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!
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.
A few days ago a friend of mine, Nicole Conard, made an astute observation when speaking with another aquaintance by sharing, “Ben always has an opinion, you just have to ask for it.” My work in graduate school has commonly been described as “expository, but not quite critical enough.” One of the hallmarks of the blogosphere is to share useful information yes, but in many instances to engage in the constructive task of critique and dialogue–an intense back and forth intended to persuade, exhort, encourage, or further a particular perspective.
I enter into this arena tentatively, but as a writer, thinker, and future scholar (if all goes well), is there a better way to engage with others than to step forward into this cybernetic realm of give and take? Perhaps, perhaps not.