Sometime around 2007, a friend and I launched a blog called Between the Trees. The name came from the idea, which I took from one of Rob Bell’s Nooma films (don’t laugh), that we now lived life between the Tree of Life in Genesis and the Tree of Life described in Revelation. We maintained the blog for about a year with limited success before we each decided to take it down. My friend launched a new blog shortly after we shut BtT down. I stayed out of the blogging game for about a year before launching Notes from a Small Place in January of 2010. Since that time I’ve posted over 1,100 times here in this digital space. I’ve done guest posts, experimented with a group blog set up, and then switched over to the current format that mixes micro-blogging, commentary, and lengthier posts (a style I’ve basically stolen from more famous bloggers like Andrew Sullivan, Rod Dreher, and Kevin Drum).
Over that time, I’ve settled into that final routine pretty comfortably and found that the pace and diversity of it suits me well. The switch to the new format has also corresponded with the best time Notes… has ever had in terms of traffic and other writing opportunities for me, which has been a good surprise. What Notes… has allowed me to do, then, is basically have a digital sandbox where I’ve been able to experiment with all sorts of ideas and blogging styles in hopes of finding something that works for me, that I enjoy, and that other people find useful as well. That said, to quote one of my favorite authors, “I think I’m ready for another adventure.” So this will be the final post here at Notes from a Small Place. I’m going to leave the blog up because it’s free to do so and because I like the idea of all the work I’ve done here being permanent in some small way. So the blog will stay up, but I will be leaving.
My friend Matt Anderson has invited me to become the new Notes editor at Mere Orthodoxy and I couldn’t turn down the chance to begin working with him more regularly. Matt is a good friend, a generous soul, and a first-rate thinker. And he’s created a really unique, exciting community at Mere Orthodoxy that is marked by an irenic, cheerful tone, a commitment to the broadly orthodox (little o) Christian church stretched across time (“terrible as an army with banners,” as Lewis says in Screwtape), and a well-rooted desire to see all of creation in light of the lordship of Christ.
Honestly, I’d never give up the autonomy and control I have here at Notes unless I had the chance to move to a new venue that is such an excellent fit. Thankfully, Mere O looks like just the thing and I really can’t wait to get started there.
Getting into brass tacks a bit, I’ll be blogging at more or less the same pace I’ve kept for much of the past 15 months here at Notes from a Small Place, but it will all be happening at Mere Orthodoxy rather than this little blog of mine. Mere O is going through something of a rebranding phase right now and the Notes page will be, more or less, a Tumblr style blog very like what I’ve already been doing here. I’ll leave the rest of the announcement about the changes at Mere O to Matt as it really is his baby and he should be the one to announce the bulk of the changes.
In addition to my work at Mere O, you can also find me occasionally at Fare Forward where I’m a contributing writer and do a bit of blogging and some long-form writing as well. My essay “The Farmer and The Don” will be in the spring issue of the journal and I have an essay on the incarnation and apologetics in the summer issue. And, of course, there will still be the occasional soccer post at Just Football and Think Football. I’m also on Facebook (facebook.com/jrmeador) so feel free to add me there if you want to connect that way.
It’s been an absolute blast to work on this blog for going on four years now, but it’s time to turn out the lights here and move over to Mere O. I hope you’ll join me. But whether you follow me over there or not, please know how much I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment, it’s meant a lot.