Unknowing in 2011

There are changes afoot here at the Website of Unknowing, and I thought my dear readers would like to know a bit about what I have planned.

First of all, I’m working toward giving the site a new look. Not much to say on this front, except that I’ll be working with one of the leading designers of websites for authors, and am very excited at the prospect of giving the site a facelift — which, hopefully, will make it more consistent with the overall message I  hope to convey.

Secondly, I’m looking at giving the “pages” section of the website a makeover. Currently there are sections devoted to Christian mysticism, to Celtic spirituality, to spiritual formation, my archives, and various other topics. It feels rather cluttered and hodgepodgy to me — so I want to take advantage of creating a new look for the site to simultaneously create a new structure for it as well. I’m not sure yet exactly how I’ll format it, but I’m thinking along these lines:

  • The Blog will continue to be the site’s “Home” page.
  • The obligatory About Me page will include my bio, photos, calendar, and miscellaneous archives.
  • A Books section will give detailed information about my writings as well as other books I recommend.
  • The Praxis section will introduce readers to key elements of contemplative spirituality, Celtic wisdom, and Christian mysticism.
  • The Exemplars section will be set up to celebrate the lives and writings of saints, mystics, and contemporary authors whose work I find inspirational and/or instructive.

Finally — and I hope this doesn’t upset anyone (and it might make some people happy) — I expect to be posting less frequently to my blog in the future. Over the last few months I have tried to post something every day. I’ve enjoyed this, and have been amazed at the wonderful response from readers who have come to be regular respondents to my writing and the quotations that I post for your consideration. I really have enjoyed managing this blog. Unfortunately, though (or, again, fortunately depending on your point of view), both professional and personal demands on my time over the next few months (which include two writing projects, a number of speaking engagements, and of course the ongoing need to maintain my prayer life before all other writing commitments) have made it necessary for me to let go of updating the blog daily. I’m not sure what kind of rhythm I will settle in to: maybe several times a week, maybe only once a week. I’m committed to updating the blog at least once a week, but less than daily. We’ll see how that plays out.

So there you go. That’s what I have in mind for the future of the blog. To you who visit and read this site, I am truly grateful. Thank you for joining in the conversation.

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  • lightbearer

    evagrius ponticus what is there out there to read on him
    also david icke is he good subject matter for a blog
    he will either reaffirm your spi8rituality or………….

  • Al Jordan

    Likewise, we as your readers, are grateful to you for the time, energy and thought you put into this site. But to post daily as you have done, and with such deep material, is a herculean task. I’ve often wondered how you do it. Your proposed, revised format makes a lot of sense and the periodic posting will give you a chance to catch your breath. I have no doubt the periodic posting will continue to be rich in content and challenging to mind and heart. Wise decision.

  • tana

    I look forward to seeing the new blog, Carl. Thank you for all that you share.

  • Harmony Isle

    Thank you, Carl, for your great blog–like Al, I’ve often wondered how you find the time to post so regularly. Perhaps you would consider inviting some of your regular commentators to write a guest post on your blog from time to time, messages complementary to your own content themes, to take some of the pressure off yourself?

  • suzanne kurtz

    Bless you Carl, a newly designed website, and a discerning new year sound just the thing to keep you balanced at prayer and work. Looking forward to seeing what comes. A good New Year and all blessings. Suzanne

  • http://www.healthyspirituality.org Jean wise

    wanted to let you know how much I do enjoy your blog: the info, the honesty and the inspiration. I think posting several times a week will work out just fine too. love to read your words no matter how often!