Shifting Gears

If you’re a regular reader of this website, you’ve no doubt noticed a precipitous decline in the frequency of posts. Until last spring, we posted one new article per weekday — five articles a week, 20+ per month. I wrote the vast majority of them, and while I had a great time doing it, it was a lot of work. We cut back to three new pieces per week, and that was our frequency right up to the end of 2010. In the past month, however, we’ve cut back even further, with just 1-2 new postings a week. And, at the moment, that looks like the new normal.

I wish I could write more often, but between my now-four person family and the demands of law school, I’m stretched pretty thin. Right now, I’m working on a number of Orthodox history-related projects, including finalizing my “Myth of Unity” article for the first issue of our peer-reviewed journal (due out this spring!); working with Alexei Krindatch to produce an atlas of Orthodoxy in America (with historical data, and due out later this year); and preparing a lecture on Chicago’s Orthodox history for the annual “Book Week” conference at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Westchester, Illinois (I speak on March 24, if you’re interested in coming). I’ve got other projects in the works, and I’m very excited about them, but unfortunately that means that my (increasingly scarce) research time is spent on things other than this website.

On a positive note, we certainly aren’t closing the doors — far from it. While is shifting gears a bit, we’ll still feature monthly contributions from Fr. Oliver Herbel and Dr. William Samonides, and if you know me at all, you know that I won’t be able to resist at least the occasional article myself. We’ll also continue to publish original sources, historical photos, and other nuggets, with new posts coming at least once a week.

Also, I’ve been told that something has gone wrong with our RSS feed. If you’re used to reading the site that way, I apologize for the inconvenience. I haven’t the slightest clue how to fix the problem, but people more capable than me are looking into it.

Anyway, many thanks to all our loyal readers. I hope you’ll keep visiting the site, commenting, and sharing our love of American Orthodox history.

Matthew Namee