Open Thread: Self-Promotion Day; Plus, Help Beat PZ!

So, I think it’s about time for another self-promotion thread. What say you?

If you maintain a blog or other site that you want to tell us about, now’s the time! Feel free to post a comment telling us about yourself and your site: who you are, what you write about, and why we should be interested. Atheist-themed sites are of course preferred, though all comers are welcome.

If you’ve participated in past self-promotion threads, you’re welcome to do so again. However, this time I’m going to change the rules a little bit: since I like to see creativity and good writing, I’m asking that you link not to your site in general, but a specific, recent post of yours that you’re particularly proud of, that best demonstrates your talents, or that sums up what your blog is all about. As always, the most interesting entrants may wind up on my blogroll, so put your best foot forward!

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Also, while we’re on the topic, I’m putting out a call for help to readers. This past week, a bunch of my favorite bloggers squared off in a fundraising challenge for Camp Quest, the summer camp for kids from humanist and nontheist families. On one side was the evil overlord himself, P.Z. Myers; on the other, a tag-team of Greta Christina, Hemant Mehta, Jen McCreight and J.T. Eberhard of the Secular Student Alliance, competing to see who could be the first to raise $5,000.

Well, PZ won the first round much too easily. But atheists, as we all know, fight dirty. That’s why the anti-PZ team has raised the stakes, not just to a fixed amount but to whoever can raise the most by June 1… and they’ve recruited some new bloggers to join their side, including yours truly.

Since it was already four against one and the side with four is now adding even more people, some of you might wonder: isn’t this cheating? And my answer to that is: Yes. Yes, it is. It is brazen, shameless cheating. Fortunately, since I’m an atheist, I’m not bound by petty notions of right and wrong – not when there’s something more important at stake, like blog bragging rights!

Frankly, I’ll be surprised if we win this one. PZ and his legions of tentacled minions make for a formidable adversary. But I don’t intend to go down without a fight. Let’s show that godless cephalopod-lover that he can’t push the rest of us around! I’m not saying that I’ll look more favorably on your self-promotion comment if you also make a donation to the challenge… but maybe I am saying that.

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  • http://wading-in.net/walkabout Just Al

    Wow, I get to try and draw attention to my blog without having to make it seem casual and relevant to a discussion? What do I have to buy? ;-)

    All right, so I’m a nature photographer, atheist, and sarcastic bastard, usually trying to alternate posts between the three. Occasionally, the posts dabble in what might be called “practical philosophy,” or maybe “behavioral philosophy,” in examining what makes us tick without the benefit of an education in the field (or, indeed, any.)

    Along those lines, I had a recent exploration of emotional decisions and justifications titled “Denihilism” that I spent some time on – I’ll just warn everyone that it’s long.

    Inspired by Hemant Mehta at Friendly Atheist (see blogroll at right,) I also started an ongoing “Ask An Atheist” page at which anyone is welcome to fire potshots – it can be found in the menu at the top of the site.

    As for donations to Camp Quest, I think everyone should remember that we strengthen our community with local support – PZ Myers is way up in Morris, Minnesota, while at least one of the combined others is almost certainly much closer. What kind of pinko wouldn’t root for their home team?

  • http://howardmorey.blogspot.com/ Feste

    I primarily write bad blank verse, though not so bad that I don’t feel like sharing it. Mainly I’m an attention… wossname, you know, one of those people who cries “me, me” in public places and affects a strange walk so as to be noticed.

    Or, not, possibly; I won’t say. I always feel that I do, regardless of whether it’s true or not.

    In any case, I’ve been doing a post a day every day so far this year, wandering from tiny comments on dull topics to, yes, humanist posts—this one on encouraging wonder at the natural world in children is the best among them.

  • http://fancy-plants.blogspot.com fancyplants

    Well, since you’re offering :)

    I’d like to put in a shout for my own little site, which contains various warblings about this and that (mostly obscure film reviews and embarrassing eastern travel) but also a few pieces I did on the subjects of religion and atheism.

  • http://cubiksrube.wordpress.com/ writerJames

    Ah, go on then, some publicity whoring occasionally prompts me to un-lurk. I’m James, English guy, 27, started off blogging mainly on atheism, broadened out to skepticism in general, and have lately been getting increasingly distracted by things like politics and feminism. (I’m also entirely failing to take off with any success on YouTube).

    Something of note recently… Well, I had a topical and semi-original thought or two about religious privilege the other day. That’ll do.

    Good luck cheating your way to victory! I’m rootin’ for ya.

  • The Weatherman

    Well, hello again. I am a regular reader and I have been here before. Back when new members of Foundation Beyond Belief were being featured. See for yourself here: http://www.daylightatheism.org/2010/04/fbb-member-interviews-5.html

    I made a joking reference to a blog that only existed in my mind in that piece, but I have recently started actually working on one that exists outside of my mind. Not sure that it is really ready to be promoted too much, but certainly wouldn’t mind some feedback. It mainly consists of what I refuse to call poetry, but possessing similar characteristics of poetry nonetheless, that deals with issues ranging from the darker side of love to religion and such. I am also trying to incorporate other writings (long-winded form) that deal more with my views on life, religion, and the like. So, that being said, I am going to link to one of each. http://observationwall.blogspot.com/2011/05/why-you-should-pray.html http://observationwall.blogspot.com/2011/03/potential-we-have-potential-to-make-it.html

    Suggestions and comments welcomed!

  • http://betterthanesdras.wordpress.com Abbie

    I have a little hobby blog about secular study of the Bible, as a historical and/or literary object. It’s called Better Than Esdras, for some reason. I started it because I was reading the Bible and I needed a place to keep my thoughts straight. At first it was mostly a chapter-by-chapter exegesis. But since I’ve joined the read-KJV-in-2011 club, I’ve started doing side posts on other topics. The one I’m most proud of is about the Moabite Stone. It’s kind of a badly organized info-dump, but I did learn a lot putting it together.

  • http://filipinofreethinkers.org Jeiel Aranal

    Hi! I’m part of the Filipino Freethinkers, a group in the Philippines that champions reason, science and secularism. Right now we’re heavily involved in a fight for secularism and women’s rights against the Roman Catholic Church.

    After languishing for more than a decade, support for a reproductive health bill is gaining momentum. With the Roman Catholic Church’s weird ass approach to sex, they’re leading the political opposition against it.

    We like taking a creative approach to the advocacy, one of our latest articles has a satirical take on the worldview of the bill’s opposition and it’s kind of a hoot, especially in the comments.

    Anyway, that’s me pimping our site! Best of luck in slaying He of the Beard and Eight Tentacles! I’m rooting for you cheaters to win!

  • http://www.unequally-yoked.com Leah @ Unequally Yoked

    Hello all,

    I’m an about-to-graduate atheist college student who’s been dating a nice Catholic boy for the last two years. I’ve been blogging for almost a year now trying to to use my deeper understanding of Christianity (the result of plenty of arguments with the bf) to make clearer pitches for atheism to Christians and to clear away atheist arguments that turn out to be irrelevant to what most Christians believe.

    The recent post I’m featuring (“NFP, Conception, and (oh yes) Tranhumanism“) is an attempt to debunk the idea that Natural Family Planning is a more ‘natural’ way of controlling fertility than barrier or hormonal methods. That assertion is used to open up a bigger argument about whether distinctions between natural and unnatural are useful.

  • unintentionalhypocrite

    Do you take pictures as well as writing? Because my attempt at a blog didn’t last beyond the first entry (just a generic intro), but I do have a thriving (in the sense that I frequently add to it; it doesn’t actually get much attention) DeviantArt account: http://cascadedcadence.deviantart.com/
    I don’t think it has a particular theme, except I love drawing (fictional) people more than anything, and my favourite media for colouring at the moment seem to be inks and colouring pencils. I can’t claim there’s anything specifically atheism-related there; some of the older pictures I did draw when I was still a Christian, though you’ll be pleased to know there’s nothing more religious than an innocuous picture of a cross. Anyway, if you’re interested in seeing Dr. Who jumping naked out of a cake, do take a look: http://cascadedcadence.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=/#/d2sajhy

  • http://killedbyfish.blogspot.com feralboy12

    I write a humor blog, which often wanders onto the topic of religion but also takes a look at American political history.

    I hope I haven’t made a pig’s breakfast out of my links–I’m having some frustrations this morning.

  • http://www.trikepilotadventures.blogspot.com/ John Cortesy

    I comment here infrequently but love reading the thoughtful posts and comments on this site. I have a non-religion themed blog which shares my adventures flying motorized hang gliders across North America.

    A sample posting of one adventure is a trip to Illinois and Wisconsin.

    It is interesting that many of my fellow trikers have a similar view of religion as I do. I think there is something about gliding peacefully above a serene landscape that creates a feeling of oneness with the world. No deities are required.

    Another post ,here explains the reason why we do what we do.

  • http://www.greatplay.net Peter Hurford

    Hi everybody,

    I’m a long-time lurker, but I’m sure I can be persuaded to comment on any website if it means I can self-promote without shame. I, too, have one of these bloggy-things, and on it I write about various topics in philosophy (especially justifications of naturalism and humanism), economics, computer science, and political science.

    A sample post I suggest is “Unscrew the Applause Lights”, a word about rationality and using vague words like “freedom” without saying anything about what they mean, styled and inspired by work from Eliezer Yudkowsky.

    I also suggest my series on Morality and Twelve Reasons Not to Believe in any Supernatural Claims.

  • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com Sharmin

    This contest makes me laugh; I love it.

    Frankly, I’ll be surprised if we win this one. PZ and his legions of tentacled minions make for a formidable adversary. But I don’t intend to go down without a fight.

    Don’t give up!

    I have a blog called The Eternal Bookshelf (http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com) where I write about books, religion, equal rights, secularism, and other things I’ve been thinking about. I also sometimes post my own poetry.

    Here’s a post I wrote in December of last year: “Why Weasley Sweaters Are the True Meaning of Christmas: Celebrating Christmas with Harry Potter” (http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/why-weasley-sweaters-are-the-true-meaning-of-christmas/). Though obviously an example of my fangirlish obsession with the book series, I think it also shows my love of finding meaning in stories (which is one of the topics I love to write about) and some of the things I consider important.

    -Ani Sharmin

  • http://darkenedstumbling.blogspot.com/ Leum

    My blog, Stumbling in the Dark, is largely about my attempts to work out a spiritual sense that is compatible with skepticism. Two recent posts have dealt with trying to understand the claims of others to have experienced the divine. The Forest of Shadows: What is Real? is an allegory that (among other things) expresses some of my frustration with trying to understand such claims. Being Respectfully Skeptical of the Divine looks at different ways that skeptics can respond to those who have spiritual experiences.

  • http://end-of-faith.blogspot.com/ Rational-Thinker

    Hello all, I have just started a blog which will contain my thoughts and ramblings on religion, hopefully it will be an interesting read to fellow non-believers such as yourselves, and not just non-sensical jiberish!

    http://end-of-faith.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for the opportunity to whore my blog :)

    R-T

  • http://arizonaatheist.blogspot.com/ Arizona Atheist

    Hi everyone, my name is Ken and I began writing on my now defunct MySpace blog about atheism. Then I moved from a dedicated website on Yahoo to my own blog named Arizona Atheist at blogspot.com. I’ve been at this current site approaching four years now. I began by writing about religion and science, and have since branched out to politics and most recently anarchism. One of the things my blog seems to be known for are the several in-depth book reviews I’ve written (and continue to write) refuting various Christian authors such as Ray Comfort, David Marshall, Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker, and most recently Vox Day. I’m very proud of this last review since I’ve yet to find any as in-depth reviews debunking The Irrational Atheist, and I believe I’ve found several errors that no one else has spotted yet (and there are a lot of them). Thanks for the opportunity to tell about my blog and for anyone who decides to read my review (it’s over 100 pages and it’s not 100% complete yet – you’ve been warned) I hope you enjoy it and thanks.

  • http://ggracchus.blogspot.com/ Gaius Sempronius Gracchus
  • http://robotsconquerus.blogspot.com/ Jim

    I am definitely pulling for PZ. There’s just something cool about seeing the cephalopod hoard rampage over the competition. If you really want to threaten him you should get Jerry Coyne involved. You may also want to ask ERV or you could go after his other big name sciBlings and invite Ed Brayton of Dispatches or Orac of Respectful Insolence. Then you’d have a competition.

  • http://garlixperience.blogspot.com/ Kilre

    Heyo. I’m a semi-regular reader–stopping in from time to time to lurk. Good luck to both sides in this brawl-a-thon.

    As to the topic, I’m the wielder of the digital pencil for the atheist/political cartoons over at The Garlic Experience.

  • http://superhappyjen.blogspot.com SuperHappyJen

    The Canadian dollar is doing good right now, so I have donated $20 US to the cause ($19.69 Canadian). You’ve always been my favourite atheist blogger, Ebon.

    I write a blog about my life, so mostly about my kids. People find me wildly hilarious even though I’m usually just describing my day in all its mundane detail. Here’s a post I made back in March. I chose it because it kind of illustrates what it’s like to raise a kid without religion. See how we talk about life and death without mentioning God or heaven! Amazing! The post isn’t actually about religion; it’s about finding a dead animal on the sidewalk…but some of you may find it amusing.
    http://superhappyjen.blogspot.com/2011/03/educational-opportunities-with-gore.html

  • Paul

    Pulling for the coalition. While I am a loyal tentacled minion, drawing out the competition results in many lulz as well as more competitiveness (and thus more money for kids to go to camp!).

  • http://www.PhDinTminus.com Steve Bond

    Just surfed into your site from Pharyngula, and the first thing you do is invite me to self promote? You’ve definitely made it onto my Feeddler list ;)
    I’m a final year PhD student at the University of British Columbia, blogging about… Well, my last year as a PhD student at the University of British Columbia. Most posts have revolved around the scientific method and experimental design/analysis, written for an educated layperson (hopefully I’m hitting that mark anyway). I’m a dyes-in-the-wool atheist, but aside from the odd quip, my blog doesn’t focus on this aspect of my life. A recent post I’m particularly proud of? How about my breakdown of immunofluorescence.

  • http://howardmorey.blogspot.com feste

    I love you all.

    !

  • http://www.daylightatheism.org Ebonmuse

    Thanks to everyone who’s donated so far! If you haven’t yet, please consider it; we need a lot of help to defeat PZ’s hordes. :) And if you have a blog that you haven’t posted about yet, please feel free to do that as well. Don’t be shy – there are some good sites here and I want to hear about more.

    I was especially pleased to read Jeiel Aranal’s comment (#7). We need freethought and reason everywhere in the world, but the Phillippines in particular could benefit a lot from some healthy skepticism. (As could the U.S.!) It was a pleasing coincidence since I just read the latest issue of Freethought Today, which includes an article by Red Tani, the current president of Filipino Freethinkers.

  • http://www.WorldOfPrime.com Yahzi

    I wrote a fairly lengthy atheistic post recently. A response to Mr. Guanpia with regards to Mr. Dawkins, which may be of momentary amusement.

    Can I just say how nice it is to see faux rivalry between atheist figures? Because it requires that there be multiple atheist figures with their own audiences to rivalarize. :)

  • http://thechapel.wordpress.com the chaplain

    I’ve joined Team Underdog. Since this is a self-promotion thread, I might as well play that game too.

    Let’s whip PZ’s ass!

    And make him shave his beard!

  • http://www.angelfire.com/planet/ratinvchr/ John

    This is my pathetic little site that I call “Rational Investigation of Christianity”.

    http://www.angelfire.com/planet/ratinvchr/

    I tried to do a side-by-side comparison of both sides of the more common/ better arguments regarding the truth of Christianity. Like another poster I also am proud of my essay on the Moabite Stone:

    http://www.angelfire.com/planet/ratinvchr/Meshastele.htm

  • http://blog.oldnewatheist.com/ jim coufal

    Adam:

    Early in my blogging career you were kind enough to respond to my request for a little publicity by saying you like for a blog to have been around awhile before plugging it. I’ve been at it since November 2010 posting abut once a week. The blog is http://blog.oldnewatheist.com/, and I suggest three posts as a sampler. “What is An Atheist,: Nov. 18, 2010; “The Catholic church,” Nov. 11, 2010, and WTF, or What’s happening in Americka.”

    I remain on semi-illiterate on the intricacies of blogging, so the link is not “hot.”

    Jim

  • http://www.OklahomaAtheists.com D4M10N

    I’m running the blog and podcast for the Oklahoma Atheists, yet another local group. If you are interested in a possible response (especially for those groups near capital cities) to the National Day of Prayer, check out our most recent material.

  • Paul

    Just an update on the beard front: if you lose, he shaves the beard and brings back the 80′s stache. You must win at all costs. Fight for the cause of beards! They’re much better than that stache…

  • http://othersidereflections.blogspot.com OtherSide

    At the beginning of this year I started a blog, Reflections from the Other Side, to chronicle my reasons for leaving Christianity. I tend to cover topics such as Bible contradictions, the clash between creationism and evolution, identifying and countering cognitive biases, absurd or immoral Christian doctrines, and generally showing why a classical monotheistic God is unlikely. It’d be hard to pick just one post to plug… I’m pretty happy with Why Believers Think Prayer Works, though. I’m also doing two series of posts, one on Jerry Coyne’s book Why Evolution Is True and the other on Bart Ehrman’s Jesus, Interrupted.

    Thanks for the opportunity to advertise. Big fan of your site.

  • Katie M

    You may want to see this-http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/05/now_that_i_have_them_right_whe.php

    via Digital Cuttlefish, lest you think I support PZ ;)


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