Catholic tradition.
But there’s one big problem.
Think of all those people. We’re at almost double our normal traffic, but we’ve only hit a third of our fundraising goal for the month.
We are incredibly grateful to our existing donors. We can’t do it without you. We pray for you and have masses said for you and your intentions.
If you haven’t yet donated, would you consider joining the ranks of these incredible and generous people? Will you make a tax-deductible contribution today?
If every visitor in the past thirty days donated just five dollars, we’d be funded for the foreseeable future. As we move towards the Synod this October, we need to be on top of our game. We need to be focused on providing the content and analysis that Catholics need to make sense of what is going on.
Please help us accomplish our mission. Please help us defend our Catholic Faith.
Steve Skojec is the Founding Publisher and Executive Director of OnePeterFive.com. He received his BA in Communications and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2001. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Crisis Magazine, EWTN, Huffington Post Live, The Fox News Channel, Foreign Policy, and the BBC. Steve and his wife Jamie have seven children.