It’s a fresh new look for this old blog. Its predecessor, ‘Boomers & Beyond,’ began in the early days of the late lamented True/Slant.com. I was writing, at the time, a paid blog for that good news aggregate site, with ‘Boomers & Beyond’ aimed at building their readership among over-50 generations. Some of those readers, people from all over whom I’ve never even met – and this continues to astound – still drop in. It is also beyond belief for this writer to read on the analytics page that someone (or even two or three!) in the Philippines or South Korea or Brazil stopped by this page.
‘Boomers & Beyond’ marked my entry, in the summer of 2009, into the strange new world of the blogosphere. For the most part it has been sheer fun; hopefully it’s also been worth reading.
But after 617 posts, 1,207 comments, and seldom a dull moment, it seemed time for a change. So with apologies to the writers of Revelation 25:5 (and with help from my WordPress-savvy friend Ryan), we are making (almost) all things new here at franjohns.net. For a variety of reasons, old and new.
It’s partly because I really want to publish my short story collection if I live long enough, which means backing off of writing constantly about Causes.
End of life issues and reproductive justice have consumed the majority of my time in the blogosphere. I will probably continue to explain, when people ask what I do, that I “write a lot about death and dying and abortion,” just because that’s such a good way not to get invited to cocktail parties. And I’ll probably continue to write on those issues. We’re winning one, as the right to death with dignity inches ahead across the U.S., and losing the other; so neither seems likely to drop off the public stage any time soon.
I’ll keep writing about them both, and about health and politics and interesting events at my favorite hangout, the Commonwealth Club of California, and whatever else seems of interest to the wide world.
But meanwhile, this is a work in progress. For instance, Ryan and I discovered my bio hasn’t been updated since before Perilous Times was published (ahem, the summer of 2013.) And if you clicked on one of those other tabs — I’ll bet you haven’t; who’s got time to go around clicking on tabs? — you’d find upcoming events that came and went months ago, and who needs an Events tab on a blog site anyway. We’re working on it all.
For the blog posts some of you faithful friends have been reading for years, or days, simply click on the blog posts tab above. In a few days or so we’ll go back to running blog posts on this front page, and quit with the Welcome. The last one I wrote, My Problem With the Pope has been getting some interesting comments on my Huffington Post site, where most of these essays also appear.
You’re always welcome over there, and here, and at LinkedIn or wherever. For now, thanks for dropping by.