The stats are in!
The highest rated post on JOYAlive.net for 2017 with 462 views was From Atheist to Happy Catholic, the dramatic conversion story of Julie Davis. Congratulations, Julie!
Later in the year, I interviewed Julie about her new book, Seeking Jesus. That interview was published on CatholicStand.com and CatholicMom.com.
Everyone loves conversion and renewal stories we collect. Of the 200 posts published, the most popular were conversion stories, with the Joy Stories page getting the most hits per page: 251.
Stories we featured by our contributors included:
John Chomistek, Finding Jesus in My Life
Julie Davis, From Atheist to Happy Catholic
Kevin Luskus, No Turning Back
Virginia Pillars, Broken Brain, Fortified Faith
Christine Roe, Your true north
Greg Wasinski, Finding Jesus in the Eucharist
Almost as popular were my posts about evangelization such as
- The Gift of Conversion
- God’s Partners
- How (and Why) to Give Your Testimony
- How to be a Bridge to Catholicism
- Mary leads us to the secret of Evangelization
- Me? An Evangelist?
- Why am I a Catholic Writer?
Fr. Bob Hilz contributed 52 weeks of Friars Corner, our weekend feature.
Amy Welborn gave us a Lent series selected from her book, Reconciled to God, Daily Lenten Devotions (Creative Communications for the Parish)
Books and Authors
Book Reviews and Author Interviews remain in demand:
Four posts on the launching of The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion and posts about awards it won totaled 205 views.
Featured books and authors interviewed:
All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters, by Pat Gohn
Seeking Jesus: An Interview with Julie Davis, mentioned above
Strange Gods by Elizabeth Scalia
Time for God by Fr. Jacques Philippe
True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life by Lisa Mladinich
In 2017 we published 12 posts in CatholicMom.com, 13 in CatholicWritersGuild.com, one in CatholicStand.com, 12 in NewEvangelizers.com, 3 in NancyHCWard.com, and one in SpiritualDirection.com
In April, we launched a speaker website, NancyHCWard.com to highlight Nancy’s Evangelization Workshops.
In June, we celebrated five years of JOYAlive.net.
JOYAlive.net increased viewers from 12, 517 last year to 13,040 and they come from 98 countries.
Contribute your story
Plans for 2018 include more of what you our readers indicate you want. More posts on evangelization, more conversion and renewal stories to warm your heart, more book reviews and author interviews to keep you reading the best Catholic books.
If you have a conversion story or a renewal story to share, please see the Joy Stories page for links to all the stories, followed by specific directions in how to submit your story. Perhaps next December, we’ll be celebrating the publication of the unique story of how God has changed your life. For more information, contact: email@example.com/