O Me of Little Faith

O Me of Little Faith


Farewell, O Me of Little Faith

posted by Jason Boyett

You said you had a big announcement coming today. What is it?

The announcement is this: Right now you are reading the final post on this blog. Ever.

Ever?

Ever.

So you’re shutting this blog down?

Well, I’m going to stop writing any new posts for it. But the blog will still be here. There’s no deletion or anything. If, at some date in the future, you want to know some stuff about Harold Camping or what I think about the “Farewell, Rob Bell” carnival and/or Love Wins or why one of the most controversial things I did was when I blogged about taking back a snap judgment, you will always be able to find those posts. As long as Beliefnet stays around, I guess.

Well, that’s good news. Because I like to start each day by reading your “Family Portraits with Jesus” post.

That’s weird.

So are those photos.

You might also want to browse through the archived Conversions series and “Voices of Doubt” posts. People seemed to like those.

Why are you shutting down the blog?

Three reasons. The first is that I started this blog — in fact, I joined up here at Bnet — around the time O Me of Little Faith released. I wanted to support the release of the book by blogging about it. So I did. That was last May, and it’s been a year. No one wants to spend his or her entire life writing about doubt, so it seemed a good time to bring this season to a close.

What’s the second reason?

Being a religious blogger is tiresome. I love religion and theology and all those things, but it’s such a divisive topic. Regardless of what you say, people start yelling.

You don’t like when people yell?

I don’t mind the yelling in general — bloggers need to develop a thick skin for that kind of stuff — but there comes a point when I’ve begun to wonder if it’s doing any good. A friend of mine on Facebook compared religious chatter with a dog she used to know who barked non-stop at the wind. THE WIND. Sometimes religious blogging feels like a big pile of barking at the wind. All light and no heat. (To mix metaphors extravagantly.)

At any rate, I’m not just closing the door on doubt-blogging but blogging about religion in general. It’s probably not permanent, but I need a break from it. I’ll keep doing some stuff at FaithVillage and will likely contribute to On Faith on an infrequent basis, but not so much here at Beliefnet.

And…

And…now you can commence with the weeping?

No one’s weeping. You said there were three reasons. You’ve only listed two.

Oh. The third reason is that I’m starting a new blog.

Your personal blog at jasonboyett.com? That’s not news.

No, not that one. It’ll stay around, though. Actually, I’m starting a new blog about an entirely new subject.

Cats? Ferrets? Michael Bublé being stalked by a velociraptor?

No. It’s about fatherhood.

Gasp. A daddy blog?

Well, it’s about being a dad and a writer. My kids are almost too old to call me “daddy.” Instead, they call me “Captain.”

I’ve never read a Captain blog before. Is that a Star Trek reference?

I’m just kidding about the Captain thing. The new blog is called Dadequate: Ordinary Adventures of a Write-Brained Dad.

What’s it about?

Me. Being a dad. Thoughts on dad stuff. Things I try to do. Miscellaneous daddage. And maybe some writing-related stuff, based on the subtitle.

Why the fatherhood topic?

Because blogs are only good when you’re passionate about the subject. And you know what I’m passionate about at this stage in my life? It’s being a good dad.

And ferrets. Don’t forget ferrets.

True, but ferret blogs are a dime a dozen. Also, there are bajillions of mommy blogs in the world but a much smaller number of fatherhood blogs. Beliefnet and I thought it would be a good fit.

Ugh. You’re staying at Beliefnet? Everyone hates those ads, remember?

Yes, but the new leadership at Bnet are good people and they are working hard to make it a better destination online, including making the ads less intrusive. I am cautiously optimistic.

When does the new blog start?

Today. Here’s Dadequate.

Do you have any closing thoughts?

Just that I’m very grateful for so many readers who created a fun, fulfilling community here at OMOLF. I loved getting to know you and sharing your stories. The thing I’m proudest of is having created a safe place for people (including believers and non-theists alike) to ask hard questions, explore the topic of faith and religion, and be encouraged. I’ll miss that.

But I hope you’ll follow me to the new blog, even if you’re not a dad. If you do, you’ll probably get to know me a bit better.

Will the new blog have self-interviews?

Of course. Why would it not?

Watch it, buddy. I’m the one asking questions here.

Fine. See you at Dadequate.

 



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Shawn Smucker

posted June 1, 2011 at 6:52 am


Good luck with your new blog, Jason.

When I first read the title of this blog, I thought Piper had hacked his way into the system.



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Ken Grant

posted June 1, 2011 at 9:58 am


Awesome transition – can’t wait to dive into the new blog



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Matt @ The Church of No People

posted June 1, 2011 at 10:10 am


Looking forward to the new blog, Jason!



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Felicity

posted June 1, 2011 at 11:57 am


This is awesome. I can’t wait to read the new stuff, and send dads your way. I’ve always thought your parenting skills were blog worthy material and the importance of a good father cannot be overestimated.



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Susie Finkbeiner

posted June 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm


I’m really excited about this move, Jason! I think this is a really good idea.



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LSaik

posted June 2, 2011 at 1:05 am


I love the self interviews… they never fail to make me smile!



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Tara Burton

posted June 2, 2011 at 7:39 am


Just started reading your blog right around the whole “Harold Camping” thing. Have really enjoyed what you write and look forward to checking our your daddy blog :)



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Dave C

posted June 2, 2011 at 8:08 am


Thanks Jason, see you in the funny-papers. ;)



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Louise Kelly

posted June 2, 2011 at 11:25 am


Hi Jason!

I just recently found your religion blog and really liked it, so I’m sorry to arrive just as you are moving on. I can completely understand wanting to switch to something new, but I would challenge your assessment that your blog didn’t make a difference. It seems to me that there are not nearly enough folks out there who are trying to find a middle ground on religious issues. There are even fewer who do so with flair and a sense of humor.So by being one of those few voices, you HAVE made a difference. However, I agree that ultimately you have to write about what you are passionate about, so I can fully understand (as a mother of three young kids) why writing about being a Dad would be an inspiring topic. The one thought I had for you is that perhaps at times you will find that your new focus (Daddyhood) overlaps with your old focus. If and when that happens, I hope you’ll consider publishing posts that combine the two subjects….

Oh and fyi – from reading your Dadequate posts -PLEASE don’t ignore those trampoline warnings. My daughter broke her arm on our trampoline and my sons have hurt their necks doing flips. That’s the difference between the overprotective mommy blogger and the dad blogger….
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Jason Boyett

posted June 2, 2011 at 11:44 am


Louise: Thanks for the kind words. While the post may have implied that I was despairing at having not made a difference, I do understand the value of providing a safe, middle ground. Knowing that was why I kept at it for so long even after tiring of the subject matter. But thank you for the encouragement. Sorry you found the blog so late in its lifespan…but feel free to dig into the archives! Most of the doubt blogging began in May 2010.

As for the potential overlap, yes, it may happen. But I’m not sure I will begin observing the trampoline warning labels. Instead, I will teach my children to perform safe flips on the trampoline, which is surrounded by a net to keep them from flying off.



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~steveT

posted June 3, 2011 at 2:28 am


Thanks, Jason. I’ve really appreciated much of what you’ve shared here. Seriously….no. I actually mean it. There you go again…..doubting.

Go write another good book.

~steveT



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barneyoh

posted June 3, 2011 at 7:35 am


What no prayer to confirm that what you want to do anyways is the correct thing to do? Just quiting the blog on your own(for selfish reasons) without the obligatory checking in upstairs. What kind of a Christian are you?



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vanilla

posted June 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm


Thanks for the journey. But I’ll be along to monitor your parenting.



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mona

posted June 28, 2011 at 12:33 am


Just found your blog… oh well. I enjoyed your self-dialogue, so thought you might be interested in my “dialogues” with myself in the character of Jesus. Not satire, real dialogue, but some humor is involved. Worth a look, I think.

Good luck with daddying.



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Toni Star

posted July 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm


This is my first time to this blog. Looks like you’ve done well. I wish you the best on your new blog. I understand the reasoning why you’re moving on.

Best wishes..

Toni Star



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