I racked my brain to try to come up with something to top last year’s April fool’s post, and my imagination failed me. Maybe I can do better next year.
However, today does mark the two year anniversary of this blog. This blog has evolved and gone through various stages. I never expected it to end up becoming what it has become, and I’m rather curious to see how it will evolve in the future.
The first year was one of experimentation. I get a chuckle when I think of my writing Jason Pitzl-Waters when I first came on board here at Patheos to introduce myself. He must have been thinking “Who in Hades is this?” He’s pretty consistently been the one person I can count on to tell me when I’ve lost my cotton-pickin’ mind. (Not to be confused with my pea-pickin’ heart.)
Rough as the first year was, I think the second year was a bit rougher. While my writing gained a bit more polish my perspective got a bit dark and grim for even my own taste. It’s led me to make some pretty dramatic changes in my personal life, and I’m beginning to reach a place where I have more peace and stability. That’s pretty huge for me personally.
So in reviewing this blog’s past, and in consideration of my improved personal life, I’m tasked with envisioning this blog’s future. And not just this blog, but the rest of the Patheos Pagan Portal as well. I’ve come to realize that as much as I like exercising my cotton-pickin’ mind, what the future needs more of is my pea-pickin’ heart. Less cereberality and more spirituality.
So I want to thank all my readers. Blogs don’t work without readers, and you’ve shaped this blog every bit as much as I have. We’ve had an interesting ride these past two years, and I have no doubt the next year will be just as fascinating.
That’s all I have to say today. I began here as an opinionated nobody, and I’m glad to say that today I’m a wiser, more polished opinionated nobody.
Be sure to check out the new articles over on Agora:
Sunweaver gives us a Hellenic look at pregnancy.
B.T. Newberg’s monthly column explores Earth Day among other April-ish things.
Jason Mankey explores the Pagan origins of Easter customs.
Over on the Catholic portal one of the most staunchly conservative bloggers has chosen this auspicious day to announce his conversion to Scientology.
And because I can’t bear an April 1st post without a bit of funny in it, enjoy some Antsy McClain: