Hanging up my blogging boots

Hope you had a blessed Lent and Easter.

I enjoyed my Lenten blogging break a little too much.

The break afforded me a lovely opportunity to indulge some of my other interests, and not reading blogs and news feeds and controversies and persecutions and so forth, actually precipitated an unexpected buoyancy of mood.

The break reminded me how much of my spare time is consumed in the blogging endeavour, squeezing out  time to pursue other activities and interests.

What I’m trying to say is the time has come for me to bow out of the blogosphere. This isn’t a snap decision but one I have pondered at length.

It has been a marvelous four years in which I have blogged nearly every day and sometimes multiple times a day. I’ve met some great folk, both in person and virtually. My own faith has been transformed through the many conversations, dueling, and patient reasoning of good cyber folk.

The landscape of the Christian blogosphere has changed somewhat over the last four years, with the loss of some superb thinkers; thankfully, swiftly replaced with many more of the same. There are now more ‘specialised’ bloggers focusing on such diverse topics as: law, politics, mental health, statistics, philosophy, ethics, medical, disability, foreign policy, humour, and so on, from  a Christian vantage.

I often wished I were knowledgeable enough on a particular topic to have a specialised area within which to write, but have been prone to flitting from subject to subject at a shallower level than my contemporaries. This has both advantages and disadvantages. I can honestly say I never blogged from a position of authority on any topic, but sought more to transparently share my own journey, revelations, fascinations and learning, be that for good or ill.

I have blogged in all mood states, which I’m somewhat painfully aware is quite exposing for someone with an abnormal mind and personality. But I took the risk and am glad I did so.

I will still be contactable on Twitter; however, my ‘handle’ has now changed from eChurchBlog to ChiefMentalist – far more fitting I’m sure you will agree.

I bid the blogosphere farewell and hope I meet you all on the other side.

In Jesus, as always - Stuart x

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23 Responses to “Hanging up my blogging boots”

  1. Archbishop Cranmer Says:

    His Grace is sorry to hear this news. You were a refreshingly level-headed and wholesome spiritual presence in the Blogosphere, with a fine analytical mind tempered with gentleness. You will be missed.

    Blessings,

    ++Cranmer

  2. Lazarus Says:

    Sorry to hear you’re quitting the blogosphere, but I quite understand your reasons. Thanks you for all your work over the years. May God bless you and your family!

  3. Roger Pearse Says:

    Probably wise. Blogging eats time. And, in the end, is there very much to show for it?

  4. Nic Doye Says:

    Sorry to hear that Stuart, but totally understandable. Thanks for all the work over the years.

  5. Paul Priest Says:

    It’s not possible for you to leave the blogosphere – because your influence, insight, resources and link-forming and friendship-making, diligent concern and overwhelming sincerity for the Faith and the faithful has gone beyond anything in your control.
    It’s out there in cyberspace till the apocalypse and if you chased it all your life you couldn’t catch it
    But your physical absence will change the background music irrevocably..the band will play on but every note will remind us you’re not there…
    Thank God for you and Caral
    …and God bless you always.

  6. Ben Trovato Says:

    I am sorry to read this, but admire the courage (and I suspect wisdom) of this decision, thank you for all you have done in the past, and wish you every blessing in the future.

  7. Jane Chelliah Says:

    Stuart, I have really enjoyed reading your blog and felt that I had an ally over welfare reform. I am sorry that you won’t be blogging anymore because you always had such wisdom to impact.

  8. Goy Says:

    Farewell.

  9. David Pocklington Says:

    Stuart, we are sorry to hear of your decision to leave the Blogosphere, but appreciate the demands that four years blogging must have imposed. Even with two contributors, we have found the past nine months quite time consuming, and though in a niche area, often find ourselves “flitting from subject to subject” as the interest in different subjects arises. However, there is always room for a blog such as yours to put specialized blogs in context, and we hope that at some time you consider posting again.
    DavidP

  10. P.D. Says:

    A good decision. As I said to you recently, I think the halcyon days of blogging are long over and now many are just a vehicle for crackpots and the politically disenfranchised who can’t get their odious (and often dangerous) political and social views broadcast by any other medium. What’s more, I’ve noted that few of my friends have ever heard of blogs! I think only a tiny proportion of the internet using public actually read them – and if you notice, on many blogs, over time the people commenting actually change with fairly rapid regularity – and many of those are just as weird as authors of the blogs.

    I sometimes think the nasty adage ‘Those who can do, those who can’t teach…’ can be applied to much in the blogging sphere: ‘Those who can, lead their lives in all its richness and with all its challenges – happey to live and let live; those who don’t and can’t, write blogs…’. I don’t think that would have been true a few years ago, but I think it is becoming true now…

    Ephesians 5:14..! I’m glad you’re moving on – and like you, I am staying well away from blogs from now on.

    It has been a pleasure to pass-by here…

    P.D.

  11. Sue Says:

    Goodbye and I will certainly miss you!
    I have found it difficult to blog, and certainly to blog well, given work demands this year, and may well cease or scale down blogging. I wish you well whether you never blog again or whether you do decide to return. Blessings!

  12. Gillan @ God and Politics in the UK Says:

    Have been away from the web for a few days, so apologies for not leaving a comment sooner.

    Thank you Stuart for everything you have given so many of us over the last few years through this website. You truly are one of my blogging heroes. I have to admit that I’m not surprised by your decision. I’ve felt it was on the cards for some time now and I hope you thoroughly enjoy getting your life back.

    I want to offer a personal thank you too for all you’ve given me over the last year or so. Your advice and support has been invaluable and I feel that I can call you a true friend even though I am yet to meet you in person. Hopefully that will come one day. May God bless you on the next step in your journey.

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  14. Phil Groom Says:

    Missing you already. Well, sort of… haven’t been blogging/commenting much myself recently, just seems to take up too much time for too little gain (and all too often too much aggro).

    Anyhow, thanks for what you’ve given us here; see you in the twittersphere :)

  15. Annmarie Miles Says:

    With a heavy heart I’ll go take you off my blogroll ;(
    Glad you’ll still be around on Twitter tho!

  16. Archdruid Eileen Says:

    Thanks for your contribution to the world of Christian blogging. Take care and have a good rest.

  17. The Church Mouse Says:

    Thank you for all your blogging. Mouse will miss it.

  18. Audiogeist Says:

    Sorry to see you go! But glad you’re doing what makes you happy :)

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  21. Anthony S. Layne Says:

    Take care and God bless, Stuart.

  22. Iggy Says:

    God bless you Stu! Take care of yourself.

  23. manic street preacher Says:

    Sorry to weigh in so late, Stuart. But these days I do not read blogs very often, and write my own even less.

    I understand your decision to retire completely after I went through my own “blogger’s cold turkey” three years ago when I suddenly realised that it had come at the expense of my personal life; I was caring more about the people and subjects I was writing about and neglecting those which affected me directly.

    The problem with blogs is that more people want to write them than read them and they become more of a personal outlet of emotion rather than actually contributing anything relevant to public debate. While I read plenty of good writers who deserved their own book deals, equally I came across plenty of trolls who were immune to reason and had no desire to engage in proper debate.

    In retrospect, I think I stopped blogging at the right time before many of my online heroes reversed their positions or morphed into bile spewing trolls that I once loathed.

    If I ever return to public writing again, it will be as a “serious” writer (they say everyone has at least one book inside them) and I hope I can be as original as my literary heroes, rather than just riffing on them.

    Best regards and good luck with your new blog.

    MSP

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