I’ll Be Writing Daily Again Starting This Week

Hi everyone. Since moving to Patheos, my posting rate has dropped precipitously. I apologize for that. Last semester I rather unwisely scheduled my classes in ways that made writing very hard for me. Most of my weekdays were too tightly packed with teaching and traveling to write even if I wanted to and I had too many late nights and early mornings to ever catch up on sleep adequately, even if I wanted to. Additionally, I taught two entirely new classes which required me to constantly be mastering a lot of new readings well enough to lecture on them. And in addition to the seven classes I originally signed up to teach, I took on an eighth (also with brand new lectures to prepare) for half the semester when another professor fell ill. And about 6 weeks into the semester I got my heart broken pretty badly when my girlfriend, with whom I had fallen pretty deeply in love without even fully realizing the extent of it, broke up with me. (And trying to be friends with her without first getting over her just prolonged and worsened the pain in a lot of ways.) All that, combined with the all the mental energies my teaching was demanding and all the difficulties I was experiencing finding time to rest, just exhausted me and made it hard to concentrate on, or be very passionate about, the kinds of issues I typically blog about.

Then the last 6 weeks I was snowed in with eight classes’ worth of grading, a visit with family, a hunt for a new apartment, packing, and the intricacies of launching my own online non-matriculated classes for the first time while preparing for my new semester of traditional university classes. Plus the heartache became especially intolerable around the holidays and throughout most of winter break while I had a lot of time alone and was no longer running around all day with opportunities to be distracted.

Now my real world classes and all but one of my online classes are up and running. And my heart is healed enough to where I am able to think about other things again. It’s helped enormously to teach myself to conscientiously look for and embrace what I can have in life rather than what I cannot (as I wrote about a week and a half ago). And my stuff is all packed up. I am just writing this as I wait for the movers, who are an hour late.

I’ve missed blogging a ton. I suffer something analogous to withdrawal when I don’t write every day. Tonight, soon as I get minimally settled at the new place, it will be time to make Camels With Hammers a daily blog again. Thanks to countless of you for your patience, loyal readership, and personal support these last few months. Please come by every day this week. It encourages me to write more!

Your Thoughts?

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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.

  • http://fidesquaerens.org/ Marta L.

    I’m glad you’re back to blogging. Even if I don’t read everything you post (my schedule is not as crazy as yours, but I am dissertating…), I know how good it is for you to have this outlet.

    I know you usually go for the philosophical, but I suspect I’m not the only one who would like to hear about your new neighborhood, if it’s not too personal.

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/camelswithhammers/ Daniel Fincke

      There’s not much to say about the new neighborhood, it’s only 5 blocks away from my old place (and still between the same two avenues!). But I will say this, since there is so much on every block in this city, I rarely ventured more than 3 blocks away from my apartment before, and so there is a chance that I will do the same thing here and wind up with a whole new set of regular haunts and never visit my old ones anymore!

      But that’s unlikely, I am too attached to some of the old ones.

  • http://www.infidels.org Jeffery Jay Lowder

    I’m sorry to hear about everything that has happened, but I am glad to see that you are blogging again. Also, I wanted to publicly thank you for inviting me to blog with you here on Patheos; I’m really enjoying it.

    I hope your personal life settles down and your workload becomes more reasonable.

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/camelswithhammers/ Daniel Fincke

      Wow, I had no idea that you had agreed to come on board yet! Sorry I’ve been out of it the last few days. This is fantastic. It’s great to hear from you and great to learn you’re here with us now!

  • http://homeschoolingphysicist.blogspot.com PhysicistDave


    I’m sincerely sorry about the romantic heartbreak. It’s funny — pop culture, music, etc. go on interminably about that, but I’m not sure most people really take it seriously (maybe because pop culture does go on about it interminably).

    It does raise an interesting question, though — perhaps the way most people think about and deal with close relationships nowadays is awry. The consensus view seems to be that “relationships” are meant to be “here today, gone tomorrow.”

    Doesn’t seem to work too well for human beings.

    All the best,

    Dave Miller in Sacramento

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/camelswithhammers/ Daniel Fincke

      Thanks Physicist Dave. I think pop culture goes on so much about heartbreak for more banal reasons. I think it’s because of how much of pop culture consumption is done by teenagers and young adults. They are the people most likely to be unmarried and struggling to find someone, and it is all so new and literally physiologically intense for the teenagers in particular. Romantic love (and the lack thereof) is also such a universal source of joy and pain in Western culture that it becomes the standard subject matter of songs about longing, disappointment, and euphoria, each.

  • John Moriarty

    Hi Dan
    sorry to hear you broke up; that coupled with a ton of other stuff has to make something give.
    Excuse = valid! :)

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/camelswithhammers/ Daniel Fincke


  • http://www.infidels.org Jeffery Jay Lowder

    Daniel — Thanks. We are now located at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/.

  • ACN

    If you’re looking for inspiration there is some dubious of discussion of Nietzsche going on here:


    It might be fun to have an actual expert weigh-in :)