I’ve been working on a new project for the past few months. It’s something I’ve wanted to do forever and it has come about rather organically. Now I want to let it loose in the world.
I’ve always wanted to make a Christian news aggregator. (Yes, for REAL news). Like the Drudge Report, but for Christians. It’s been one of those ideas I’ve had for years and that has just never let go of me — just like The Babylon Bee was.
As long as I’ve had a computer in front of me I’ve been a bit of a news junkie, but running the Bee for the past 2-ish years has made it necessary for me to keep an extra-close eye on the news — all day, every day — since we write about current events all the time. So the idea, naturally, kept growing.
A few months ago I thought, hey, I’ll throw together a super-basic HTML web page, and as I read the news every day I’ll start dropping links in there that I think are interesting or important for Christians to know about. Politics, abortion, church culture, religious liberty, “totalitolerance,” Christian/conservative censorship, “sexual revolution” madness, the increasingly Orwellian power social media and tech giants have, random things I find interesting — these topics and much more are covered on the site.
My new website is called the Christian Daily Reporter.
Like Drudge, it’s a simple, static web page with nothing but links. No fluff, no trends, no bells or whistles.
And no social media. I’ll tell you why.
One thing I’ve grown increasingly concerned about in the past year or two is the enormous power we have given tech giants like Facebook and Google. Power not just over referral traffic and website monetization (which, after running two highly trafficked websites, I can attest is monumental), but the power to control information and shape society, especially as they continue to gobble up the internet while growing more and more hostile to the Christian worldview. They have a choke-hold on the flow of information on the internet. For this and other reasons, CDR is not on any social media channel and never will be. It’s completely Facebook, Google, Instagram, and Twitter-free. There are no third-party trackers or anything like that. It’s just a static web page containing links, updated by hand. I don’t even use a content management system like WordPress. Zero gatekeepers. Zero apologies. Accountable to no one but God.
(For more on the philosophy behind the site, see the CDR Manifesto.)
The Christian Daily Reporter is intentionally bare-bones and NOT optimized for social or search. Because we don’t want to be beholden to Facebook or Google. And since it’s not on any social media channel, you’ll have to visit the site directly anytime you want to read it. Just like the old days!
You can check it out right here if you’re interested: www.christiandailyreporter.com
I intend, Lord willing, to update it every day, regularly. I hope you’ll visit often. CDR will give you a unique combination of news and content you won’t find anywhere else. I want it to be a place where you, as a Christian, can go at any time and get a quick snapshot of what’s going on in the world that matters to you — things you need to know about.
Is it even possible for a new website to grow a readership without social media? I don’t know. But I believe very strongly in the mission of CDR and I’m hopeful that it could become an important, independent voice on the internet.
I hope the Christian Daily Reporter informs and blesses you. Give it a shot and see what you think. And I would be grateful if you’d pray for my efforts.
P.S. If you’re wondering, the launch of CDR will not affect the Bee at all. The work for these two sites is quite complementary.