Should I follow the advice given in this column? Paul Boutin argues that the blog is dying, and Twitter (and sites like them) are the future.
Weigh in. I don’t plan on stopping the blog anytime soon, but I found this column interesting.
Today the blog passed a major milestone. Thanks to everyone who has stopped in, checked out my musings, and participated in the conversation. My top views have been on the following topics:
While I’m glad to know that those reports have generated interest, here’s hoping that the future holds an increase in theological and ethical conversation!
To those who frequent this space, thank you.
Over the past seven months I’ve kept this blog running strong, posting regularly on faith, culture, theology, politics, and sports. I’ve delved into church leadership practices, made my best effort at discerning present and future challenges facing Christianity, attempted to read the social and political landscape in the United States, and along the way have sought out friends, dialogue partners, and fellow thinkers to sharpen the discussion. Thanks to all of you who have visited, commented, and linked, and thanks to everyone who has stopped by to check out what I’m pondering. This includes people I’ve met face to face, and people I have only encountered through this page. Shout outs to Deana, Brandon, Michael, Andrew, David, Will, Pantheophany, Jeff, Kevin, Scott, Matt, Clif, Nathan, and Mike for kicking some traffic my way and for engaging my material. Special thanks to Ryan for sending me fodder for the humor mill, including news of Ric Flair’s Tuesday beating. Amazingly, that post doubled my total web traffic for the day.
In recent weeks my focus has turned to the American race for the presidency and to a variety of pop culture happenings. In the coming weeks I plan on posting some reflections on biblical material and various theological works I have been reading. Thanks again to those frequenting this space. I hope we can keep the dialogue going.
Well, I’ve been blogging here at WordPress since the month of January. This is the second blog that I’ve maintained in my history, the first being a Xanga site that I updated so infrequently it was embarrassing. A group of preteens that I ministered to in Allen, Texas were lighting up the Xanga world, and I got lassoed in. Like so many other people who begin blogs, I thought I had something relevant to say and I anticipated that commentary would flow forth from my being like water from a spring. I was wrong. I shut down that account a couple of weeks before I launched this one, and of all the posts I had recorded I deemed only one worth saving.
Yesterday I spent time flipping through a stack of magazines that I had failed to read last year while focusing on my studies at KU, and I came across this quote:
The blog world risks becoming one giant midrash on The New York Times’ front page.
–Ted Olson, “Tidings”, Christianity Today, October 2007
At times I’ve felt this way. That’s one of the things I’ve learned–much of the blogosphere is commentary, some of it good, some of it bad. Within the rabbinic tradition years of redaction preserved what was best and discarded that which was unhelpful. You have to wonder what significant ideas are emerging from the blog world that will endure. Right now we’re swimming in the garbled ocean of both treasure and trash. When surfing in the blog world, there is some sense of satisfaction when I come across a gem–an insight, a helpful link, or a solid music/book/movie review.
Here are some of the other random things I’ve learned from blogging:
That’s the short list.
As for me, I’m off to the gym.
I found this blog while reading comments at Stuff White People Like. Some of you will find this offensive–it is satire, it should offend you. But it should also make you look a little bit closer at those things you hold true, and cause you to question the form god-talk takes within public discourse.
Thoughts and reactions?