A while back, I stumbled onto Lindsey Kirth‘s blog and have remained a reader to this day. I think it’s far and away the most entertaining personal blog I read each day.
I asked Lindsey to post on this site because I hoped some of her humor would translate to discussing religion. I had no idea what her religious affiliation was when I asked; it didn’t really matter to me. When she told me she was a Mormon, we talked about possible post topics. I think it was courageous of her to try explaining Mormonism from an insider’s perspective — knowing full well that her beliefs would be thoroughly challenged by readers. Judging from some of the comments, though, many of you didn’t want any part of that dialogue. And some of you are just plain rude. Lindsey let me know she has decided to discontinue any regular sort of posting over here. (Though I may ask her to guest post once in a while.)
As for any deleted posts, all the contributors to this site have the flexibility to post as they wish and control which of their writings are on the site. If they change or delete their postings, it’s their own decision.
Also, I saw this comment regarding my lack of responding to the discussion:
If you have the time to post new items continuously, do you think, perhaps, just maybe, you might respond where your response is actively being requested?
There are a couple reasons I didn’t respond to the posts…
1) I receive all comments people make to my own postings. I don’t receive comments made on posts by Mike, Richard, or Lindsey. Unless I check them out directly, I don’t necessarily keep track of those discussions. It’s something I’ll fix. In any case, I simply wasn’t aware that people were requesting a response from me on Lindsey’s postings. My fault entirely.2) The other main reason was nailed by Bjorn:
… My guess is that Hemant, who has a full time job teaching kids how to cipher, on top of grad school, has little time to monkey with the day to day of the site, but rather power blog a whole bunch when time allows, and schedules the release of posts for a later time.
That’s pretty much it. Most posts on this site are written the previous night. I don’t do any writing for the site between 5:30 am when I wake up and 5:00 pm when I tend to get home. If any $#!& goes down on this site while I’m teaching, it won’t be addressed till at least that evening (except for a few rare exceptions).
I’m hoping there will be other contributors in the future and the conversations continue
It’s still amazing to me that certain things on this site get people so riled up. But I guess that means they’re paying attention, which is not always a bad problem to have in this medium.