It’s been a long journey since my last post. As incredible as it sounds, George Lucas sued me for using the name Apologetic Professor because he claimed it was too close to his Star Wars character Appo (Clone Commander of the 501st Legion in Revenge of the Sith), for which he owned the copyright. As a result, I was legally forced to shut down my blog (and my lucrative Apologetic Professor bobble-head doll and/or ugly paperweight business) for well over a year.
I also ate a bad taco and got mild indigestion. It’s been one of those years.
But I finally won the lawsuit and I’m happy to report that my indigestion has passed. As a result, I can now resume blogging.
All my cards on the table here: I didn’t really win a Star Wars-themed lawsuit. I did, however, construct a Star Wars costume from $10 at a thrift store for a new character I named Darth Janitorius. [Editor’s Note: We regret to inform you that this story is actually…true.] There has never been a cleaner bathroom for dark lords than the one in Darth Janitorius’ house, let me tell you.
To clarify: Absolutely no lawsuits, but lots of Star Wars suits. (Please don’t actually sue me, George Lucas. You’re an awesome guy and I love you, man!)
But figured after a year and half away from the blog, I needed something particularly eye-catching or else no one would read it. (At least, that’s the lesson I learned from modern politicians and/or bobble-head distributors). So while there was no lawsuit, one part of the title is true:
Yes, after a year and a half hiatus from blogging, and after much prayer and reflection, I have decided to renew my commitment to you, the one and only reader of my blog. [Editor’s note: Never mind that the reader in question is actually the Apologetic Professor himself – and he doesn’t even like reading it. In his own words, “I’d rather eat Brussel sprouts full of glass shards while listening to Justin Bieber sing ‘Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer’ and riding on a nausea-inducing fair ride built by people who have a questionable regard for my safety; I’d rather do all that, than read this stuff! Gross.”]
I’m sure you are all absolutely dying to know why I’ve actually been away [Editor’s note: We’d mock him, but he’s taking all the challenge out of it]. The real reason is rather drab and boring: I did not have time to do blogging well over this past year, and I made a conscious decision to take some time off from the blog to re-analyze and re-energize and re-estimatize and re-….nuclearize. Or something. Anyway, during this last year, I was writing a book (now published, more on that in a later post) and my day job was particularly taxing. I’ll spare most of the details, but the pertinent point here is:
Yes, after finishing the book and seriously weighing the amount of time I have in my life, I’d decided that my heart is too much in this blog to stop writing it. Now, I actually know that you can’t sustain a blog by taking a year and a half off all the time, or posting on a super intermittent schedule. But when I say I’m committed to this blog, I mean it: I want this blog to be good, and I want to post regular articles of high quality pertinent to religious topics.
Now, my life is busy and I really do have a day job. So, to find a balance between the busy-ness of my own life and a need to be a more consistent blogger, I’m going to post at least once a month. I might post more, but my goal is this: I want to put something of decent quality at no less than one per month. While I realize that isn’t as consistent as many blogs that post once a day, this will at least keep me on a regular schedule.
I’m also going to try to expand the scope of the blog by more regularly asking guest bloggers to post. Thus, while we will keep up the normal cheeky, quasi-intellectual rants of times past, we will mix that in with discussions from other (and more intellectually competent) writers. I’m also thinking of doing even crazier things like getting a twitter account. Egad!
So: Buckle up! It’s going to be a wild ride.