How do I submit to AStB?
Go to the submit box, type up your submission, and then hit submit! We take care of the graphics.
How many people work on AStB?
Two - Brittany and Rosalie =]
How long does it take for submissions to be published?
Our inbox sometimes has over 300 submissions, and we post 3 submissions every day. If you’re number 300, you’ll have to wait quite a long time.
Why don’t you do more than 3 submissions a day?
It takes a while to make all the submissions, tag them, and get them in the queue, and we have limited time to make submissions. Three a day works out well for us. Sorry. :(
Do you accept all submissions?
Not all submissions, but most. Submissions are deleted if
I’ve seen submissions that are similar. Why wasn’t the newer one deleted?
Sometimes, we don’t remember what has already gone through (especially since Rosalie is new to this blog and hasn’t read all the posts!), and sometimes, we go ahead and let submissions through because the one it’s similar to was posted a long time ago.
I accidentally sent a submission in the ask box! Are you still going to post it?
Provided it meets the above criteria, yes we will. Though we would rather submissions come in through the submit box, we won’t delete a submission sent in through ask.
How many submissions do you get a day?
It varies constantly. Sometimes we get none. Sometimes we get several. The average is about 7 per day.
What submission has the most notes?
I believe it is this one.
How many followers do you have?
Where do most of your submissions come from?
Most of them come from people in the United States.
I have a suggestion that might make the site better. Can I send that to you?
Is it okay if vent about something to you? Can I ask you for some advice?
Of course. We will always try our best to respond back to everyone in a timely fashion, and we will give the best advice we can think of. We are a community here, and we will be here for you. :)
Will you promote my blog?
We absolutely have no problems promoting blogs that follow the atheism theme. AStB, itself, got started when Brittany said something to other blogs, who liked what she was doing, and who did promote it.
Do you have a personal Tumblr/Can I follow you on your personal Tumblr?
Yes. Brittany’s can be found here, and Rosalie’s here. If you want to follow us, by all means do so (though I’m not quite sure why you would want to unless you’re interested in the same things I am). We don’t often follow people back, though.
Who are you? What do you do?
Brittany is 25 years old, and she works at a school in the special education department. She lives in the United States, near Chicago, IL. She graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in English Education in 2009.
Rosalie is 22, and she is in the process of pursuing a degree in Philosophy and plans to get her Master’s in Library Science or Teaching. She lives in Connecticut in the US.
When and why did you become an atheist?
Brittany - I first had to become very religious before I saw “the light,” so to say. I went to a camp when I was 16 where I was immersed in nothing but the Christian doctrine. For a few months after that, I lived and breathed that religion. I pushed friends away for not glorifying god as I was.
That feeling wore off very quickly when I realized how lonely I was. Luckily, my friends accepted me back, and I started to really question religion. By the time I left high school, I was an agnostic, but was still leaning more towards theism.
During my fourth semester of college, I took a Religions of the East course with my roommate (who was also agnostic, and is more in the middle of the spectrum). My professor was raised as a Catholic, abandoned his faith for Buddhism, and then married and converted back to Catholicism. Whenever he spoke about the religions we were learning about (Hinduism, Buddhism, and other various Chinese religions), he would always try to relate it back to Catholicism.
Eventually, I began to see how repetitious and pointless these religions were. Around that time, my roommate began dragging me to the newly formed Purdue Society of Non-Theists meetings (which was co-founded and led by the fabulous Jen McCreight). The club had these wonderful discussions, talks, and movie nights that really opened me up to atheism. Atheism made so much sense, and by the end of my fourth semester, I was an atheist.
Rosalie - I was raised Unitarian Universalist and was always taught the right to a free and responsible search for truth and meaning in the world. I don’t think I ever believed in a god in the “Big Man in the Sky” sense of the word, but my mother is very spiritual, so that was a big part of my belief system growing up.
I was agnostic for a long time, believing that we really don’t know whether there’s anything more to life. However, through my college years, I spent more and more time thinking about the absurdity of Theism and how little sense it made to me that our entire world was created just for humans. About a year ago, I took the plunge and committed to atheism, pushed a little by reading Douglas Adams’s essays in The Salmon of Doubt.
Do you ever submit things to your own blog?
Yes. ;) Very rarely, though.
I don’t like/agree with this one submission.
Sorry. Everyone has different experiences.
I saw something you said in an ask that I disagree with.
Sorry. Everything we say in an ask are personal opinions towards a given circumstance or idea. By all means, disagree with us. If you see something wrong, feel free to send us an ask to explain why we’re wrong. We try to be open and respectful, so we’ll always think about what you’re saying, or where you’re coming from.
You are very rude to theists.
We don’t see it that way. This blog is about things that bother atheists. If someone is bothered by something a theist does, it would be more beneficial for the theist to contemplate on why the atheist is upset than to just say the atheist is being rude/intolerant.
We also try to always maintain a certain decorum on this blog. If we were rude to someone, it’s possible that they were being rude to us first.