This blog wasn’t my idea. I don’t think many readers know that.
I had just graduated from seminary with a degree that I didn’t want to use in a church job when a close friend from New Jersey dropped me an email. We had been living pretty far apart for a few years, and a move to Vermont loomed on the horizon for me. Our mornings discussing theology at diners were sadly a thing of the past, but he had set up this blog called inamirrordimly.com to keep our discussions going.
In the early days back in 2005, we both posted on the site. Then my friend’s busy work schedule ate up all of his writing time. I was still in full-blown ministry/church/career crisis mode. This blog became my therapist. I dumped everything here. It got ranty and preachy more than I would have liked.
After releasing my first book Coffeehouse Theology, I started moving the blog more toward issues of discipleship and Bible study without delving directly into more academic theology, systematics, or philosophy. I envisioned this blog to be a place that made solid Bible study and theology accessible and practical for people who want to follow Jesus.
Around 2010 I also had a strong sense that God was calling me to serve and help other writers. I’d only published one book commercially, so I didn’t think I could serve others as an expert. I also didn’t know how to do that as part of this blog that was more focused on making theology accessible.
In a sense, I’ve lived a double calling here since then. I published A Path to Publishing and organized the Renew and Refine Retreat for writers. I also kept publishing practical Bible study/theology books: Hazardous, Unfollowers, The Good News of Revelation, and A Christian Survival Guide.
Over the past few years my blog topics at inamirrordimly.com have started shifting more toward prayer and writing, even if I still weigh in on something I’ve learned through studying scripture or praying the hours. My writing has shifted enough that this blog doesn’t quite fit where I sense myself going personally. I’ve also grown a bit weary of writing about theology in an increasingly fractured evangelical subculture.
I’m not shutting things down here. I’m not even saying that I’m done here. I just need a break. I need a year to sort out where this blog fits and whether it should be a part of my writing ministry moving forward.
Here’s the plan…
I’m moving my blogging over to my writer site: www.edcyzewski.com. Having a blog under my own name gives me some flexibility to explore topics outside of the narrow realm of “theology” without feeling like I’m pulling a bait and switch on my readers. If anything, this new site gives me the freedom I need to evolve as a writer.
As most writers can tell you, sometimes you just need to write that “draft” and see where it takes you.
If you’ve been reading www.inamirrordimly.com over the past few years, you won’t notice a major change at the www.edcyzewski.com site. If anything, I’m publicly owning a shift that has already taken place. The biggest change will be the periodic post about writing or a promotion for people exploring publishing. The content about prayer, discipleship, and Bible study will remain.
I am deeply grateful that you’ve been a part of my blogging and book publishing journey. I’m as committed to serving the church and fellow writers through my blogging as ever, and I would love for you to join me at my place. If you subscribed through Feedblitz, I’ve already migrated you over to my new email RSS feed through MailChimp. Check your “promotions” folder if you haven’t received an email for a while.
Thanks for your time! I’ll see you at the new blog!