Concerning Life as It Is Supposed to Be

The Future of “Somber and Dull”

I love writing this blog, and I am gratified by the kind words many of you often pass my way in response. Some of what has been written here has resonated in an encouraging and helpful way with some of you. When “Somber and Dull” lay dormant for a couple of years, a few of you kept prodding me to resurrect it, and so I did. I like to think I have things to say that are worth saying, and this blog gives me the space to say them. I am trying to contribute something positive and helpful regarding how we are to live as Christians and the church in the modern world.

So far, I have written for a core of very loyal readers, a core who either are fond of the name “Somber and Dull” or who are not put off by it. But as I consider ways to grow the readership of the blog, I think the time has come to put the title out to pasture.

“Somber and Dull” was chosen as the title of this blog on a whim when I started it in October, 2006. You can read about that here and here.

The title and its ironic sensibilities grew on me and a few others. Others, however, are puzzled by it. In fact, the title confuses even internet sales algorithms, one of which thought this week that it would be suitable to inform me that the domain name ‘somberandstupid’ was available if I wanted to purchase it.
I’ll pass, but the point was received. The title is too obscure.

Soon, therefore, I will be giving this site a good makeover christening it with a new name and a new URL. You won’t see the changes soon, and I’ll give plenty of warning.
By Enrico Mevius - Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 3.0 de,
As I was thinking through this, I drove by a pond and watched a duck start at one end and madly flap his wings trying to gain altitude and speed. That will be me trying to move this blog along. I may crash into the far end of the pond, but that’s okay. There may also be a chance to soar.


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  1. When I saw the title of this post in feedly, I was afraid this meant you wouldn’t be writing here anymore. . . I’m thankful to know that this just means a tech/title update.

    Sadly, TulipGirl was internally corrupted by spammy hackers. Almost all content from years ago? Lost. I have a backup on some hard drive somewhere. And a few posts in Scrivener. One of Hubby’s and my projects is to battle the tech stuff and emerge on the other side. One day. I miss writing.

    Glad you aren’t disappearing. . .

  2. Gail Brightbill

    I, too, TulipGirl, was afraid Somber and Dull was disappearing forever. I thought, “Noooooooooo.” My hasty jump to the wrong conclusion just proves it’s wise to read beyond the headline. I’m happy you’ll be continuing your posts albeit under a different handle.

  3. Thanks to both of you. Clearly one of the tasks on the ‘to-do’ list is to increase the accuracy of my headlines!

  4. I wish you all the best in growing your blog as long as you have fewer views than I do. Plus I’m not going to make any cheap duck puns.

  5. Suzanne Santana

    As I read this I also thought you were giving up your writing. Glad to know you will keep the blog alive and excited to see the changes.

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