January 27 2009

I’m not ignoring you

First off, I’ve gotta point out how awesome it is that people are actually reading this blog, and caring enough to respond to my posts, even though right now my traffic is rather low. I know it takes a long time to build a blog, and it’s even harder when one of your primary foci is a topic that most people don’t agree with.

One of the reasons I blog in the first place is to foster discussion, and to get new (and old) ideas out into the light. I’ve tried to respond when people disagree (or agree) with something I’ve written, but I haven’t been doing a very good job.

Whenever someone posts a comment to this blog, I get an e-mail telling me I have a new comment. Normally. However, it doesn’t always work, as has become obvious to me by how many comments I’ve found that I haven’t read yet. So, as a solution, I found out that Blogger (the site software I use) is set up to allow you to see every comment to your blog in an RSS feed. (Here it is, if you want to track it too.)

In the future, I’ll (hopefully) be much quicker with my responses. If I feel the need to make them, of course.

Also, I’ve added a link to the right so people can contact me directly, in case you want to suggest something or say something private or tell me how much Jesus loves me, or whatever else you want to say.

January 24 2009

Meeting Dan Barker

DSC00842My signed copy of Dan Barker’s book “Godless”. Yes, my real name is Bryan (for those of you who don’t know). 

Last Sunday, I went to a Minnesota Atheists meeting, where Dan Barker (Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, author of the book “Godless”, and former evangelist) was giving a talk.

But before I talk about that, I want to talk about why that’s such a big deal for me.

One of my deepest, darkest secrets (besides being an atheist) is that I’ve been struggling with social anxiety disorder for the past several years, probably longer. It’s not something that I ever talk about, and only a handful of people even know that it’s a problem for me. Most people just think I’m shy and awkward, which of course is also true.

This problem is something I’ve wanted to write about on this blog for a long time, but it’s been very difficult for me (and you’ll find out exactly why if you continue reading). In fact, one of the big reasons why I started this blog was to help me work through my own “issues”. Staying silent hasn’t worked for me, so maybe getting things out in the open will.

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