Heh. It seems lately I start to write on a topic and then a few paragraphs in, decide that I really don’t want to write on that particular subject. Sometimes it’s because I can’t really decide where I want to go with it, but most of the time, it just seems like we’ve all seen this again and again and as an atheist, I’d like to find something new to discuss.
Does anything that even comes up in the news, as to religion – Christianity in particular – any different than what any of us have read or heard in the past? I don’t think so. How does writing about the same topics enlighten anyone?
An example is a tweet I saw late this afternoon from an obvious Christian which encouraged Christians to become more politically involved because they haven’t been in the past. Really? Okay, I know I could write a few hundred words about that simple tweet by itself but I’m pretty sure I’ve addressed religious interference in the political process on more than one occasion. Not to mention that it’s laughable.
I look for news that might spark my readers interest, but it’s getting difficult to be continually outraged over, well, nothing. I think readers become bored after a while and often don’t get past the first paragraph because they’ve seen it all before if not here, then on other atheist websites.
None of this means I’ll give up, nor do I believe anyone else will, but at least for me, I am looking for a new direction to take my atheist writing. I’ve been spending some time thinking about it but to date, haven’t nailed anything down just yet.
I guess what I’m getting at is maybe atheists need to redefine ourselves somewhat. What that is and where it would lead I have no idea and I’m not referring to our disbelief in god(s), or even for some, social justice or humanism.
Maybe there’s nothing there and I continue on the track I’ve been on. That’s okay, but I’d like to be able to give readers something extra that is not usually seen on atheist sites.
I’ll keep looking and of course, I’m always willing to take suggestions for topics. In the meantime, I’m going to continue to diversify a bit so readers may se a bit more on current events. That never seems to become boring these days.