Was 2015 a TERRIBLE year for internet atheism? If you are a militant, internet atheist, should you be depressed?
Given the sparsity of atheist churches and atheist conferences/mettings compared to Christtendom, the internet is the place where atheists continue to gather.
So how is internet atheism/agnosticism doing?
The numbers are in and 2015 was a TERRIBLE year for internet atheism and agnosticism.
1. Alexa ranking of Freethoughtblogs.com
2. Alexa ranking for Richarddawkins.net
3. Alexa ranking of Rationalwiki.org
4, Alexa ranking of Infidels.org
Global rank 221,198 Downgrade in ranking 31,858
5. Alexa ranking of Atheist Empire website
2,662,600 Downgrade in ranking 673,000
6. Alexa ranking of Atheist Revolution website
How is this site ranked relative to other sites?
7. Google trends: The keyword "atheism"
8. Google trends: The keyword "atheist"
9. Google trends: Various prominent atheism related terms
10. Google trends: Searches for the term Freethinker
Welcome to the 21st century atheists. A century of desecularization! For more information, please read the article Desecularization
What's the problem internet atheists? Cat got your tongue?
Internet atheists, are you creating less web content? Finding it hard to write something interesting on atheism because it is a very boring topic? See: Atheism is uninspiring Are you dispirited and unmotivated? Cat got your tongue perhaps?
Or you are still busy beavers spewing forth the same amount of web content, but fewer people in the world are interested in your atheist tripe? See: Unattractiveness of atheism
I think the best explanation is that atheists are dispirited and fewer people want to read atheist web content.
Worldwide, the march of religion can probably only be reversed by a renewed, self-aware secularism. Today, it appears exhausted and lacking in confidence... Secularism's greatest triumphs owe less to science than to popular social movements like nationalism, socialism and 1960s anarchist-liberalism. Ironically, secularism's demographic deficit means that it will probably only succeed in the twenty-first century if it can create a secular form of 'religious' enthusiasm." - the agnostic professor Eric Kaufmann, Birbeck College, University of London, UK, 2010
One thing for certain. The internet is not going to save global atheism from desecularization in the 21st century.