Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Anticipating the arrival of the Philocritot.
With great anticipation, Mrs Philocrites and I are looking forward to the birth of our first child in May. Being the oldest of five children, and having grown up in the baby capital of America, I'm no stranger to babies and young children, and in many ways I feel like I'm finally getting around to something I've always meant, and perhaps was meant, to do. But there's also no getting around the fact that my life is changing and is about to change quite dramatically.
Which brings me, dear readers, to what this means for you. On your behalf, I've interviewed myself (I know: how clever!) about what impending parenthood means to the future of this blog:
Yikes! Is Philocrites going to turn into a baby blog?
Nope. I love baby blogs: I'm following twelve baby blog feeds from friends and relatives right now. But this isn't going to turn into a baby blog. Mrs P and I are jealous of our privacy and our personal lives, so our baby-blogging will occur elsewhere.
Are you going to abandon Philocrites?
No. I won't close up shop, and I'll post as I have time and find that I have something I'd really like to say. But it's very likely that tumbleweeds are going to start blowing through as I spend more time getting ready for the baby and then, you know, making googly-eyes at him and helping my wife. As it is now, my job is already taking up most of my mental energy, and frankly, I see long stretches ahead when the kind of reading that has fueled most of my writing here is going to be severely limited. (Time and season for every purpose, etc.)
But, but, but . . .!
I know! Me, too!
But what about the links to UU World stories and all the other exciting Unitarian Universalist-related content Philocrites tells us about?
Good question! I highly recommend subscribing to the magazine's weekly email newsletter or one of its feeds. Shelby Meyerhoff is keeping an eye out for excellent UU blog content for the magazine, so be sure to check our her Interdependent Web blog at uuworld.org. And sometime this year, we'll probably launch an editors' blog at uuworld.org where I'll be able to post at least some of the kinds of links Philocrites readers have come to expect.
Wait a minute. Isn't Philocrites part of your job?
No. Philocrites has always been independent from my job. I've used the blog to promote the work of UU World's contributors, and I don't think I could have launched uuworld.org without the experience I picked up by writing and publishing a blog, but the blog has always been my hobby. (Flash back! The website existed as a Geocities page in the late '90s, before I went to work at the UUA, and evolved into a blog in 2003 after I had been at the magazine a few years.)
But I don't read Philocrites for that UU stuff. I keep hoping you'll post more about politics and American religion, the way you did back in 2004 and 2005.
Alas, I just don't have the time. I still read a lot on those topics, but I don't get a chance to write very often about them. If you'd like to keep up with my Web reading at least, check out my del.icio.us links.
Thanks for reading my work. Any other questions?
Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 25 March 2008 at 9:35 PM