It's no secret I've neglected my blog for awhile. But until recently, I didn't share the reason why. I had to put a halt to all my blogging, cartooning, and animation so I could finally finish writing my book, Unchurching: Christianity Without Churchianity. The only reason I didn't talk about the book while I was working on it was because I didn't know if I actually had what it would take to finish it.
You see, I've actually been working on this book (off and on) for the past fifteen years. But recently, it became painfully obvious that it was never going to see the light of day, unless I stopped everything else and focused 100% of my effort on the book. So that's what I did. And I'm delighted to say, at long last, Unchurching is finished! Hence, the rebranding of my site and all my social media to Unchurching as well.
With this task finally behind me, I suppose I could return to blogging and making animations all the time. I've definitely missed doing that. But as I look ahead at all the work it will take to get the word out about the book, it's clear I need quit trying to be a blogger with a book, and attempt to become an author with a blog. What's the difference? Mostly, it's about how I prioritize my time.
That's another reason I retooled my site. Instead of being a blog-centric site that only mentions my other work as an afterthought, I wanted to put my book and its supporting podcast front-and-center. The only real downside of redoing my site is losing all the comments from my original blog posts. However, I'm definitely going to archive all those great conversations before I turn the lights off on the old place.
Just to be clear, I still plan to make occasional animations and I also plan to leave occasional updates here on this new blog. But I fully intend to spend the bulk of my time spreading the word about my book and building an online community with everyone on my mailing list. (That's something else I've neglected to do very well, until now.)
For those who don't know: the main goal of the mailing list is to collect names and email addresses of everyone who is looking for genuine church community, outside the box. Once enough people sign up and we reach a tipping point, I want to turn this site into a resource for unchurching believers to find one another. That's my pie-in-the-sky dream, of course. Whether or not it actually comes to fruition (and how quickly) is entirely up to you guys.
If my book, videos, cartoons and/or podcast have struck a chord with you, I hope you'll sign up for my mailing list and persuade all your friends to sign up too. I'm fully convinced there's about to be a tectonic shift in the way today's believers view and do church. I sincerely think this is God's plan. Personally, selfishly, I want to see it happen in my own lifetime. If you do too, I hope you'll help spread the word about Unchurching.