Monday, March 15, 2010

So Long To "A Word in Edgewise"

Time to close the pages on this chapter. It's been a fun ride for sure, but as most of you know, I've decided to pack things up and move to a new location/site.

In my last post I mentioned wanting to have a site where I would feel comfortable inviting anyone I know to come by and read, even a pastor from church. GSAP!!! That raised a few questions from some of you. (Thank you for the comments and emails)

I just wanted to clear the air about the "anyone" reading part and a couple of other things that were mentioned.

Like some of you may have contemplated doing, I thought of putting together a place where no one I know in "real life" would know about. There I could say anything I wanted to without fear of having to answer to it later. In essence I could be anonymous,  a chameleon. That does have an appealing aspect to it for sure, but the more I thought about it, the more this thing called being a Christian kept nudging at me. Let me splain...

One of the things that has turned me off to so called Christians on more than one occasion has been a little thing called hypocrisy. Claiming or preaching one set of standards while living by another. Or... portraying to be a certain type of person while in the presence of one group of individuals, while being totally different around others.

As I looked over my previous posts I came to the realization that I wouldn't feel comfortable sharing a few of them with just everybody in my webs of relationships. By and large I don't think I'd worry about 99% of them, but it was that one percent that was bugging me. Case in point: A couple of posts back... I saw a cactus that made me think, "Now there's a limp prick." Was it funny? Yeah I think so, but would I have said that in front of one of the pastors at church? Not likely.

So went the rub. Why would I say something here on my blog that I wouldn't say to a guy from church?

OK, so does this mean I'll never say anything offensive again. I'm quite sure the answer to that is no (Welcome to being human), but maybe it means I can at least try a bit harder to watch myself in this venue

Also, it does not mean I'm turning into some hollier than thou type. There are far too many of those individuals who have their head firmly planted in the sand running around. 

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One other thing that came up in an email was: Perhaps I was worried about what someone I know might read in the comment section. Trust me, censoring what any of you have to say is not my intention. As I have maintained all along and will continue to do with the new site, the only comments I will remove are spam or hate filled ones. The later I fortunately have never encountered from anyone.

(I have done away with anonymous comments though. I was getting spammed on a semi-regular basis and it was driving me batty.) 

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I mentioned that the things I've said/written about in the past are all a part of who I am. It was asked of me, "If these things are all a part of you, then why change?"

I don't really plan on changing the type of posts I write or even the style in which I write them, just some word choices and overall content. In other words, I'll still be the same nut job I've always been. (You'll understand when you see the title of the new blog.) The change is simply (hopefully) an outward way of expressing the same person I am.

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OK, over analyzed enough? Yeah, I thought so. Bottom line...I'm just having a do over.

So without further ado, The new blog is going to be called "Running With Scissors" and can be found here. Or, if you prefer to copy and paste it in your menu bar, http://runningw-scissors.blogspot.com/

Thank you all for spending time with me here over the past couple of years, and I hope to see you at the new digs. Your friendship has and will continue to be of great value and inspiration to me and your comments are what keeps me wanting to keep posting.

14 comments:

Desert Songbird said...

I'm trying to leave a comment on your new blog, and the window won't pop up! I can't leave a comment - waaaaaaa!

Jeff B said...

Songbird- Just updated it. It should work now.

Travis said...

I'll follow over to the new blog. I'll be honest and admit that I don't understand the reasoning. But that's not important.

You're a good man, Jeff. Don't ever let anyone convince you otherwise. Especially, don't let you convince yourself otherwise.

See you at the new place.

Jeff B said...

Travis- Don't worry, you're not the only one to wonder why I'm changing things up.

No one's called me out on anything I've done or said. I just want to keep growing in my relationships with people.

Thumbelina said...

Jeff - see you at the new place. As I said before - I totally understand and I "take my hat of to you" / commend you (whichever seems less patronising) for being a 100% all-the-time Christian. I totally am with you on that.

Although I am somewhat anonymous, my reason was more to do with a bit of a stalker who lives up the road. It was getting tiresome. :0/

So the only thing that is left to say is bon voyage - and see you at your new place. :0)

Mel said...

((((((((((( Jeff ))))))))))))))

Happy belated birthday!

And Happy new weblog to you!

Anndi said...

I get it.

Bond said...

oK, just let me know if I can link the new place OK?

Akelamalu said...

Well whatever your reasons I'm glad I'm invited to your new place. :)

Gene Bach said...

What do you mean "no hate filled posts" anyway? I hate you and I post comments. Guess I'll have to try harder in the future.

By the way, you still suck.

nitebyrd said...

Thanks, Jeff!

jennifer said...

I'm going over to check out your new site.

I understand. Sometimes I run things by my husband before I post it. He has always assured me that I stay within reasonable boundaries. But maybe sometimes, just keeping it between the lines isn't enough.

(I cracked up at the cactus picture and I don't think God was mad at me for that *grins*)

Sandee said...

You made me spew water all over my monitor over at Sarge Charlies. Just saying. :)

Mike Golch said...

Jeff,sorry that I have not been here for a while.I have been having a really rought time of things.I will add you new blog to my Blog Roll of Honr and visit when I can.