Call for topics

It’s going on 3 years (well, 2.5, but) since I put my Seeking site up, and it’s now regularly getting 100 hits or more a day. (Yay, nice thing!)

However, it also clearly needs some updating and some pieces written that I’ve been meaning to get around to, and all that. So, now is a good time for me to ask “What stuff do you want me to talk about more over there?”

For those of you who haven’t looked, it is focused on people new to Paganism (and specifically to religious witchcraft, which is the bit of Paganism I can speak to with some coherency: I try not to talk about other people’s religions *for* them) Got thoughts? Share below the fold.

Already contemplating: 

A piece on heterocentrism, gender roles, and orientation and identiy in a Wiccan-derived context.

I would love a couple of beta readers for this (and have people I intend to ask) though it’ll be a month or two, probably, before I’m ready for this one.

Writing about building a basic and resilient personal practice with concrete “how to get started” stuff that pulls together some existing content and adds a chunk more – I was inspired by some discussions about accessible web design and also care and feeding of volunteers. (Seriously, this makes sense in my head, and I think it will to other people when I write it down.)

I hope to present a workshop on some related ideas at Paganicon in 2014, but would love a couple of beta readers before then, and to get the pages up around that time.

A more comprehensive piece on privacy and Paganism: There already is one, but it needs more updated stuff.

Doing something with etiquette with other Pagans (both online and offline) : it’s in several places, but it needs better structure.

Filling out several essays I haven’t gotten around to: especially the one about “do you need fancy tools”, the one about “why are there so many tiny traditions out there, why don’t people want them to get bigger?”

I am contemplating doing at least an overview of my better Pagan research material, but I still hope to do something book-length with that, and don’t want to duplicate possible content. If there’s stuff you really wish I’d talk about, though, name it and we’ll see?

Some general moving around and updating the interface: Nothing too complicated – I like simple and useful and uncluttered. But I’m thinking a slightly sharper header image, refinements in the widget tools, that kind of thing.  Also reviewing each page and updating as needed, which is a chunk of work, and will probably happen as I have time off in December/January.

Questions:

If I were to put together an ebook of some/all the material on here, would that be of interest to you/people who you know? (I am thinking it would be low-cost – somewhere between $3 and 5, and would not include different basic content than is on the website, but that they might be different forms, because the website relies on linkage in a number of places.)

If so, which content would you find most useful in that format? (I am happy to do multiple books, for example, if it makes sense to do the personal practice content vs. the ‘basic concepts’ content, for example.

Links: I would like to flesh out the “General Pagan info” pages with a bit more in the way of links, but I don’t want to do tons of link management, either. (I do not find link management particularly fun, even with tools to help me.) Do you have resources I should especially link to that are regularly maintained?

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  • Axiom

    I would love something about, like you say, “building a basic and resilient personal practice with concrete “how to get started” stuff.” Especially a beginning practice that is spiritual, and yet appropriate for someone who hasn’t picked a direction yet. That is where I run into problems. There are definitely some skill-sets I can work on developing (e.g., meditation, trance) that would be useful in any practice, but it still feels like learning a skill and not like the expansive, supportive connection and spiritual growth I want. (For what it is worth, when I say “connection” do not mean “hearing the gods speak” – but I suppose I do think spirituality should feel like /something/, whether it is a connection to a higher aspect of the self, or a diffuse divinity, or a specific entity.) I’m not entirely sure how to get to the spiritual without defining the divine, or deciding on some meaning for what I am doing, which I don’t feel ready for, yet.

    Related to the above, I’d love to hear your thoughts on other forms of connecting to deity/spirit/divinity outside of a particular practice/faith. For instance, there are concepts out there such as spirit guides (singular or multiple), different selves (higher self, inner child, etc), animal guides, angels, ancestors… and many other entities that are supposed to have guiding, supportive roles.

    What is your personal take on/experience with these concepts/ideas? (And if this is not something you have enough information to put out as a formal opinion on the seeking blog, I’d still love to hear your thoughts elsewhere – either on your normal blog, or in some sort of informal setting like email!)

    Finally, if you had more suggestions for tangible ritual activities, I’d love to hear about them. A lot of ritual planning resources talk about the customary dance, music, chanting, visualizing, all as ways of building energy towards a goal. As someone living in a second floor apartment, I’m self conscious about making too much noise during ritual. However, I read your example of ritual planning and you talked about spinning thread as a practical way of keeping the energy of a spell going, and I really liked that idea. I like that it is a tangible, physical activity, that continues even after the conclusion of the ritual. If you know of sources for more ideas like that, or if you have some off the top of your head, I’d love to hear about them.

    Thanks so much for everything you’ve done so far! Also, I didn’t see this call for topics posted on the seeking site? I don’t remember why I wandered over to your normal blog, since I usually visit your seeking site, but I don’t know that I would ever have seen this post if it weren’t for whatever whimsy carried me over here. It might be a way to get more suggestions, if you’re still looking for them!

    A million more thanks to you!

    • Sorry for delayed reply!

      Let me think about some of those. One of my principles for the Seeking site is that I try not to talk about things that are outside my own practice (in general terms: I do talk about things I’ve done in the past and am not doing currently, for example) except in the basics section (where I confine myself to “Here’s other places you might look) – and spirit guides, etc. are not a part of my practice for various reasons. (That said, I do ancestor work of various kinds, and I could probably talk about some of the other options in general terms.)

      In terms of ‘why not posted on the Seeking blog’ – well, simply that the Seeking site is static pages: there’s no chronologically updated page like a blog – I put all of that over here. (Even though they both run on WordPress, and actually use the same basic theme.)

      When I do the revamp (which as I said, will be at least a couple of months, because I’ve got a few other projects in my life that need some time first), I’ll probably post a note of how to suggest other topics beyond what’s already there in the little mini-blurb. I use the blog, for, well, blogging, which is to say more time-relevant posts (either because they’re things I’m currently thinking about, or triggered by some specific event, whatever.)