So for those not already aware, there’s been quite the upset over at Patheos, where Paths Through the Forests, the blog I share with Rua Lupa, has been hosted the past few years. (She’s the one who created all the graphics for the blog, including the nifty banner above.) You can read about it in detail here, but the short version is BeliefNet bought Patheos last year, the new ownership is decidedly more fundamentalist Christian, and there are a lot of issues with the new contracts they want bloggers to sign. Add in that Patheos has been less than transparent in some of its response to critical posts, and I’ve just been getting increasingly leery of the whole situation.
Add me to the list of folks bowing out of Patheos entirely. Part of it is the recent controversies and my growing unease with the contract and Patheos’ response to our concerns. Part of it is also that I have a lot of time commitments right now, and I was never really able to give Paths Through the Forests the time and attention it really deserved. At this point I need to redirect my time and energy here at my personal blog, among other projects clamoring for my attention. I’ve already backed up my content, and sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting that my material be permanently deleted.
I have enjoyed sharing blogspace with Rua Lupa the past few years, first at No Unsacred Place over at the Pagan Newswire Collective, and then at Paths Through the Forests. Thank you to Patheos Pagan editor Jason Mankey for trying to wrangle a big herd of cats, and thank you to all my fellow bloggers. I hope each of you can find a workable solution, whatever it may be.
In the meantime, I’m still going to be writing here on A Sense of Natural Wonder (check out my post on Multi-Layered Stone Totems from this morning, if you haven’t already!) And as my plate is always full to overflowing, you can expect continued creativity from me, from the Tarot of Bones and other hide and bone artwork, to Still Death, and more!