So Long, and Thanks for All the Clicks

Dear Friends,

I began blogging as a personal project during a time of transition in my life. At that time I had a 3 year old and a 4 month old. I was living in Wales and about to quit my PhD program. I wanted to go deeper into my own spiritual practices, develop writing that was not academically driven, and find out what “my own ashram” might look like. Through the discipline of writing and practice, through the connections woven from the world wide web of words, I feel that I have succeeded in all of my goals.

Now, I live in Olympia, WA. I have a 7 year old, 4.5 year old, and a 17 month old. I have embraced my own practice, built relationships with gods and spirits and humans, and never once given up on this path. Helping create Many Gods West is once of the fruits and services of the Work I’ve been doing.

But the Work takes on a life of its own. Had I known how spiritually intense putting on MGW would be, I might have thought twice about doing it. My skills on many planes were tested and sharpened. I had to work with a variety of people and spirits. What I thought was a service to my communities turned out also to be a service to the gods. And the gods took notice.

In the hours/days/weeks after MGW I received the thanks of deities – many of them not my own! Not content to let me rest on my laurels, my own gods said “GOOD, NOW YOU HAVE TO CUT OFF YOUR HEAD.”

I am called to prepare for more Work. Part of cutting off my head is quitting blogging.

And so, Big Announcement #2 is this: I am leaving Patheos and blogging for the foreseeable future.

By Rob Bye, Unsplash
By Rob Bye, Unsplash/Here I go, leaping off the ledge!

What will I be focusing on?

*My family. My home. My communities. My practices. It’ll be nice to really sink into my Work and not think to myself “Would this make a good post?”

*A Place project. I plan to work on learning about this Land and its Peoples, the gods and spirits who are here.

*Many Gods West. I’ll be organizing this conference again, as a service to the gods and my communities. I hope I’ll see you there next summer!

*Reading tarot – for fun, service, and profit! (You can contact me at myownashram at gmail dot com if you’re interested in a reading.)

*Singing. I still have not fulfilled a promise I made to Kali a few years ago. I’ve been working on it, but it is not complete.

*Writing. Oddly enough, just because I’m quitting regular blogging doesn’t mean I’ll be done writing. A few months ago I published this piece on Gods & Radicals. I consider it one of the best things I’ve ever written. It took three weeks to write. I’d like to work on longer form writing and to see just what my writing can look like when I craft it – editing more than once, etc. I hope to write for Gods & Radicals, a few other magazines, and…… start a book. I have at least two books in me, I think.

Graffiti in Olympia
Graffiti in Olympia

I won’t be gone from the internet entirely. Facebook is this stay at home parent’s connection to the wider world! I’ll be maintaining A Witch’s Ashram’s FB page, where I’ll be sure to post links to my various writings when they appear, as well as keep connecting you to links I think are thoughtful, and perhaps posting little bits of thoughts in progress.

Eventually I’ll get a personal website up and running. And who knows? Maybe start blogging again.

I want to give a huge shout out of thanks to a few people: Karina B. Heart, for a phone call in Wales, where she challenged me to discover just what “my own ashram” would like. Christine Hoff Kraemer and Sarah Whedon, for early writing and editing opportunities. Jason Mankey, for being one of my biggest encouragers, a kick ass editor, and now, one of my favorite friends. And of course, to Adam and my kids, for putting up with “hang on, I just need to finish this post”.

And to you! THANK YOU FOR READING.

 

 

 

[The title is a nod to the Douglas Adams novel “So Long and Thanks for All the Fish”.]

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  • http://www.patheos.com/Pagan.html Jason Mankey

    I’ve known this was coming, but I still cried a little bit.

  • Anne Newkirk Niven

    Since you mentioned “writing for other magazines” I hope you’ll consider mine. (We are still accepting articles for the “Polytheism” issue next summer. Hint, hint.)

  • Heron Michelle

    Best of luck in all your endeavors! When The Work calls, there is no use avoiding it.

  • An Elder Apprentice

    May you experience the highest and best and most joyous use of your many skills and passions!
    My clicks were all a pleasure.

  • https://celestineday.wordpress.com/ Celestine Day

    Awwww. I’m gonna miss your blog. But I completely understand your reasons. :) Good luck!

  • http://www.paganleft.wordpress.com Mariah Sheehy

    Totally understand. I look forward to seeing your work in Gods & Radicals, and hopefully making it to Many Gods West.

  • Andrew

    Thank you for all your sharing Niki. All the best with your endeavours.

  • Sarah Anne Lawless

    Wishing you all the blessings!

  • lizzysimplymagic

    You’ll be missed! I always get excited when I see a new post from you… I look forward to seeing your name on a book cover! Many blessings :)

  • Annika Mongan

    You will definitely be missed, but I am excited to see your new writing adventures.

  • http://www.spokanepagans.com Woods Wizard

    I will miss you. Good luck on your endeavors, and if you are ever on the east side, drop by.

    BTW, I got the reference right away but when I first read it, I saw “..and thanks for all the Chicks.” :embarrassment:

  • Heathen Chinese

    May your auto-decapitation be only as painful as it needs to be, and lead to more effective Work. Blessings to you, and Hail to Kali Ma!

  • http://moon-in-libra.blogspot.com/ Jean Murphy

    I’ll miss your blog, but blessings in all you do! (I missed your G&R post; will read it now.)

  • http://www.spiralnature.com Psyche

    While I’ll be sad to see you go from here, it’s wonderful that you’re able to recognize what you can take on, and what you have to put down. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours!