She’s been at it longer than many. And more recently, one sensed her experiencing an on-again, off-again relationship with the blogosphere.
Anne Jackson, author of Mad Church Disease (Zondervan) and Permission to Speak Freely (Nelson), and good friend of fellow bloggers such as Carlos Whittaker, Jon Acuff and Pete Wilson (just to name a few) is finally retiring her popular blog Flowerdust.net and its related Twitter account. This time, she sounds fairly determined that this is final.
Her reasons are outlined in her November 14th post, but can probably be summed up in one weighty statement:
I am not a blogger.
Her final post at FD actually makes a strong case for being a writer and not a blogger. There is a difference. There’s also the added element that online media can be all-consuming. Especially when you’re successful. Every comment you can moderate you must moderate.
But as someone who has been writing for Christian publications since the late 1970s, I can tell you there is nothing like having an audience for your writing. This particular internet innovation was, frankly, made for people like me and I wish it had existed for several decades. At the same time, I respect Anne’s decision, and her right to make that call.
She’s not entirely forsaking her web presence either. The end of Flowerdust is the beginning of Anne Jackson Writes, which debuted the same day as the final FD post. (If you’re new to Anne’s journey, the November 16th post is must-reading.)
Anne’s story is among the most complex I’m aware of, but I applaud her transparency and willingness to share that story with all of us. I wish her all God’s best in everything.