new domain name?
Well everyone. I want to thank you all personally for following and reading nakedpastor. I have been doing a lot of thinking lately, and there's something I want to share with you. For quite a while now I have struggled with the domain name, nakedpastor. It is a great and memorable name! It sticks in the minds of so many people, for good or ill. It has gotten the blog to where it is today. It captures so well one facet of who I am: a pastor who bares his heart, mind and soul online. I am introduced to complete strangers and I sometimes get the reaction, "Oh! You're the nakedpastor!" Sometimes pleasant. Sometimes not. However, there are two major problems with the name nakedpastor. One is: it is not a friendly name. For anyone who is in a public library, a university or college, at their place of work, or at home behind any kind of porn or accountability filter, nakedpastor is completely access denied! I want my blog to be accessible. So I've had a growing discontent and even frustration with the name "nakedpastor". Secondly, as a friend of mine put it, "David, one thing I have found when I switched to my own name as my domain name is that I forgot all about trying to tie into an identity that I had made up and I started being more ... myself." I am not only a pastor, but a cartoonist, a musician, and an artist. I believe in authenticity and in the freedom to integrate who I am in one person and in one place. I don't want to divvy myself up into different personalities and sites. I want to give you all of me. So: I have purchased and activated davidhayward.net. What do you think? I would love your thoughts on this. Reactions? I will always be nakedpastor. That is definitely a part of who I am. But what do you think about me eventually switching over to davidhayward.net? Will you still love me? I know it will take a few months to regain my footing, but is it worth it in the long run? I have in the past been accused of self-sabotage. Is this another case in point? Or is davidhayward a friendlier and more accessible name? Let me know what you think. And, with affection I say, thanks again.