June has been a pretty important month for this Via Lucis blog. First off, we have now received over 500,000 visitors in this, our tenth year. Now I know that many blogs and sites get more than that in a day, but there are not talking about medieval art and architecture. When we first started this blog, we had no idea what kind of reception we would get. Now, 750 posts later (this is our 750th), articles from nine guest authors (including 26 from Jong-Soung Kimm), several thousand photographs, 8000 of the most interesting comments, thousands of followers on various social media sites, and sixteen podcasts, we see that it has been quite a ride.
PJ and I are preparing to go to Europe again in September to resume our photography after my health recovery and we will add to the 900 churches and cathedrals that we have documented since 2007. We had six exhibitions last year, six more this year and who knows what lies in the future? We have enjoyed the podcasting so much that we are going to continue while we are on the road this fall. We are actually going to try to record in some of the churches that we photograph.
We thank you all for your kindness, encouragement, and participation in our great Via Lucis adventure. You, our readers, come from 210 different countries (including one lonely visitor from Togo) and have translated some of our articles into French and Italian. The conversations with you that we have had on this site has led us to visit several of you in person and we have made valued friendships with others who we have never met but who correspond regularly.
So, PJ and I send our thanks. You have enriched our lives and our work, and we will be forever grateful.