(THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO COMMENTED DURING “PUBLIC COMMENTS” WEEK. NOW WE WILL GO BACK TO OUR USUAL PRIVATE COMMENTS POLICY, WHICH MEANS I WILL SEE COMMENTS SENT TO THE BLOG, BUT THEY WILL NOT BE VISIBLE TO OTHER SITE READERS AFTER NOVEMBER 17, 2017.)
I began this icon blog in 2011. At that time, I had no idea whether such a blog would interest anyone. Writing it was the result of remembering my frustration when I first began to study icons decades ago. There was a severe lack of any practical information that would help one learn how to read icons, and to understand the history behind them. Remembering that, and all the work I had to go through to learn over the years, I decided to begin a blog that would quickly make any interested person more of an expert on icons than a great many “professionals” in the field.
My approach was not — and is not — religious. I see icons as representatives of earlier times and cultures, extending all the way back to the pre-Christian veneration of images of the gods. I had read a lot of nonsense over the years in “religious” books about the history of icons, and I decided to dispel many of the myths they repeat again and again from book to book and website to website.
I have to say, I have been very surprised by the large numbers of people reading this site, and the friendly messages I often receive from them.
Now as you know, I ordinarily do not post comments on this site (as many web sites do). However, given the amount of time this site has existed, I decided to stop posting for about a week, to give readers a chance to comment publicly if they wish. What kind of comments? Well, anything you want to say. If you like the blog, and why — if you don’t like the blog — if you want it to continue — if you would like more information on a certain aspect of icons or a certain related subject. Of course I know there are some very conservative religious people out there who don’t like the idea of a non-religious blog on icons at all — but given that I provide more useful information than any other English-language site, they seem to read the blog anyway.
So please, you are invited to send comments of all kinds. If you have complaints, this is your chance to “blow off steam.” And if you like the site, this is your chance to tell me you want it to continue. You may also add anything about your interest in icons. Comments may be in any language you wish. I know I have a lot of readers who are able to read English but prefer to write in their own language, and that is good. Write in whatever language you prefer.
If you have anything to say about this site, please let me know by posting a comment within the next seven days, beginning right now. If you prefer to be anonymous, just tell me in the message, and I will remove your name from your comment.
This “Comments Week” will last until November 17th, 2017.
Thanks to all of you for reading,