Ours is a collective history of multiplied blessings. The very act of developing a faith-based writers' website was probably the best lesson in faith our management team has experienced.
The initial website design seems like a vision too small in retrospect. In 2000, FaithMania.com made its debut on the worldwide web. Christian writers were encouraged to be the driving force of a site designed for and by Christians. The original design was intended for a small cast of writers to showcase their wordsmithing capabilities, while making the site one which visitors wanted to return to time and again.
The downside to the original design was that each article had to be uploaded manually by our staff. As the site began to grow, it was clear there was something bigger at work and if the site grew much larger we wouldn't be able to keep up with submissions. It really was no burden when a few articles needed to be placed on the site, but when dozens of articles began pouring in from the growing stable of writers, it was clear the pressure on the site design had reached critical mass.
As the vision enlarged, so did the plans for a new website that would mirror the growing desire to assist Christian writers in their pursuit of excellence.
Within a year of the launch of FaithMania.com, a new website with a plan for expanded growth was launched. FaithWriters.com provided the architecture to allow automatic author submissions to a comprehensive subject menu. Yet even this advance would not be enough to contain the member-inspired growth of FaithWriters.com.
By the summer of 2002, the writers who had made FaithWriters.com a "home on the web" inspired the launch of a message board that has since seen multiple thousands of posts.
As technology advanced so did the features available to FaithWriters.com members. What began as a site for as many as one hundred members now has tens of thousands of members that are able to gain access to information and encouragement--something many have never experienced before.
Within three years of the launch of what is now known as FaithWriters.com, marketing campaigns were developed and new features added to assist our growing membership. No longer was FaithWriters.com simply a place to have your work read by others. It was becoming a clearinghouse of information and opportunities. Contact information became available for writers seeking to connect with magazine and book publishers. Articles and resources were unveiled that made it possible for writers to grow in their skills and confidence. Private Messaging services were added to allow publishers to target writers with publishing opportunities.
A weekly Writing Challenge was unveiled in 2003, which has resulted in more than a dozen quarterly anthologies filled with roughly 100 original articles in each volume, with many more to come. Many of these authors have gone on to additional publishing success, while some are already established