I love this blog, and I continue to be amazed at the steadily increasing amount of traffic it receives. Sometimes I feel like I am the host of the most amazing party, where a variety of intelligent (and opinionated!) people, all of whom share my interest in and love for contemplative, emergent, and/or Celtic Christianity, as well as interfaith spirituality, gather together for shared conversation, insight, and the occasional debate. It’s truly one of the singular joys of my life.
However… (you knew there was a “but” in there, didn’t you?)
I’m beginning to find myself a bit unable to keep up, both with the comments posted on my blog as well as emails sent directly to me. I love the feedback I receive, whether public or private, and at least so far I am able to read everything that comes my way — but I’m finding that I simply cannot respond to it all. This morning I received an email from a person who was concerned that I wasn’t receiving her emails, because I hadn’t answered any. Sigh. The truth is, every day I get wonderful emails from folks with whom I would love to engage in conversation. If I responded to all of those wonderful messages, I’m afraid I wouldn’t have time to write any new posts for the blog!
So if you’ve posted a comment here, hoping to get my take on a particular topic, or if you’ve sent me an email with a particular question or insight, please accept my apologies if you do not hear back from me. Please do not take it personally. If time were of no consequence, I would love to engage in in-depth conversations with anyone and everyone who comes my way (I am, after all, an INFP, and we like in-depth, meaningful conversation). But alas, time is of consequence, and as I have a full-time day job, a family, Lay-Cistercian and teaching commitments, and am also beginning to put together my notes for my next book… it’s important for me to balance the desire for online interaction with the need to be a good steward of my finite resources (and time is, alas, finite).
I appreciate your understanding, and as I said, at least for now I am still able to read every comment or email that comes my way. And I’ll still respond to some, depending on how much time I have at the moment, whether I feel like I have anything to say, or whatever. So please keep your comments/feedback coming. As I’ve seen on several occasions recently (such as this conversation between Burl and Guido), even if I can’t respond to your comments directly, somebody else who is probably smarter than me anyway just might pick up the conversation. After all, that’s what makes this blog special.