A little history first about me and blogging.
I have been blogging for long time. I started my first blog when my kids were little and I was in my first church as a senior pastor. Basically at the time, it was me trying to put my theological studies degree to good use as most people in the church can’t think at that kind of deep level when it comes to God. So, I started being the Rabyd Theologian which endured its 2.0 and 3.0 versions. I found I liked to write fiction as well, particularly fantasy, urban fantasy and science fiction. So, I began to add that into the mix and I have had several blogs along that line. I have written blogs on weightlifting, hiking and other subjects. Very few survive to this day. My goal with every blog is for it to be my last one because it lasts and that is true of The Grey Wayfarer as well.
My two most recent blogs I had to delete because they represented a time in my life of forbidden love, lust, anger and pure rage. They were blogs where the Wolves definitely were more in charge than the Ravens. This comes from an expression I use that has become part of my personal canon: “It’s OK to feed the Wolves, but listen to the Ravens first.” I will be going into this expression more as time goes by on this blog. “Of Wolves and Ravens” is actually the title of my Tuesday posts which will be centered on this new philosophy and applying it to life.
Other people were also misinterpreting my writing and twisting my posts to mean things they did not. One of the most amusing was taking some of my fictional works as factual which they were not. They may have represented heart-felt fantasy but they certainly weren’t real or based on real life events. I also commented on my personal life a lot which caused some people to be agitated because they disagreed with my observations. This all culminated in one commentator blasting me in a comment – it was bombastic with a lot of name calling. I also realize both blogs represented a chapter in my life I would wish to just close and move on to better ones. The situation was not constructive to positive change for me, so I talked with my wife and I deleted both blogs. We dealt with the person involved as a couple and so far things seem to be stable since.
The problem has been for me that without blogging my life seems very much adrift. I am struggling with school and even though my marriage seems better, I seem to be losing track of what I ultimately want for me and my marriage as well as other things. My struggles with faith have come to a standstill and several emotional issues are just not being resolved. I am not writing about these things and so I am not making progress. Blogging has been my personal therapy for a long time and without it I am not sure what I am doing with my life. #True Story
Some have argued a private journal might be good substitute, but I have tried that before so many times and I get about a day or two into it and hate it. I give up pretty quick and then I am stuck. There is something about posting things on a blog and making them public that drives me to hit my deadlines and do what I need to do. Maybe it’s ego or some desire for recognition or perhaps a kind of accountability. Whatever it is though, it keeps me making progress, so it can’t be all bad. The one thing I do know now after doing this for a while is that I know what kind of blog I need and one that I will stick with and keep writing posts for every day. So without further ado – The Grey Wayfarer
The Grey Wayfarer
I have been doing this for a few blogs now where a title for a type of post becomes the title for the new blog. Or a concept from one blog inspires the next. My theology blogs became a theology tavern of sorts in All Things Rabyd. The theology tavern concept became Raby’s Tavern (deleted). That blog had a kind of post called The Rabyd Microphone which became a blog by the same name (also deleted). One of the fictional series I was doing on the Rabyd Microphone was The Grey Wayfarer. It was steeped in Norse Mythology and was an allegory of what I was going through each week. I enjoyed writing it and to be honest the title sticks with where I think I will be the rest of my life. I like it, so it has now become the title of this blog.
“The Grey” part has meant a lot of things over the years but in this blog its my reflection on the depression I suffer from time to time which I call ‘The Grey’. More recently it reflects my desire to be neutral and open to all ideas and opinions. To evaluate not as a good person or bad person but just as a human being. Someone walking The Grey of life, so to speak.
“Wayfarer” is something I consider myself these days from a spiritual point of view, although I would love to do more real life walking and hiking as well. But mostly. I just consider myself a pilgrim and a seeker on a spiritual journey these days. To be honest, I don’t know if I want to stop being a pilgrim or seeker. I think the moment you think you have arrived and discovered THE TRUTH is when you are blind, lost and not moving in life. I simply wish to be the ever wandering pilgrim, ever searching for truth, knowledge and wisdom in the world.
‘The Grey Wayfarer” also reflects some of my favorite characters of fiction and mythology. Gandalf the Grey being known as the ‘The Grey Pilgrim’ for starters. Odin from the Norse myths though is my particular inspiration as a grey pilgrim wandering the realms in search of knowledge, accompanied only by his wolves and ravens. Yes, that is the image that is the inspiration for this blog and for my life these days. Being mindful of the expression – “Not all who wander are lost”. That includes me because more than the blog title, I consider myself ‘The Grey Wayfarer’. I am not lost, but I do wander.
Probably the best way to get across what you will be seeing here on this blog is to give you the rundown on the schedule for the week.
Sunday – The Pagan Pulpit. I kind of miss putting together a religious service and now that I am no longer a pastor or even a Christian, I don’t get the chance. For those of you familiar with The Rabyd Microphone before it was deleted, this will combine some elements of the original Pagan Pulpit, the Rabyd Poet and The Rabyd Record. So it will have songs, a poem (maybe written by me), a meditation, a quote from an ancient text and a sermon with three points. Kind of just an inspiration to start your week, if you’re a deistic humanist pagan like me.
Monday – A Skald’s Life – Foundational Virtues. – A discussion on the Virtues of Honor, Courage and Truth. Much like the journal posts of the past although I have dropped the idea of roles and now will be focused on virtues setting my goals instead. I consider these three of the Nine Noble Virtues to be foundational and merit that kind of discussion.
Tuesday – “Of Wolves and Ravens” – Basically taking an issue and examining from the standpoint of the Wolves (Need and Want) and the Ravens (Thought and Memory). A philosophical post basically looking at issues and hopefully generating more light than heat.
Wednesday – A Skald’s Life – Business Virtues. – Much like Foundational Virtues but a discussion on the virtues of Self-Reliance, Industriousness, and Hospitality.
Thursday – “Odin’s Eye” – I am a trained and educated Biblical Scholar and Theologian. A retired pastor with 20 years experience. What to do with that now that I am not a Christian or a pastor? I am going to write on four subjects each week with this post – faith, religion, theology and spirituality. Part of this will be me working though my personal struggles with religion and faith. The rest we will see each week what happens.
Friday – A Skald’s Life – Self Virtues. – Like Foundational Virtues and Business Virtues but dealing with the virtues of Discipline, Perseverance and Fidelity.
Saturday – The Grey Wayfarer – My one fictional element of this blog because I need to write fiction. This is an allegorical fantasy serial story of a man from the modern world who finds himself in most extraordinary circumstances. The idea will be to reflect on the Nine Noble Virtues (NNV) in a different way as well as get my creative juice flowing. It will be steeped in Norse mythology, so that should be fun as well.
The Rabyd Skald – This is a post much like The Microphone was on The Rabyd Microphone – it can drop at any time and can be on anything. It’s basically a catch-all if something doesn’t fit into the weekly routine. Most posts will drop at 10 AM. This one could be anytime.
This weekly routine will start on October 7th. Before that I will be doing all three A Skald’s Life posts to set my goals from October 2nd through 4th. On October 5th, I will do the first installment of Odin’s Eye to kind of set off where my struggle with faith and religion currently is at; as well as recap briefly how I got to this point. On October 6th, I will introduce The Grey Wayfarer fiction serial. After that the normal schedule will commence.
Now, one final word on the nature of these posts and the blog as a whole. This is new blog, and while it has at its roots the substance of the old blogs and its trunk is hopefully all the aspects of what makes good writing, it is its own tree, so to speak. Where its main branches, tributaries and twigs end up is anyone’s best guess. I have come to the belief that the best blogs are a good blend of organization (pruning) and organic growth (freedom). You never know down which branch the best flowers and fruits will be discovered. A balance of reasonable inquiry and creative discovery is what I am going for here.
A word on feedback – I welcome it as long as its constructive. I welcome comments, likes and even criticism. Name calling; however, is never accepted. I have in the past, once I cleared a particular commentator, let people comment away; because I trusted they had a basic understanding of manners and respect of others’ opinion including mine. Recent events have caused me to institute a complete approval of every comment instead now. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause, but you can also follow my page on Facebook and comment there. I might edit any comment too, so be advised. This is my blog and I will protect and honor those who respect that fact. Otherwise, be prepared to be silenced, censored or even blocked. I welcome opinions, not being an asshole. You can cuss and swear ( I certainly will do so from time to time including the f-bomb) just don’t make it personal. This is an adult blog as far as content and expectations of how people will comment on it.
Oh, one last thing (really this time). New signature:
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.