I wrote my first entry for this blog ten years, four months, and ten days ago. That first entry was titled “Welcome to Notes from a Barking Shaman” and touched on the odd contradictions that have, and continue, to make up my life. I was in the midst of my cycle of death and rebirth ordeals, our puppy Lilu was just ten weeks old, and earlier that day I had finalized plans to give a presentation on Tourette Syndrome for an elementary school a few hours away.
My life today looks at once radically different and remarkably similar to the one I was living when I sat down to pen that brief introduction to my new blog.
Among the differences, which you may have noticed already, is that as of last night this website and blog are no longer called “BarkingShaman.com” and “Notes From A Barking Shaman” respectively. The change has been a long time coming, and in keeping with the best traditions of this blog, I want to take some time to address why those changes have been made.
This morning, a new post of mine went up at The Bilerico Project. From here on out this will be a regular occurrence, because as of today I am the site’s newest regular contributor! This is both a terrifying and thrilling step in my work, and coming on the heels of becoming a programming coordinator for Dark Odyssey, hopefully says good things about the direction I’m going in.
It is going to be a challenge to write for a mainstream(ish) publication without loosing my sense of self. After much discussion, I reached a compromise with Bilerico’s managing editor on what name I will be using, which is also the topic of my first contributor post there. I know full well that if I loose sight of who I am and what I do, there will be a long line of people and gods waiting to kick my ass, starting with a tag team of The Lady and Fireheart (and those are two scary entities to have angry with you). It’s a delicate and frightening edge to walk, but one I’m hoping to manage it with grace.
So what does that mean for Notes From A Barking Shaman? Nothing really. When I post at Bilerico I will likely make that my POTD, but moving forward, NFABS will continue to have a Post Of The Day six days a week, with an in depth essay posted every Saturday. I do not yet know how frequently I will end up posting at Bilerico, but it will be at least once a week.