So, before Unfundamentalist moved and started its own website, it was a part of the Patheos website, listed along with other Christian and religious blogs. I’ve had my writings published on Patheos before, under the Unfundamentalist banner, but submitted them directly to the new site once they moved away from Patheos.
Patheos, according to Wikipedia, is the, “largest English language religion and spirituality site in the world…” Benjamin Corey is the managing editor for the Progressive Christianity page at Patheos. While I not very comfortable with the term “progressive,” I get why it is used and I get the point of differentiating between what I would just term “orthodox” (not in the Eastern sense, but in the definition sense) and fundamentalism.
Anyway, Ben has asked if I would consider moving my blog to Patheos. What would this mean? Well, I’m not entirely sure. I think I would still own and control my posts. I could leave whenever I wanted. I would definitely receive more views and traffic to my posts than I would on a stand-alone blog as it is now. I guess there is also some nominal payment based on the traffic/views of one’s posts. As Ben noted, no one at Patheos is getting rich, but it can be a few extra dollars.
Writing for me is cathartic and therapeutic. I feel if I didn’t write, I would wither away like a plant and die. I would write, even if no one read a word so money is hardly a factor. Still, if one can get paid for what they love doing and would do anyway, I guess that’s just gravy or icing on the cake (depends upon whether you are inclined to sweet or savory).
I frankly would like to hear from any readers (the few of you). My leaning right now is to accept the invitation and write for Patheos, but my writings would probably be of the more public type, where I address fundamentalism, religion, culture, the political, and current events of whatever type, in an opinion/commentary manner. In other words, writings like my last two posts and what’s been published on Unfundamentalist. It would be much less personal writing.
I may then, also, keep this stand-alone blog (probably need to change the name) to keep writing of things more personal, and musings about the arts, culture, poetry, actual poetry, literature, and the more esoteric for the contemplative person if that makes sense.
Regardless, I hope to keep any regular readers. There are over 150 people who follow this blog (thank you!) and others I am aware of who read it, but have never signed up to “follow,” and I don’t want to lose any of you. So, any input would be appreciated and helpful.
Thank you and blessings.