Miniblog #334: Announcing a Significant Shift Here at “Musings of a Hardlining Moderate”
The time has come for a significant thematic shift here at Musings of a Hardlining Moderate. When this blog began back in 2009, I wrote a great deal about ideas and my cognitive life. Relatively little was written about emotions and my personal life. Somewhere along the way the focus got inverted. Over the past year, in particular, I’ve written more than a few painful posts.11.They explained why my ordination was twice cancelled at the least minute, why I’m estranged from my only brother, how childhood rape has impacted my life, what it was like to watch grandpa die in hospice care, and so forth. Epic, emotive stuff. The reason I kept cranking ‘em out was two-fold. First, it was a healthy coping strategy. It was a good and productive way of working through my thoughts and feelings. Second, it became a form of ministry to others. How many wounded people did I hear back from who felt alone in the same situations? By reading my posts they found the courage to seek help and work though those kinds of experiences.2.That sort of transparency was and remains a principled part of my life and ministry. That has not changed. Those posts made more than a few people uncomfortable, but the truth is that I have no regrets in writing them.2 At the same time,33.Not “But.” over the past six weeks or so made a conscious decision to double down on my INTPness in the way I’m living my life.44.That is, I’m relearning to carefully guard emotional energy while freely unleashing mental energy. I’ve already made great strides in the rest of my life. It’s time for my blog to follow suit. There are four things I’d like to briefly clarify in closing. First, this shift is premised upon a discerning principle rather than an absolute rule.55.In other words, if the situation arises I may write a post like that here and there. Second, I’d like to reiterate this is a return to this blog’s roots of wrestling through ideas. Third, for me such posts are far more life-giving.66.And, truth be known, they get better traffic. Finally, regular readers should know that there may be a temporary drop-off in production as I get back in the saddle.77.It really requires a real mental shift.