Pilot Post: Not just another Atheist Blogger

Let’s get right down to business – you want to know ALL THE THINGS, such as who am I, what am I doing writing at Unenslaved.com, why should you read my posts, and what makes me want to blog anyway?

Who am I? That’s an excellent question, thanks for asking. My name is Amanda Novotny and I’m a sarcastic, eclectic, anxiety-ridden, liberal, introverted, thoughtful, intelligent, creative, compassionate, Harry Potter obsessed, overly analytical, awkward atheist that swears like a sailor and loves dogs. Currently I serve as the President of the Siouxland Freethinkers in Sioux Falls, SD, and I am the South Dakota State Director for American Atheists.  Those are titles that don’t tell you a lot about me other than I’m motivated, passionate about the atheist/freethought cause, and have no time for magic sky daddies that allegedly have the power to fix all of the world’s problems, but choose to sit idly by while innocent people suffer and die. But more about that later.

What am I doing here? Well, what are any of us really doing anywhere, man? In all seriousness, Jered is a friend and was kind enough to give me the opportunity to empty the plethora of thoughts whirling about in my head into blog posts on Unenslaved.com.

Why should you read my posts? There are a lot of atheist bloggers out there, with a lot of interesting things to say. I’m going to blog about atheism, but I’m also going to talk about and tie in a variety of other topics as well. Humanism, secularism, and skepticism will also be on the menu.

I grew up in the midwest and wasn’t raised with any particular religion. Life deals each and every one of us a different hand, and all those circumstances and events form us into a unique human with a very particular perspective. I want to share mine with you.

Those descriptors that I used for myself up above? I’m sure they’ll worm their way into posts as well. If they seem familiar to you, or you relate with them, then this is a good place for you.

Why am I blogging? The atheist community at large has been so kind, supportive, and all around wonderful to me. They are truly my second family. There have been so many that have paved the way for me and acted as guides and mentors, and if I can help even one person with their journey, it’s worth it. This is my very small way of contributing and giving back a little bit. That may sound corny, but it’s true and comes from my heart (yes, atheists have those).

Writing also serves as a creative outlet for my thoughts, opinions, and ideas, speaking only on behalf of myself, not an organization. Bleeding out via ink and written word is therapeutic.

Finally, the past few months have found me on an intense quest for honesty – to surround myself with honest people and to live honestly. I’ve been a long time proponent of critical thinking, logic, fact checking, and truth. This leg of my hunt for an honest life is a bit more personal, but still ties in all those ideas with a focus on application. In large part, that’s what this blogging experience is about for me – seeking truth, finding truth, and learning more about myself and this world that we live in.

If you’ve made it this far, thank-you. We will talk again soon.

Peace & love,