Text Messages

Text Messages

The Last Text Message

Today is my last day with Beliefnet, and my last day as the author of this blog. The Text Messages archives will remain live at this location, but posting will cease. 
If that sounds gloomy, it’s an accurate reflection of my mind this afternoon. I’ve chosen to pursue new opportunities, but I’m not without pangs of regret. I’ve loved the conversation on this blog, loved sharing my interests with you, and most importantly, loved my tenure as an editor for Beliefnet. I’ve worked here for three years, which I’m told is an eternity in online media, but it felt like a spark. (It’s also not an eternity for Beliefnet–good people tend to stick around this place, not least because there are so many good people who work here.) 
I’m tempted to link to my favorite interviews, essays, blog posts, videos and feature packages I’ve had the pleasure of developing during my time here. But I’d rather point forward. If you like this blog, I hope you’ll follow the rich conversations that are happening at Jesus Creed and The New Christians, Crunchy Con and Idol Chatter. I love Steven Waldman’s blog, too, and Therese Borchard’s, and the Blogalogue, and the entire slate of voices Beliefnet is developing. Stay tuned. 
Also keep an eye on Beliefnet’s Christian channel, and the soon-to-be-transformed community site. Good stuff all around. 
Me? Well, I’ve a PhD to complete, and (in related news) a book on Christianity, violence, and Hollywood. New projects abound, with fingers crossed. 
I can be reached at pattondodd (at) gmail dot com. 
Thanks for reading, and thanks especially to Beliefnet. 
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posted February 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Thank you, congratulations, miss you, et al, my friend. It’s been a joy to partake in your meanderings. Hopefully, if we’re lucky, those meanderings can take place more often now over coffee or beer as opposed to cyberspace. Much love.

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posted February 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Sorry to hear this Patton, as I’ve just begun reading. I’ll have to follow you on Twitter to see where you land : ) blessings~

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posted February 5, 2009 at 8:51 am

will be looking for you!

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posted February 5, 2009 at 9:16 am

Good luck!

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Ian Eastman

posted February 5, 2009 at 11:16 am

Sorry to hear that you’re leaving. I have really enjoyed Text Messages and your book “My Faith So Far.” Thanks and best of luck in the future!

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Nick Rogers

posted February 5, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Best of luck with your new endeavors. I will miss not reading you posts during my lunch breaks. ~Nick

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posted February 5, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Ah, I figured this post would be coming soon.
Well, I raise my glass to you Patton.
I pray that Beliefnet can find some more talented people to fill the giant hole that I’m sure will be left by your departure. … but nothing can quite replace Patton Dodd.
But Beliefnet is doing excellent things and I’m sure will continue to for many years to come.
We all look forward to what lies ahead for you.
To the future.

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Chris M.

posted February 5, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Thanks so much for providing a consistently thoughtful and enlightening blog. Good luck!

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Rachel P

posted February 5, 2009 at 7:18 pm

I’ll certainly miss the daily installments of thoughtful words, Patton, but I’m confident that you’ll use your time wisely and find a way to send us, your admiring fans, your good ideas from wherever you end up…. Thanks!

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posted February 5, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Awww Patton; Say it ain’t so! Sad panda… T_T
In all seriousness; I wish you the best of luck and a bright future. I’ve just done a major move in my “e-life” so I know how hard it can be. Don’t be a stranger here, alright? ^_^
“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.” ~~Jedi Master Yoda, SW VI: RotJ

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posted February 7, 2009 at 6:40 am


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Brandon Andress

posted September 22, 2011 at 9:58 am

best of luck…

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