After six years camping on this domain and debating what to do with it, now is the time to launch.
History: In May 2001 I sat in Togos noshing on a pastrami reuben while trying to come up with a cool name for a personal web site; a name that did not personally identify me. Many domain names are noun-based, but I wanted something with a verb, or at least based on a verb. My snarky pseudo-intellectual side wanted something Greek or Latin, since most of the content here would relate to Christian theology or philosphy. I asked, “How do you say ‘to say‘ something in Greek? or Latin?” After a while I came to “eloquor” which in Latin means something like “to express.” After a dozen lame attempts at conjugating “eloquor” it struck me: eloquorium, a place of expression. Eloquoirum! It sounded so smooth, but even better, no one owned the domain name yet! Finding an unowned domain wasn’t easy, even back in 2001; about 35,000 domains a day were being registered.
Distinctives: I never intended Eloquorium to be the typical Christian blog. In topic and tone, always wanted it to be edgy and engaging. More Mark Driscoll than Al Mohler. This represents an intentional departure from the sterilized “safe for the whole family” extra-Bibilcal moralism that governs the content of most Christian blogs.
Future: I have a few ideas where I want to go with this site. Initially, this will be my own personal Wittenberg Door; the place to nail my jeremiads and banter. But I’m considering another route, as I may open the site to other Christian authors. The so-called “team blog” concept has many attractions, but I’d lose the personal flavor of the site, too. But one of the driving reasons I may open the site to both regular and guest authors is to allow these individuals to post/discuss things that they can’t talk about on their normal “Christian” blog. Perhaps they have something to say, but don’t want their blog attacked by the growing number of self-appointed, vicious, watch-bloggers. I know there are Godly Christian bloggers out there who want to say controversial things, but don’t want their blog blacklistsed and blasted. Thought I haven’t yet decided to open Eloquorium to other writers, I do want to see them have a voice and use that voice without fear.