As the year 2014 draws to a close, I want to talk a little bit about my plans for the coming year. First, I want to apologize for not getting as much content out as I usually do. This is for a variety of reason.
I have to admit that sometimes I get discouraged. Not because the odds of against us and the situation is grim – I’m used to that. In part, it is because all the atheist infighting has taken its toll. I totally understand criticizing each other’s ideas. That’s fine; we must all strive to be better critical thinkers and sometimes we are wrong on some issues. Being questioned and criticized on issues is the best way to learn but demonizing each other doesn’t do anything and demonizing each other to the mainstream press hurts our movement. I wish we would have more conversations and less accusations. We need to grow our movement, not drive people away from it.
Another reason why I haven’t written as much lately is that life happens. I am a stay-at-home father and one of my kids has special needs. I also work a part-time job in retail to help pay the bills and unfortunately, Dangerous Talk and my other outlets for atheist activism don’t pay very well. To quote Bester from Babylon 5, “Freedom Fighter looks great on a resume, but the pay sucks.” If you would like to help me with that, you can be my Patreon, click some Google Ads in the sidebar (when appropriate), use and bookmark my Amazon Affiliate link (http://www.amazon.com/?tag=dangtalk-20), and share my blog posts and Examiner articles.
Now as for 2015, I plan to write more blog posts, more Examiner articles, more Huffington Post articles, and hopefully publish at least one of my book projects. The first project that I am planning to launch will be a self-published pamphlet style book. It will contain two fairly short essays both of which have been adapted from previous material, but I have added a great deal to them. I’m excited about this project because I think it has the potential to really change hearts and minds of religious believers. This project is almost complete and I have been beating myself up for not having it finished yet. When it is finished, I have to take it to my editor and also find a person or persons to write an introduction.
I also have about six more book projects in various stages of development. Some of those projects I would like to find actual publishers to publish.
Another project I hope to launch in 2015 is the pamphlet project I talk earlier in the year. I got one suggestion for a pamphlet, but I would like others too. I also think we can make postcard sized meme flyers for cars with overly religious bumper stickers. Again, suggestions are appreciated.
I briefly started the Dangerous Talk YouTube channel back up and I really do hope to put out more videos but I am not all that tech-savvy so you will have to be patient. What types of videos would people like to see? There are already so many atheist YouTubers putting out great content, so what content should I be putting out? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
I would like to make more personal appearances in churches too. I had a lot of fun speaking at a Lutheran Church this past year and would love to do it again. So I might try to contact some churches and see if there is any interest.
What are your atheist activism plans for the new year?
- The Mathematical God Test (skepticink.com)
- Response: ‘5 Lies Atheist Tell’ (examiner.com)
- Anti-atheist hate crimes will continue to be tracked by FBI (examiner.com)
- Is Sci-Fi A Vaccine Against Religion? (skepticink.com)