Yes, I think it’s time to get Wannabepriest back in the saddle. For those that are really bad at updating their RSS readers and so have been provided with this blogpost out of the blue after nearly 18 months of silence and a pretty firm decision (at the time) to not blog anymore, I’m back blogging – try not to fall off your chair!
For those discovering this blog for the first time, welcome. I hope you enjoy the musings.
By way of a return, I guess I ought to explain why I put a halt to my blog fairly unceremoniously in the Summer last year and why I have decided now at this juncture to actually get back into it and revive it.
Firstly, why I called a halt. Well, it was a number of reasons really. When I started blogging, I did so really for my own benefit. I enjoyed the space it gave me to think out loud and I came to really appreciate the discussion and feedback that often resulted with commenters that, in turn, informed my own thinking. It was like having a bunch of wise friends able to come inside your head, write a few notes on the whiteboard of your mind and then run out again in a nice, safe, relaxed kind of way. As things moved on, and particularly after I went after one or two decisions in regard to the ongoing situation surrounding the Anglican Communion, particularly this post about the Covenant, this blog seemed to attract a bit more attention.
With that it started to get a bit political. I was being fed information by various parties and I wasn’t entirely comfortable with that notion of being fed stuff to blog about and being asked to be involved in things I didn’t really want to get into. That’s not a criticism of them – the Anglican Communion situation clearly involves a fair amount of politics and someone’s gotta do it and in general I think those people do it very well. I just didn’t feel it was something that was for me even if I do blog about such things from time to time and am concerned about the situation.
The other major thing that happened was that I fell ill with Glandular Fever and was out of action for about six months in all. There were all sorts of things that were supposed to happen just prior to that – I was going to be working on a couple of other resource websites for churches; particularly in regard to worship and a second one on how to use the web well. Sadly, they never came off. My studies were obviously affected as I was still studying at Ridley Hall at the time and ultimately, it seemed that everything pointed towards the blog just being killed off… like some bad soap character. So that is what I did.
However, like all bad soap characters, invariably they make a return at some point. Of course, thankfully I’ve recovered from Glandular Fever now, I’ve even finished up my time at Ridley Hall and, would you believe it, I’ve even been ordained as a deacon and started work as a curate in a parish church. In the midst of all that, I’ve followed various blogs and found myself missing the environment and the opportunity to do my thing within this space. Alongside that, I’m also trying to write a dissertation for my Masters degree and I am missing the arena that I once had to put some of those thoughts down in written form and bounce them around with those that read this blog.
So, I’m back. What’s more I think I’m back for the duration. It’s not going to be an everyday thing – it never was first time around either, but I’ve given it some thought and can see this being of benefit to me long-term so I’m going to commit to making this happen.
I hope that you’ll enjoy reading my thoughts as much as I hope to enjoy writing them down. So here we go again…