Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A new blog: Notes on Church History

(orthodoxhistory.org) - This past weekend, I introduced a new blog, Notes on Church History, which is part of the brand-new Ancient Faith Blogs network. If you like our work here at Orthodox History, you’ll probably like the work I’ll be doing at Notes on Church History, and I really hope you’ll check it out.

OrthodoxHistory.org isn’t going anywhere, but as you may have noticed, our posts have become a lot less frequent. The main reason for that is that I’m now a lawyer with three kids, whereas when I started this blog I was a student with one. A lot can happen in five years.

Which might mean I’m crazy to be starting a second blog — after all, I can barely maintain the blog I have! But there is — I think — a method to my madness. In a nutshell, this is the plan:

Orthodox History is the place to go for original research and somewhat longer articles on specific subjects — basically, what you’re used to seeing there. Notes on Church History is more free-form. There will be shorter stuff there, and random facts and photos and trivia that I run across in my research. “This Week in American Orthodox History” will be there. When I publish something long and involved here at Orthodox History, I’ll make a shorter companion post over there. Notes on Church History is the hors d’oeuvres, Orthodox History the entrée.

Also, I’m not the only person who will be posting stuff at either website. Here at Orthodox History in particular, we get superb contributions from my fellow SOCHA directors Aram Sarkisian and Fr. Andrew Damick, as well as Nicholas Chapman, among others. I expect that you’ll see those names and others over at Notes on Church History.

That said, I should point out that Notes on Church History technically isn’t connected with SOCHA. It’s my own personal project, much like the American Orthodox History podcast. Orthodox History, on the other hand, is the official SOCHA website. Of course, given that I’m the editor and main author at both websites, they’ll naturally be interconnected.

So keep coming to Orthodox History for original research and new discoveries, and start reading Notes on Church History for fresh, random, and informal bits of information on church history.

I really hope you’ll enjoy the new blog, and that you’ll keep following us here at Orthodox History as well.

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