Today’s something every day moment of happiness: shopping around for a guest blog post. I’ve been looking around for a site that would let me write the occasional blog post. Some of these sites pay writers, but really, I don’t even want the money. For me it’s more about getting experience and getting my ideas out there.
I emailed a medium-size group blog I regularly comment at and asked them if they took guest submissions. I had tried this with a much larger site dedicated to religion/atheism and while I’m still hopeful something might come of it, I also realize that I need more experience to really be viable at sites like that. So I emailed the gang at ThinkChristian.net and got an encouraging email back. I put together a first draft of a short post for their site, reacting to the Pew poll on the rise of nones (people who are either atheists or theists but don’t claim any particular religion). There’s only so much you can say in 600 words, but I was quite pleased with it. I also suggested some other topics including several Tolkien-based ones. (The site focuses on using pop culture as a kind of language to discuss Christianity, which in many ways is right up my ally.
I have an interesting relationship with TC. They are from the Reformed Protestant tradition (think Calvinism) and I’m not, but I’ve never felt unwelcome on that count. For a while I actually didn’t comment or read there because I disagreed with their “no such thing as secular” tag line. I don’t know whether I’ve mellowed out a bit in my old age (ha!) or if I just interpret that line differently than I once did, but it bothers me a lot less these days than it once did. It seems less about saying everyone has to be religious and more about saying there’s nothing a religious person can’t find inspiration in. Given two different people can read the same scene in different ways, that’s not the same thing as saying you can’t be a good American or a good person unless you’re a Christian.
More to the point, though, TC has always taken me seriously and they have good dialogue between people who don’t necessarily all believe the same thing. Since being a philosopher means engaging in a conversation and finding wisdom together, I think that “good conversation” is more important to me than having people come at things from the same vantage point as me. I hope they let me write a post or two, but even if they don’t, it was fun to imagine how I could contribute, given the chance. Just dreaming and hoping feels good.
Also: am I the only one who thinks the “nones on a bus” pun has been criminally underused since that survey came out? Maybe I’m just reading the wrong site, but that’s a pun just begging to be made here…
Also #2: Political meta-humor for the win. I can’t remember if I posted this here or not. Even if I have shared it before, it seems worth sharing again.