Thank you for stopping by. I continue to pray each day for my blogosphere friends. I am reading many of your posts through Google reader and this helps me stay on track with the amount of time I have to read posts.
I have had on-going frustration with wordpress.com such as the inability to plug-in useful java script from linkwithin or inlinks (just to name two).
I am aware that self-hosted wordpress is available. Way back in the early 2000s, I used to run my blog on self-hosted blog platforms with different names and URLs. Unfortunately, I almost lost all of my posts because I picked one that was too cheap / low quality. This lead me to choose wordpress.com.
Give my available time to write, I want to spend more time creating content and not fussing around with self-hosted wordpress; doing upgrades, tweaking bits of php code. I cannot afford the time.
I also have prayed for clarity on the things that God calls me to write about as his disciple. I have used scripture readings as the basis of the last 250 posts (or so). I have come to understand that my life must be based on the Word and I can write about my faith and my life in many and other interesting ways.
Finally, I felt like I my faithful readers and I were too much alike – we wrote posts about our faith and I love them and continue to find inspiration in them.
To me, it began to feel too much like I am preaching to the choir and I am moved by Matthew 28:19-20:
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
All of this being written today and 655 posts on this site, I want to accept a journey where other, non-Christians can come and learn about Jesus Christ. So I have decided to launch a new blog on blogger. They have fixed most of the annoying limitations (like ability to change the page width) and allow a lot of interesting widgets not allowed on wordpress.com. The interface is blessedly simple.
I need simple at this point in my life.
I am grateful to land an awesome URL and will be back soon to post it. Unlike cinhosa.wordpress.com – that was cobbled together over time – I am in the midst of planning and executing activities for this more comprehensive look at my life.
I will keep my wordpress.com account and all of hundreds of hours of work in posts so I can continue to leave comments and interact with the WP community. I’ll plug in some tools to make it easier for WP folks to keep track of my new blog if it is interest.
I want in particular to thank Mark Mathia (markmathia.com) who provided an example a few months ago as he re-branded his web site. This week, he launched a podcast. He continues to be one of the many inspirations in my writing life. Thank you, Mark!
And God bless you!
P.S. At mass tonight, I learned about the Foundation for Children in Need. Please consider a donation to help folks in India who are much less fortunate than many of us who are able to blog because our basic needs are met.