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I was visiting with friends a couple months ago when the husband asked, Who's in charge of Her.meneutics?" His wife chimed in: "It's great."

The husband added, "We read it every day. Very thoughtful."

The husband's comment surprised me, because Her.meneutics is the Christianity Today blog for women, as the tagline reads (christianitytoday.com/women). His comment was another sign that it is drawing more readers, female and male, every month, and one reason it's doing so is associate editor Katelyn Beaty.

The California-North Carolina-Virginia and finally Dayton, Ohio, native (the moves were driven by her father's service in the Marines) came to the magazine in August 2007 to become our copy editor. She was pretty much fresh out of Calvin College at the time. She says her first impression of the hallway was that it was "home to men who had strong opinions and liked to voice them frequently and loudly." Well, yes. But one reason we thought she'd fit well at CT is that she is more than capable of holding her own in such an opinionated setting.

Katelyn's natural editorial instincts prompted us to expand her horizons.

The first was starting the women's blog, whose early names included Miss.iology and A Dame Good Blog. Katelyn finally came up with the current title, thank goodness. The blog is edited with help from online editor Sarah Pulliam Bailey, and is written by and for women, not as a platform for women's causes, as such, but whatever interests women—which includes a lot, of course, that interests men. The blog now attracts about 3,000 unique pageviews daily and hosts 15 regular writers. Some of them are politically left-of-center, others are firmly conservative. While all the writers agree that women should take leadership ...

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