As I've explained, this blog started out as my own notes about my thoughts and research on Book of Mormon geography. It was handy because I could access it anywhere. I haven't promoted it on Facebook, youtube, twitter, etc. It has grown organically, to the point where hundreds of people seem to be following it and discussing it. Gradually, it became a way for me to comment on what I saw going on in the academic world, with the hope of changing some biases and provoking some reconsideration of what has been published on this topic.
There are many different ideas about Book of Mormon geography. I've seen estimates of 150+ maps. Obviously, I can't address them all, nor would it be wise to do so. Up to this point, I've focused on the North American setting, and sometimes I've contrasted it to the Mesoamerican setting. Recently people have been commenting on other settings.
Going forward, I'm going to focus on explaining the North American setting without contrasting it to other ideas. Here are some of the reasons:
1) There is much more to say about North America. I've barely started.
2) All I'm doing on this blog is explaining why I think the things I do. IMO, only the North American setting harmonizes Church history, the text itself, and all relevant geography, geology, anthropology, archaeology, etc. This seems self-evident to me, starting with Letter VII, but I realize others see things differently and I'm fine with that (see #7 below).
3) The other models can speak for themselves.
4) I trust people to make up their own minds.
5) All I've wanted from the academic world is fair representation the North American setting (instead of suppression and opposition). Lately I've been assured that this is imminent.
6) Other Book of Mormon scholars have also assured me they will adopt the same approach; i.e., explain their reasoning for their beliefs and stop criticizing others. Most of us agree that the main purpose for even discussing this topic is to increase understanding of the text and motivate people to read the Book of Mormon, with all that entails.
7) I think it's great when people find their own meaning in the Book of Mormon. If someone in Chile, or Peru, or Colombia, or Guatemala, or Mexico, or Baja, or Malaysia, or Eritrea, or anywhere else wants to believe the Book of Mormon events occurred in their area, that's great. I have no compulsion or need to persuade them otherwise. Up to this point, I have contrasted the Mesoamerican setting because of the decades of academic support it has attracted. I've had to "level the playing field" a little by pointing out a few fundamental issues (as everyone knows, I think the Mesoamerican model is based on a mistake in Church history). My position has been well enough established that I don't need to keep blogging about it, unless people ask questions.
Speaking of that, many of the people following this blog have made requests, including these:
1) Organize the posts by subject matter.
2) Change the name so it sounds more peaceful, academic, fun [pick your own adjective].
3) Speak to specific topics [i.e., I get individual requests and questions]
To address all of these objectives, I'm going to announce new blogs in the near future that will be organized by topic. The material from this blog will be archived (so long as the material it addresses is archived), but I have lots of new material.