UPDATE: You can check out my new site, Daf Aleph, here.
I've been meaning to write this letter for quite a while now, but it just never quite felt like the right time. Well, I don't think it will ever feel like the "right time", so I'm just going for it now.
As you have no doubt realized by now, I have not been very present online for the last year or so. This is because I have been pursuing religious studies abroad (in Israel, to be exact), and have not had the time, really, to write much on technology. (Although I have, for the most part, kept up with all the news and whatnot, just FYI, I guess.)
But I'll tell you the truth. The real reason I haven't been writing much on technology is because I just don't have that drive to do it anymore. In short, I just don't really care to write about it. In fairness, I've felt a little bit this way for a while now — even back when I was writing weekly. Much of what I did just felt a little forced.
Look, I've had a great run. We've had a great run. BitQuill has been tremendous, and I've loved doing it. But all good things must come to an end. And while I am not going to say that I will never update BitQuill again — I am going to be keeping the website around and maintained — I do not expect to write for BQ with any sort of regularity.
What's going on here? Well, nothing abnormal, I don't think. Passions change. Things you find true meaning in change. I still love technology and, as I mentioned, follow it closely. I'd bet my bottom dollar it will stay a close interest of mine for the rest of my life. But now more as a hobby — not my life itself.
I don't think I've changed, no, but grown. Evolution, not revolution. A shift in my focus. A shift in my life.
I know, I know. I'm sorry, I'm sorry. This is probably coming as somewhat of a shock. It's not a shock to me, because I've been myself for the last year or so and have felt this all coming along. From the outside, it's a little weird. I know. And I'm sorry. But this is the way that it is. And that's that, I suppose.
Onwards, and upwards.
Which is what I want to talk about now.
Fret not. I have not lost my passion for writing. I need to write. If I don't get my thoughts down on paper, in a coherent form for me to read back, I go a bit nuts. I need to organize my thoughts. I'm a big writer. And I plan to write quite a bit, and I plan to publish online.
The truth is, building on what I said above, I've only ever shown a very, very small part of myself online — the part strictly about technology. You'll note I never have gotten involved in really anything personal online at all. It was my website and its other branches all the way, and that was it. Never really any arguments or fights, never anything controversial. Certainly no politics or religion.
My presence online was an expression of my particular interest in technology. Just that little part of me. Not an expression of me, as a whole. And I always felt so restricted. So limited. There were so many things I wanted to talk about that just did not fit into the place on the web that I had carved out for myself.
Well, to heck with all that. That's all going to change now.
Nothing official yet, but I do plan on launching a whole new project online in the next few months. There's still a lot to be done, but we're getting there. Slowly.
But it's a radical departure from this site. It'll be a website devoted to that which is truly near and dear to my heart: the philosophy of Orthodox Judaism. Yeah, out of left field considering many of you probably didn't even know that I was Jewish. But it's not out of left field for me. In fact, it's everything to me.
So what can you expect? Well, Judaism, obviously. But it'll also be about God, philosophy, the modern world, and culture in broader strokes as well. And we'll get pretty intense too. No fluff. I fancy myself pretty well versed and armed with this stuff, and I'm really excited to start writing and talking about it in a public forum. I don't think it's at all what one would expect.
Now is not the time or place for more details on all this stuff. Really, you'll have to wait and see.
And that's just the thing. If this all sounds totally crazy to you right now, that's fine. I totally, totally get that. There is probably close to a 100% chance that this new website will not be something you are even remotely interested in reading. (Although, I do ask that, when it is released, you give it a chance — you might be surprised. I mean heck!, I don’t even know how many of you are Jewish/religious!) That's all sort of the point of me writing this whole thing. I know I'll be building and targeting a whole new audience — again, ergo this whole letter. And I'm okay with that.
If you want to come along for the ride, you are more than welcome. Consider this a heartfelt invitation. If not, consider this a heartfelt PSA.
Speaking of, all the details for the upcoming site will be announced on Twitter. I am, as always, @devirkahan. Oh, and speaking of speaking of, I'll no longer be holding back on Twitter either. It's all me now. So that'll be pretty different as well.
I realize this is a big jump. Like, really big. And to some extent, this whole letter was pretty weird, but I just felt the need to write an explanation.
Because, you know, I get a little nuts when I don't organize my thoughts and write things down.
Yours truly, Devir