Our one-year anniversary has quietly come and gone. I didn't make a big deal about it. Perhaps I should have done so. When I set out to develop LoveToBeCatholic in January 2007, I had no idea what to expect. Would Catholics embrace the concept of user generated video? Would people be inspired by what they see? Will the people use this medium to express themselves spiritually and will Catholics post their stories to inspire others? Will this idea of evangelizing via new media take off? After a year of plugging away, the answer to those questions are an emphatic yes, yes, and yes.
We are still in our infancy and continue to grow and build credibility. New members sign up each day and our video library is rapidly expanding. The Catholic media has noticed and a few bloggers as well. We still have much work to do. The potential for LoveToBeCatholic is endless. My limitations are time and resources. Yet there is no shortage of spirit, drive, hope, and enthusiasm. Every time a new member signs up or a new video is uploaded, it is a lift that encourages me to drive harder to succeed.
One thing is for sure, since launching we have impacted a lot of lives, generated some good buzz, and grown into an important worldwide source for on line Catholic video. We are a global community, with members from around the world including Australia, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, South Africa, Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, just to name a few countries. We have thousands of members and almost 2,000 videos. All these videos are uploaded by members for the Catholic community.
It has been a terrific and exciting first year. I hope that everyone continues to enjoy the web site and participates by uploading and sharing videos. Please encourage your friends and family to join LoveToBeCatholic.com. After all, we are the first Catholic user generated video web site. Since launching there have been numerous others who have copied our idea. We welcome them as the more Catholic content on the web the better. LoveToBeCatholic remains the original and we will continue to make it the premium source for Catholic video.
You are the stars, the community, the heart and soul of LoveToBeCatholic. Thanks to you, it is a place to find Catholic spiritual enrichment, any time, 24/7.
Thanks to everyone for your support and inspiration. I look to great things for many more years to come.