The only reason why I really wanted to write this blog post is so I could show you the coolest logo in the world.
I’ll tell you who designed it for me below.
But then I thought that since THIS May 20, 2012 will mark the 2 year anniversary of abandoning Fallen and Flawed, I should probably tell you why I bailed on it in the first place and why I’m bringing it back now.
Let’s have some fun.
Short History on Fallen and Flawed
If you want a longer treatment of the old blog, then read A Beginner’s Guide: 10 Classic Fallen and Flawed Posts.
For those of you who want an abbreviated version, keep reading.
(By the way, I tell this story at the end of my about page–the about page that is nearly 3,000 words long. I thought I’d spare you.)
F+F started as project to hack my way into a seminary MA degree, which amounted to reading the books off course syllabuses at Covenant Theological Seminary…and then blogging about what I learned.
I interviewed atheists and reviewed books.
I intended to keep at it for 2 years, but after 300 articles in 18 months I stopped for private circumstances.
I could’ve picked it back up. But I didn’t.
Instead, I went about my business…reading books, sitting with friends around a conference table discussing that terrible book by Rob Bell called Love Wins and generally enjoying the lack of responsibility.
Eventually the domain expired. I warned Rob Powell that it was about to expire, and he graciously–without having to be asked–scraped all of the content and handed it off to me.
I then parked it onto a file on my computer…content never to blog again.
Why I Changed My Mind
In early 2011 my life got real interesting. I quit my full-time job to go to seminary.
To really get that MA.
Of course I still needed to care for my wife and children. That meant I had to work as a freelance writer, which I happily embraced.
However, the seminary experience was short-lived.
In June of 2011 I took a 5-week course on Biblical Greek that ate me alive. In 2.5 short weeks I dropped out because I simply did not have what it takes to start a business AND go to graduate school.
That killed off one of my life long dreams, but allowed me to focus on making money for the family.
God graciously and generously blessed my work so within six months I was making more money than when I was employed. But this freelance life and its perks was not without its handicaps…
And from late September to early January I worked hard.
Even fell into some bad habits.
Within time I burned myself out and suffered two minor breakdowns in the span of a week or two.
I needed to change something.
Was it working for myself? Too many hours? Who I worked for? Should I go back to school? Write a novel? Give up?
To be honest, nothing seemed attractive.
But it was my wife who suggested I bring Fallen and Flawed back to life as part of my therapy.
The moment she mentioned it something shifted in me.
In a good way.
So, just to test the waters I hunted down fallenandflawed.com. Somebody else owned it…but fortunately this lead me to an even better option: fallenflawed.com.
MUST Brag about the Blog, the Logo
This excited me to no end, and I spent the next three months uploading old articles, finding new images and talking to friends to help me piece this bad boy back together.
I went with this minimalist theme because of two reasons: enhanced readability and image display.
Those two features–and their associated benefits of better online reading and visually stunning images–are the most important to me. The most important things I want to give you, my readers.
Furthermore, since so many people access the web through smart phones and tablets, I’m using the plugin WPTouch, which renders a really good mobile version.
But by far the logo is the coolest thing in the world. One of my best friends from high school–Stephen Austin Welch–designed it.
I gave him a few pages of examples, a bullet list of ideas, let him read through some of my content and then let him loose.
I’d say he hit this one out of the park, don’t you think?
My goal is to post four to five days a week. And while I’ve got a lot of content ‘d like to share, I’m more interested in hearing what YOU would like to see.
Would you mind leaving a suggestion in the comment section or emailing me?
I’d appreciate any help I can get.
Truly, what I missed most about blogging was community and conversation…something that’s hard to achieve if you are talking to yourself.