Good day, all. This is Lupa, editor for No Unsacred Place.
You may have noticed that we have not had any new posts for a few weeks, to include our Wordless Wednesday feature. The reason for this is that No Unsacred Place, and its parent organization the Pagan Newswire Collective, is in the process of shutting down. After four years of providing readers with a variety of blogs and bureaus, the management of the PNC determined that it’s time to put the site to rest. This is not because the writers weren’t good enough, or because we didn’t have enough readers. Rather, it’s a matter of time and effort for the organization as a whole. Running any sort of website requires a lot of personal investment, and moreso when you have multiple people involved. While the original vision of the PNC–to offer both widespread and localized pagan news and opinions–was a solid one, and the people involved were dedicated, it was just larger a task than could be handled with the resources available. So it is that the PNC is going through a slow dissolution as the various blogs and bureaus figure out in what direction they’ll go.
So why is No Unsacred Place dissolving instead of just moving to a new home? For much the same reason that the PNC is disappearing–it’s a lot of work to keep a group blog going. Both I and my predecessor, Alison Leigh Lilly, put a lot of work into rounding up some fantastic writers for PNC. I’ve been incredibly honored to be a part of this project since November 2011, first as a writer, and then later as editor, and I’ve enjoyed reading it since even before then. There’s no doubt that a lot of love and good thoughts went into the posts in this blog–almost 400 of them over the years! But as we all know, life has a way of shifting and changing. Many of the earliest writers for NUP found them selves unable to keep posting due to time restrictions, and even some of the writers that I recruited when I first became the editor late in 2012 are no longer actively posting here. Everything has a lifespan, and NUP is coming to the end of its time.
Never fear, though–many of the writers here maintain online presences elsewhere where you can keep reading our writings:
–Rua Lupa and I are starting a new blog together, Paths Through the Forests, over at Patheos.
It’s still in the setup process, but should be live sometime in May. ETA: The blog went live shortly after we posted this–here’s the link. We’ll be talking about bioregionalism, nature-based ways of living, eco-spirituality, and more–much as we have here. Our posts from No Unsacred Place will be archived there as well (but only mine and Rua Lupa’s, not those from the rest of the writers).
–I also have my own personal blog, A Sense of Natural Wonder, where there’s more nature pagan-y goodness, along with art, opinions, and other thoughts. I’ll make an announcement there when Paths Through the Forests is live, so you’re welcome to add my blog to keep an eye out for that news.
–If you’ve enjoyed Rua Lupa’s posts on Ehoah, check out her website, which has a lot more information on this way of living.
–Alison Leigh Lilly is blogging at her website, Holy Wild.
–Cat Chapin-Bishop may be found at her blog, Quaker Pagan, which she shares with Peter Bishop.
–Emma-Jayne Saanen, blogging and art and all, may be found at her site, Urbanimal.
–Sara Amis will also have a blog on Patheos coming up soon, where she’ll be writing about traditional witchcraft, so keep your eyes peeled!
–Eli Effinger-Weintraub invites people to add her Twitter account, where she posts links to her various writings on the web.
–Glen Gordon is blogging over at Humanistic Paganism; you can find his posts here.
–John Beckett has a blog over at Patheos, Under the Ancient Oaks.
–Juniper Jeni may be found (blog included) at Walking the Hedge.
–Ravenari posts writings and some fantastic photos and other art on her Dreamwidth account.
We hope that you’ll continue to enjoy the writings and other creativity we offer at these places. And, moreover, we thank you profusely for reading our works here, for your comments and conversation, and for every reblog, retweet, and other sharing of links and ideas. Rather than mourning the loss of NUP, remember the good we were able to do with it.
And keep the conversation going, too. The more we can share ideas on how to live more in harmony with the land and with each other, the greater our pool of resources becomes. NUP was just one hub of ideas, and it sprouted several others as writers from here went on to other projects, and as readers were inspired to start their own blogging efforts. This is a time of transition for us all; let’s see what seeds may sprout from the remains of a good idea.
Be well, and thank you all.