This blog has undergone considerable revisions through the years, both in terms of form and content. On the form front – basically web design and SEO – I am an amateur in the truest sense of the world – I do it for love. Solving technical problems, designing a user-friendly site, getting it out into the world . . . I think that part is a lot of fun.
The Content Management System (CMS) is WordPress. I have worked with others – notably Drupal. I have no complaints but WordPress is what’s familiar so it’s what I stick with and recommend when asked. The theme is Thesis which has a lot of built-in flexibility, both in terms of the mechanics and the appearance. It’s on the pricey side but I think it’s gone a long way to helping me create a site that is both easy on the eyes and functional (Update: Thesis 2 is infinitely more powerful than Thesis 1 (which is where I cut my teeth) but also geared more to developers than casual users – caveat emptor).
I hosted for years at Godaddy. I have no specific complaints, other than that it was cheap shared hosting and I have come to believe that you get what you pay for. If you’re serious about your site and about its growth, why not consider one of the more mid-range hosting companies? I used WP Engine and it’s incredible. Fast, quick and knowledgeable support, no pesky upselling. I still use Godaddy for domain names.
I use a creative commons license for all the content, unless otherwise indicated.
In terms of content . . . man, that’s where the rubber hits the road, doesn’t it? The early posts are kind of artsy. I was interested in creating something literary. And I was scared of what to put out there. Keeping it vague felt safe. I wasn’t consistent but my feet were in the water.
Later I just bit the bullet, to to speak, and began to pump out content like there was no tomorrow. I did a fair amount of keyword research trying to figure out what people were looking for when it came to ACIM-related – or progressive Christian or new age Jesus or Vedantic healing and prayer – sites. In retrospect, I ended up writing a lot of stuff that probably could have used a little more editorial judgment.
But it was helpful in that it got me over my nerves about writing about this stuff publicly. Sometimes you just have to write a lot of words before you get to what’s feasible, to what’s authentic. I could go back and edit now, but in general I feel like honesty mitigates in favor of leaving it all up. I’ve deleted about half a dozen posts over the past year, most of which were redundant. How many times can you say you’re agnostic about Arten and Pursah?
Beyond that, I don’t know. I write because it’s helpful to me personally and because it’s fun. If the site weren’t helpful and fun, it would disappear. I want to be a better writer and to do that you have to spend X amount of hours tapping away at the keyboard or (insert your favorite writing tool metaphor here). And the more I “teach” A Course in Miracles, the better I understand it. The easier it is to bring into application, if you will.
I tend to get a fair amount of email from people. I’m always happy to hear from you but I am for the most part a terrible correspondent. If you drop a line, hang tight. I respond to everyone but it might take a while.
Update (November 2014): I mention those old posts from late 2010 and most of 2011 – the ones where I was writing at a frantic pace, focused less on being clear and helpful than on simply getting the words out and into the world. As I mention in the original post, for a long time I left those posts intact. But this fall I began to remove them or to redirect users to more relevant and more thoughtful content. It became clear to me that a lot of that early writing was just so much fluff – the problem wasn’t the lack of editorial oversight (who doesn’t forget a closing parens from time to time?) and it wasn’t that I was writing about, you know, energy healing through dream interpretation. That was okay, in its way.
No, the problem was that the writing was too shallow. And it was shallow because too often I wasn’t writing about a) what I knew and/or b) from the heart, for lack of a better phrase. Rather than try to be authoritative on everything spiritual under the sun, I decided to be honest about what was going on – my experience as a student of A Course in Miracles, for example. My emerging sense of truth and self and other in the various prose poetry projects that are also floating around here. We want to be certain: we want to know. But more and more I understand that spirituality is not about being right or sure but rather being still and willing in the face of uncertainty, in the facing of unknowing. In my way – which is only one way, and perhaps a poor way, that is what I try to do here.
In the interim, thanks for visiting.