[Edited in 2018 to add: Unfortunately I’ve had to halt my writings on the Pagan Bloggers portal. After my first two articles for the site were published in 2017, I took a full time freelance writing job, so I no longer had sufficient writing time available. I’m leaving the original entry here for reference.]
I’m pleased to announce that I’m one of the authors who will be writing on the new Pagan-owned-and-operated paganbloggers.com portal. My writings will focus on sacred endarkenment, polytheist monasticism, sacred dance, and dark ambient music. (No surprise there, eh?)
The site launches on March 21 – just a couple of weeks away!
So you’ll soon be able to follow my writings for the Hermitage at paganbloggers.com, on my Patreon, and on Medium. Patrons – even at the $1/month level – will always be notified first whenever I release new work, or when I have announcements to make about the Hermitage.
There’s also a possibility that the Pagan & Polytheist Monasticism discussion group, which has been on Facebook since its inception in September 2016, will be moving its headquarters over to a web forum that will be hosted on the new Pagan Bloggers site. The prospect of that appeals to me for several reasons:
1. The forum would be Pagan-owned and operated, not owned by Facebook.
2. Non-participants could read it, and thereby discover that Pagan & Polytheist monasticism is A Thing. (That’s how I discovered it, after all! I found the Order of the Horae Pagan Monasticism FAQ back in 2006-ish, and the Maetreum of Cybele site around that time as well, and that got me wondering if there might be a place in a Pagan monastery for me one day.)
3. Even older discussion threads would be easily readable for newcomers. On Facebook, new folks have to scroll back a long way to read the early discussions, and few people bother to do this, so a lot of valuable material is being overlooked.
4. It would permit the group to organize photos and files in ways that suit us, rather than remain constrained by Facebook’s methods of organization and file storage.
(I’m particularly frustrated about the way photos are handled on Facebook. We have so many beautiful shrine photos in the group, but they’re rarely seen because they’re hidden away behind a nondescript tab in the sidebar, and when someone adds a new photo to an album, it does not even show up in members’ feeds unless someone comments on it. But if they don’t even see it, they don’t know it’s there to comment on!)
I won’t have details for awhile, as I need to discuss it with the other admins after the Pagan Bloggers launch. But if you’re one of the folks who has been interested in joining or following the monasticism discussion group outside of Facebook, keep an eye out, for you may soon get your wish.