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Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 in Uncategorized Posts | 10 comments

I’ve Decided to Leave SIN

After some thought I’ve decided I would rather maintain one blog rather than two. Interacting with the authors on this network takes time, sometimes a lot of it if I’m to do it right. I have too many irons in the fire, a book proposal I’m working on, a 50-60 hour a week job, and other issues I must deal with. It’s all too time consuming for me and something must give. So I’m leaving SIN. I think SIN is a wonderful place for you to visit, so continue doing so. Some really great people write great stuff here. After all, I invited most of them to write for us. πŸ˜‰

As I go you might see a gradual shift in emphasis toward the traditional notion of skepticism as opposed to atheism, which sounds fine with me, if so. I’m very happy to have been a part of starting this network as a co-founder of it. It was a year ago, almost to the day, when I first asked Ed Clint if he would be interested in co-founding this blog network, and he said yes. We first went with “Skeptic Blogs” then decided to change it to “Skeptic Ink.” It is a more catchy title with a better looking skin, thanks to Ed and a few others. I apologize profusely if I’ve let anyone down. I can only do what I can do. I wish Ed and this network all the very best. From now on you can find me right here. I’ll collect my things and be gone by the last day of the month.

One of the factors in leaving is that my target audience is Christians. It seems as though they don’t visit me here very much at all. I don’t like debating atheists, and that’s what has happened on my blog posts from time to time. So I must focus my efforts on the site where they visit the most, Debunking Christianity.

Don’t worry. I’ll only be a click away continuing to do what I do the best, debunking Christianity.


  • Katie Graham

    Best of luck. I’ll update my blogroll.

  • NoCrossNoCrescent

    I will miss you and will always be a fan. You have to do what is best for you.

  • Brive1987

    Probably a good moment to review the premises behind SIN.

    FtB seems to β€œwork” because they have specific contentious focuses and bloggers that are extremely passionate about their themes and aggressive with their POV.

    There is also the colour and movement of PZ Myers – which sets a benchmark for the others to follow.

    With SIN my perception is a lot of contributors with less focus and far less individual momentum. Add a network without a ‘corporate’ structure and the result is a lack of a non lurking audience.

    I wonder if this is producing a desirable outcome to the authors?

    If not maybe a theme based network would work better rather than one based on personality …… This would be consistent with a network built on ideas rather than cult.

    Obvious issue chapters could include

    + Equality Feminism and a rational / skeptical approach to Gender Feminism
    + The global issue – views on skepticism vs cultural relativism
    + Philosophy of Religion and Atheism – sandpit for deep thinking
    + Anti-Apologetics – debunking their best arguments
    + Church State issues

  • bluharmony

    I’m truly sad to see you go. Please know that you’ll always have my friendship and respect.

  • RussellBlackford

    I’m sad to see you departing, John. I’m glad that it’s not an acrimonious split with the network, and more a matter of where you should focus your energies. I’m looking forward to working with you on other projects. All my best wishes!

  • Thaumas Themelios

    Sometimes, as they say, “less is more”. When it comes to simplifying life, I’ve found it to be rather true for me, reducing stress for example. Hope it is true for you as well. Still subscribed to your DC blog, BTW. In hindsight looks like it was a really good idea to keep it open. Keep going John! Good luck with everything else offline, too. :-)

  • Peter Ferguson

    John, I am sorry to hear of your departure as you were a big asset to SIN, and you will be a big loss. However, I understand and respect your reasons for leaving and I wish you all the best in the future!

  • Notung

    Sorry to see you go John – it was a pleasure working with you, and all the best in the future. I’ll keep reading DC!

  • ElevatorGate

    John, hello, from London, England. I first heard of you when I was linked to your very review of Mr Myers’ book. I was stunned that you had been so candid. He and his vengeful adherents do not seem to take criticism or dissent well; you have put yourself at risk. It is a testament to your bravery and heroism.

    I would like to see more skepticism content on SIN, as opposed to atheism content. Religion is not such a big deal (as in: problem) here, and I really love the Ben Goldacre (apatheism) approach. I respect theists who use critical thinking (as do you, I’m sure) and it makes me nauseous when I see people trying to form a club around atheism. (E.g. atheism plus, FTB). I guess in the States, where the climate is vastly different, it’s important to emphasise that atheists’ rights are human rights; you and Justi seem to be doing a grand job of that. It’s just not something I care about, cos it doesn’t affect me.

  • ElevatorGate

    The predecessor to Sceptic Ink looked dreadful; it both sucked and blowed. (I did not read the content as I do not like reading). I love the Sceptic Ink anaesthetic, especially Avant-Garde. Really good use of “the CSS”, or whatever you kids call it these days.