Life Recap and this Blog Moving Forward

I had a busier summer than I expected between an unexpectedly higher volume of work, some travel, and vacations. While my writing has made a comeback lately, it has not happened in this blog.

Here’s a summary of my work in the last 6-months(ish):

  1. Spoke at Skepticon 11 where I
    1. Released the topline results of the Secular Voices Survey (a nationally-representative survey of nonreligious Americans about various social and political matters).
    2. Introduced the Secular Voices Panel (a monthly survey of secular Americans about the 2020 elections, visit the link, we’re still recruiting)
    3. Announced the Indiegogo fundraising campaign for the project (You can still help)
  2. Wrote a few reports and analyses based on the Secular Voices Survey:
    1. Secular Identity, Belief in God, and 2020 Preferences (about candidate preferences in 2020 [In my company research blog in Medium])
    2. Voter Registration and 2020 Vote Intention (about how candidate preferences vary by voter registration status [in the Medium blog]).
    3. The Importance of Organized Secularism in Politics (about variation in political engagement by affiliation in secular organizations [in The Humanist]).
  3. Started writing for Religion in Public, a collective of political science experts in religion and politics. My first post:
    1. Rising Secularism and the Vanishing Latinx Republicans (Explores how the declining number of Republicans among Latinx people is not just about “immigration politics” but also because the pool of religious conservative Latinxs is declining).
  4. Started a new monthly column in The Humanist: ‘Nonedecision 2020‘ about nonreligious Americans and electoral politics. The first entry:
    1. Nonedecision 2020: Four Decades of the None Vote (analysis of how nones have voted for president since 1980.

The future of this blog

It seems that I have rearranged my writing into various camps: work-related research can be found at my company blog in Medium; more scholarly-type writing in Religion in Public; and movement-related political analysis in The Humanist. Initially, I wanted this blog to serve as a hub for that.

Instead, I will make this a more personal blog. I think it will fit better with the social justice angle of the collective. Expect rants about children’s shows. I have various theories and have spent a lot of time overthinking about gender relations in Thomas the Tank Engine, deconstructing my child’s favorite singers and bands, as well as discussions of race in the current political context…possibly about the election when these don’t fit any of my other writing outlets. Some of these will be in Spanish since many of my child’s favorite songs and books are in that language and audience-wise makes more sense.

That’s it for now….

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