(April 10, 2011)
It has been over seven months since MoralHeroes.org began and we are excited to see it continue to grow and develop as more of our great readers are sharing the stories on the site and e-mailing in ideas for upcoming heroes!
First off, I want to say thank you to the core followers who come back time and time again. Though the people featured on this website are inspirational, I am more inspired by the large number of you who (like me) can’t get enough inspiration. We all want to make this world a better place and the stories of those who walked before are a great place for starting our own journeys.
A quick update on the last seven months, from the beginning to now.
September 10th, 2010 this blog began after I was inspired by a speech by Barry Schwartz titled “On Our Loss of Wisdom.” MoralHeroes began as a way to retell the stories of the wise men, women and youth who have lived before us and made a positive impact on the world. I wanted to highlight great stories (especially those that have gotten lost in the shuffle) and along the way I have found others who are doing the same. Two great examples are Chad Ellsworth at BuildingHeroes who collects stories and promotes heroic ideals and Matt Langdon over at The Hero Construction Company who not only retells stories but also visits schools to teach the youth about small steps they can take to improve their world and the people around them.
On Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr readers and followers are sharing the inspiring stories around the world. We can’t thank you enough! Since September 10, 2010 we have had 56,376 page views from over 32,293 visitors in 126 countries. Thousands have come back multiple times to check out stories as they are written. As of today, the most popular stories we have collected are Jose Rizal, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thomas Jefferson. But, we have many stories that are moving up in the ranks and perhaps 7 months from now we will have a new top 3.
This past month something really significant has happened in my life (if you’ve noticed that the weekly Monday posts have been somewhat disrupted). I married Christa, my beautiful, wonderful and intelligent wife who has been so gracious to lend her superior editing skills from time to time in the past. (I got lucky. She’s a credentialed English and Humanities teacher!) She will actually be helping with the editing and writing process a lot more from here on out and I am so thankful to have her on board.
So that is our little update for the past few months. I can’t wait to see what happens in the future as we retell more stories and implement new elements to the website. I hope you all stick around, read more stories and share them everywhere! The world needs more heroes from people like you!