The conventional wisdom is that every writer needs a platform. I don’t know who decided to use the word “platform”; it’s totally unintuitive to me. It means the network of people who already have some kind of relationship with you and are likely to be interested in what you have to say and what you write. I prefer writer and coach Jeff Goins’ term “tribe.” A tribe is “a group of dedicated fans that supports your work and helps your message spread.” (Every Writer Needs a Tribe).
My tribe is kind of small: a few friends, some former co-workers, my family. As a writer, I’d like it to be larger, because I believe that I have things to say that are worth sharing with others. And so it is that I have finally gotten around to creating a blog. I want it to be a hub around which I can reach out to my tribe, most of whom I haven’t discovered yet.
What can you expect to find here? Having staggered into my seventh decade of life, and looking back at what things have consistently driven me through several careers, I have discovered what I am most passionate about: the sacredness of persons. I write about Christianity because so much of what passes for evangelical Christianity in America today is insipid and syncretistic, and has lost sight of what it means to be creatures made in the image of God. I write about politics and economics because we (in America) live in a society that has institutionalized the dehumanization of persons, and therefore should be subject to a Christian critique (this is called “speaking truth to power”).
You will find several kinds of blog entries here. You will find short stories; in particular, science fiction stories, but also an occasional literary piece. I write fiction mainly to be entertaining, but I usually have something to say about the world we live in as well. You will find essays; creative non-fiction allows me to be more direct about my social commentary. You will also find personal reflections on my own life.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. If anything here resonates with you, feel free to join my tribe by following me (see the button at top right). That will get you an email notifying you when a new blog entry appears.