9 August 2007

Ktismatics Overhaul

Filed under: Reflections — ktismatics @ 2:52 pm

Looking over the archives, I see that I wrote my first blog post a year ago today. So today seems like a good day to make a ktismatics overhaul.

I thought about quitting. I want to write another novel, as well as a some more extended pieces on psychology that extend beyond the length of a typical blog post. I tend to write posts in clusters, devoting days or even weeks to the same topic. That style can make it hard for a reader to jump in on any random day without having to back up and read the prior days’ posts. So I thought about changing my blog style, making each post a self-contained item like most other blogs. But I’m wanting to get more focused rather than less so.

I’m also starting my therapy practice here in Boulder. I find it difficult to describe my orientation in a few words, so I’m thinking maybe the blog might help establish a context. I don’t want to turn ktismatics into a self-help service or an advertisement, nor do I want to depersonalize my posts and comments to keep from revealing too much about my own pathologies. But what the heck: I don’t claim to be the paragon of mental health.

Then I thought about stopping this blog and starting up a new one. I could change the look, the focus, maybe even the name. Maybe I’d find it invigorating. I could put in a link to the old blog for those who want to troll the archives, but I could more or less leave the old obsessions behind and work on some new ones. Again, though, why not just tweak ktismatics a little? My old obsessions aren’t likely to go away, and besides, hardly anybody reads the archives anyway.

So I’ve decided to carry on: same blog, same name, same general approach, but with a few changes:

  • I’ve taken down the pages referencing my book on Genesis 1. Ktismatics began as a means of calling attention to the book and elaborating on the ideas it contains: generally I deem the blog a failure in achieving that end. Now it’s the practice’s turn…
  • I’m going to add a page describing the practice, for those locals who might want to give it a try. I posted one version of such a description previously; I’ll put up a new one tomorrow. Of course if my experience in drawing attention to the Genesis 1 book is anything to go on, then the blog page about the practice is likely not to draw much attention either.
  • I’ve added a blogroll, mostly because it makes it easier for me to consolidate in one place the links to blogs I read regularly. This use of a blogroll is probably obvious to everyone else, but it took me awhile to get it.
  • I might use the upper left sector of the blog for announcements. E.g., if there’s a movie I intend to watch and write a post about, I can let people know ahead of time in case they too want to watch it and engage in discussion.
  • I might start categorizing the posts a little more informatively. If I can be bothered, I might even recategorize the archives.
  • I might start printing off copies of the day’s post and distributing them around town. If I do this I might add to the post a very brief description of the practice, thereby creating a weird sort of sales brochure. If I get ready to do this I’ll post an example of what the “ad” part might look like.

For those of you who read ktismatics on a regular or occasional basis, thanks for following along. If you have any observations or suggestions about the blog please let me know.



  1. ktis,

    Happy blogoversary!! Time flies, doesn’t it? And what will the next year bring??

    Meilleurs voeux!!


    Comment by blueVicar — 9 August 2007 @ 3:05 pm

  2. wow…you/your blog are like a whole different person :)


    Comment by Jason Hesiak — 9 August 2007 @ 5:26 pm

  3. You’ve recently undergone the blog-change operation too. How does it feel? Does the new physical appearance change the way you think about your blog?


    Comment by ktismatics — 9 August 2007 @ 5:33 pm

  4. Many people try something new in the summer, I read in a French psychology website today. Makes me rethink about my blog-apearance too.
    Great introduction!


    Comment by Odile — 9 August 2007 @ 6:52 pm

  5. Yeah I think so. It seems lighter.


    Comment by Jason Hesiak — 9 August 2007 @ 7:17 pm

  6. Lighter indeed.
    Oh, and happy blogaversary too!


    Comment by Odile — 9 August 2007 @ 7:29 pm

  7. ktismatics congratulations on the move, if you need an icon avatar or an animation to grace the design, we can organize something given that you’ve been a sweet faithful reader of the parody center. why do you posit things as if you couldnt do longer and deeper writing right here?

    hesiak we missed you at the corporate theology debates starring anthonia paul smith!



    Comment by parodycenter — 10 August 2007 @ 3:56 am

  8. I MISSED THEOLOGY DEBATES WITH THE VOLATILE ANTHONY PAUL SMITH! Please direct me to a link!? I’m coming to enjoy explosions less and less, but I would still like to see it…


    Comment by Jason Hesiak — 10 August 2007 @ 10:05 am

  9. 1 – I would strongly urge you to keep the Gen 1 stuff up in the columns so that people can reference them. Most people are not interested, I have found, in my academically-oriented links, but every once in a while someone is and then I am very glad that I have it listed.

    2 – I like the idea of announcements. I just started watching Dr. Strangelove yesterday…interrupted, as usual, by friends…

    3 – Purple, eh? I wouldn’t have guessed that would be your color of choice….may I suggest adding pink floral arrangements???

    4 – It has been a very good year and I am very glad you are going to continue blogging. Blog is good. Even in its own right and not merely as a consumeristic/narcissistic means of advertising one’s self and one’s wares.


    Comment by Erdman — 10 August 2007 @ 12:20 pm

  10. I must confess that I found the purple to be entertaining as well. But I think maybe the Doyle was also making a subversive kind of Emperoratic statement (Roman Emperor wore purple robe). Like a “Who’s your Daddy?” kind of thing, to reference his fascination with Lacan.


    Comment by Jason Hesiak — 10 August 2007 @ 12:35 pm

  11. hesiak, the link to the debates is http://parodycentrum.wordpress.com/2007/08/06/theology-debates-starring-anthony-paul-smith/#comments

    smith put up a corporate act, refusing to engage in the questions I posed, but our reader SLP saved the discussion so turned out we didn´t really NEED smith in the first place… you are still welcome to visit, as is everybody else here


    Comment by parodycenter — 10 August 2007 @ 12:59 pm

  12. As for the purple…

    “We tried to research its origins. We engaged experts in obscure apocryphal texts, haggadic commentaries, Hermetic and neoplatonic sects. A Byzantine scholar of our acquaintance almost persuaded us that the notebook could be linked to the famous Purple Codices. Only three of these mysterious texts are known to exist: the Codex Purpurus at Rossano, which as you may know isn’t far from here, the Sinope Codex in Paris, and of course the fantastic Purple Gospel of Vienna, which had for centuries been mistakenly bound together with the Vienna Genesis. Decades ago our friend’s investigations had taken him to the remote wastes of Ethiopia. There, in the Abbey of the Sun at Cusquam above Gondar, he had been shown an illuminated manuscript de luxe chained to a lectern, a manuscript which he insisted bore unmistakable similarities to our notebook. Two hundred years before the Empress Iteghe Mentuab had presented the manuscript to the monastery. The story of how the Empress came into its possession is lost to time – perhaps the book had been looted from the storehouses of Mistra or Trebizond during the collapse of the Empire, though its origin, like that of the other three Purple Codices, probably can be traced to sixth-century Constantinople. Our man told us how he had stood, bowed and transfixed, as one of the Elders slowly turned the pages, contemplating the illuminations. Alas, the legendary Purple Creation of Cusquam is lost, presumably having been destroyed or stolen during the seemingly endless civil strife which continues to wrack that unfortunate land. No other scholar ever saw it, and several of our other experts are persuaded that the manuscript never existed except in the sun-addled imagination of our informant.

    “Though certain textual similarities linked our notebook to some of these sources, the text itself could not be traced. Eventually nearly everyone agreed that its style, as well as some of its content, suggested a more modern authorship. At the very least a modern redactor had put his hand to a more ancient original document, or documents. Two of our experts – one an academic in Istanbul, the other an itinerant black market dealer specializing in old manuscripts – had actually seen the notebook before we showed it to them. Both of them received their copies in the mail: no letter, no return address. One was mailed from London, the other from Mexico City. They were both hand-written, in English, purple ink, different handwritings.”


    Comment by ktismatics — 10 August 2007 @ 3:11 pm

  13. Parodycenter, I hate to impose further on your generosity, since you’ve been so kind as to guide my readings of Fink. As for longer pieces, you’re right: for those who wish to follow along, the trail is clearly marked, as is the case with your recent parodic soap operas. If the reader who shows up at installment 5 can’t be bothered to read the prior episodes, it’s their loss.


    Comment by ktismatics — 10 August 2007 @ 3:20 pm

  14. Short on time, but I did want to say “Great” and “Thanks”.

    I was just telling a friend about The Doyle’s unique way of presenting very difficult concepts patiently and in bite sized chunks so that even the least read can follow along, learn, and even participate in the discussions!


    Comment by samlcarr — 11 August 2007 @ 12:10 am

  15. I like the new look John.

    Its funny how all of a sudden I can’t recall the old one. The font colour is much easier to read in the purple I think.



    Comment by Ivan — 11 August 2007 @ 3:15 am

  16. “All of a sudden I can’t recall the old one.” My daughter was assigned to read “1984” over the summer. I think Winston, the main character’s job, was to rewrite history. After it was written then everybody was supposed to forget the old, un-PC version of history.


    Comment by ktismatics — 11 August 2007 @ 8:23 am

  17. Wait a minute, wait a minute….you say that you used to have a different blog design???


    Comment by Erdman — 11 August 2007 @ 10:50 am

  18. I really like the “Recent Comments” on the side bar. That helps me keep track of where the chatter is in some of the older posts.


    Comment by Erdman — 11 August 2007 @ 10:51 am

  19. I agree about the recent comments thing.


    Comment by Jason Hesiak — 11 August 2007 @ 1:26 pm

  20. Great narrative on the purple thing, btw.


    Comment by Jason Hesiak — 13 August 2007 @ 11:36 am

  21. Thanks. That was a brief excerpt from my first novel, where a purple manuscript figures prominently. The stuff about the purple codices is true, though. Also, I usually write in purple ink.


    Comment by ktismatics — 13 August 2007 @ 5:51 pm

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