This Post Is Not A Prank

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:


My Hopes For The Future of Paganism
Practical Polytheism: A Review of Devotio Antinoo
Third Parties, Choices, and Our Place In Paganism (and the World)
Learning New Steps To Dance
About Star Foster

Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • Guest

    The link to the catholic portal does not work.

  • Star Foster

     Thanks for the heads up! Fixed now!

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    Thank you for two excellent years of work, Star!  Your activities here have been an incredibly useful and wonderful thing to have in my life, and I’m very happy for all of the ways I’ve been able to add to your own efforts here as a columnist.  May you continue to inspire and bring your good self (and your bad self–and I mean “bad self” in the best possible manner!) into the world through this particular medium, and may all of your gods favor your own work and shower their blessings upon us through you!

  • Star Foster

     Thanks Lupus! (I always want to call you Sufenas Virius because it seems more proper….)

    One of the best things about working at Patheos is getting to work with you!

  • Aidan Kelly


    I’ve enjoyed your blog very much, and would like to be able to do something like this myself.  I do have some fairly well-informed opinions, as well as a great capacity for p***ing people off, sometimes by being politically incorrect, sometimes by stating facts that some people would much rather ignore.

    My problem is that I am 71 and rather a technological klutz. I have no idea how to set something like this up or even where to look for the needed information. Could you possibly (in your copious free time, of course) give me a quick clue on how to get started? I would be very grateful for that.


  • Star Foster

     Thanks! I shot you an e-mail. The technical aspect is easy once you get used to it.