How To Read Camels With Hammers Starting in June

This summer I am going to have a lot more time to blog, which means I will be regularly posting both substantive original ideas pieces of my own and also aggregating videos and excerpts of other writing, etc.

In order that my original writing does not get drowned out as the blog moves so quickly, I have decided to employ a new general policy whereby the post at the top of the page will almost always be the post in which I have recently done the most writing, rather than whatever happens to be the latest thing posted on the blog.

So even if you come to the homepage and see the same piece of philosophical writing at the top that you have already read, do not assume the blog has no interesting new updates. Check out the box in the right hand column for links to the most recent posts and or simply scroll down past the philosophical piece which you have already read to see if anything new has come after it.

Doing this will make me feel much more comfortable producing more total content. I often refrain from posting out of fear of drowning out my latest original writing. This compromise will help put my mind at ease that the writing that is most important to this blog is always the first thing people will see when they come to the homepage and liberate me to then freely post all the other information and resources I think people would benefit from.

Today I finally wrap up the last of my grading. It’s almost done but for a few tests to grade and final tallies. Tomorrow, June 1, I will officially begin my summer of intensive blog and book writing.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • carlie

    Whew! I saw that title and thought that you were going to say you’re moving somewhere else to blog. Glad to see that it’s just format changes.

  • Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

    I had the same reaction as Carlie. Will do!

  • life is like a pitbull with lipstick ॐ

    I feared it was going to say “learn Latin.”

  • Daniel Fincke

    Hahahaha Sorry for the scare everybody and thanks for caring enough to be worried!

  • Lou Doench

    Well Okey dokey then!

  • New England Bob

    I saw “…aggregating videos…” as “aggravating videos” at first.

    The order on the blog page is irrelevant to me. I see them all via Google reader, so I will get them all as they are posted.

  • Bret

    The age old problem of quantity vs. quality.

    • John Morales

      It’s not a problem; it’s a feature.

      (The quality is there, and those who discriminate successfully can avoid the one yet find the other as they wish)

    • Daniel Fincke

      The age old problem of quantity vs. quality.

      I don’t really see it that way. Yeah, not every aggregated post is, in hindsight, worth the blog space. But there is really a great role for a blog to be a source of information, resources, and other people’s ideas. I think that’s seriously a quality thing. I love Andrew Sullivan’s blog for the wealth of other people’s ideas it exposes me to. But this is also a philosophy blog and the place I want to get my ideas out. That’s a different kind of quality contribution and it is the one that should be my first priority. I could just have two blogs, one for aggregation and one for original writing, but that’s far more inefficient than this simple solution.

  • ‘Tis Himself

    So you’re going to make reading your blog difficult and complicated. Only a philosopher would think this is a good idea.

    • Daniel Fincke

      It’s complicated to scroll down one post to see if there’s anything new underneath it you missed? If this were a regular website and not a blog there would be no expectation that all the headline stories were necessarily also the most recent. What’s the big deal? Should I opt instead to drown out the writing which makes my blog distinctive in the first place? Should I just forego providing valuable resources and information beyond my own writing just so that it does not compete with my own stuff? This seems like the best compromise, even if scrolling down a blog to see the second posting is too difficult and complicated for some people.