by Daniel A. Kaufman
The Electric Agora launched in 2015 and by that year’s end had been read by 6,270 people, some 33,721 times. This struck me as quite a lot, given that we never advertised or marketed the site in any way, other than sustaining Twitter and Facebook accounts, where we we promote our latest articles, and a handful of small ads on Leiter Reports here and there.
This year, The Electric Agora has been read by over 95,000 readers, some 257,000-plus times! Obviously, this is really quite a lot. Indeed, it strikes me as rather astonishing.
I do this because I enjoy it, and as I transition into retirement and leave academic work largely behind (I’m still accepting the occasional invited conference paper or book chapter), will become my primary, full-time endeavor, something I am looking forward to!
I want to thank all of EA’s contributors for making this digital magazine the thing it is. More than anything, it is their very different areas of interest and expertise, not to mention their distinctive voices and styles, that have made EA the success it is.
I also want to thank our regular readers and commenters. Ultimately, the point of writing is to be read and stimulated and discussed, and I could not ask for a better audience.
Moving forward, as already mentioned, EA will be adding a fiction “wing” to its already existing offerings. The idea initially came when I realized that I had written an entire novel and a novella, but that I could publish neither through traditional publishing outlets, due to their subject matter and the current zeitgeist. Rather than let them die on my computer, I thought I might self-publish instead. EA’s current readership, after all, is larger in size than that of many established novelists, publishing on major trade presses. But then I thought, why not open up this part of the magazine to submissions just like all the others? So that is exactly what we are going to do. We also may have a new contributor coming on board, whose specialty is German poetry, so stay tuned!
The next few years promise to be exciting ones for The Electric Agora, and I look forward to spending them with all of you!!! Much love to you all, and Happy New Year!