6 thoughts on “To Continue or Not?

  1. What if you wrote for another blog? There’s plenty of sites out there, and certainly a need for good, systematic thought. Aletheia, First Things, Patheos, 1 Peter 5, Rorate Caeli, The Catholic Gentleman, Those Catholic Men, Taylor Marshall’s Maccabee Society. I’m sure there’s more out there.

    There’s certainly a wide scope in those I’ve mentioned and beyond, and some are more catered to Joe Everyman than others. But I certainly think you provide good, systematic insight into dogmatic and moral theology, and a syndicated blog could allow you to determine your own level of involvement, reach a larger (possibly wider) audience, and remove the burden of hosting costs.

  2. You might switch to a free site (wordpress or blogspot). The domain will have to be more generic, though, and the commenting functionality might also be a pain. (I have actually quit commenting on a number of blogs because they all began to require different commenting systems — facebook, wordpress, blogger, google, disqus, etc — and I couldn’t remember what the id/pw was for all of them. If you decide to continue on a low-cost or free solution, see if it allows disqus to be used, since that seems to be the best and most universal one.)

  3. Chris, if you were essentially duplicating what I find elsewhere, I’d say save your money. But as your analyses and insights — within my horizon — are unique, I ask you not just to fold up your tent and steal away.

    As for the expense, I confess to being shocked at $500/annum. I used to have a personal site and my expense was $5 a month and some fairly nominal fee — I think $5 a year — to maintain registration of the domain. It may be that you registered the domain name through the hosting company. If so, I’ll be very candid and say that was a mistake. Mistake because the hosting company can hold your domain rights hostage to whatever price they care to charge for the hosting. To an old economist like me, it is a clever way of extracting what we call consumer’s surplus, the excess of value gotten from a good or service above the price paid for it. If the hosting service cannot hold your domain hostage, then they have nothing to distinguish themselves from any competing service and you get to pay little more than it costs them to provide the service.

    All of which is to advise that if you are in the grip of the situation I describe you are better off in the long run if you bite the bullet about your domain name. This may require, however, that you use a hosting site that will not build your web site for you except on payment of a large sum of money, and getting back into the same situation you are in because they will keep the right to host what they code, thus holding your site hostage again.

    The solution is either pay an independent contractor — a nerd working in his parents’ basement — to design and code your site, or buy some software and do it yourself. I did the latter. It was a good deal of trouble, but I constructed a somewhat complicated web site replete with lots of images and password-enabled pages and so on. Your site seems simple enough to be within your capabilities, although the time required may be more than you can or ought to devote to the activity. There’s a point — and it may come sooner rather than later — at which maintaining the site takes away from your core interest, which is theological reflection.

    All best regards and prayer for this turning out well for you — and your readers.

    1. Thanks Lou! It does take time. I have begun, also, turning lecture notes into popular texts. That is, I am in process of doing so. Further down the road, a 2 volume work on Systematic Theology: Introduction to…. This web stuff would require developing skills I don’t have time to develop quickly. I’ll look for a nerd.

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