I’ll be back

Turns out that I can’t not blog. I have too many things I want to say. I thought that it would just go away if I didn’t blog for a while, but it didn’t. For now, I’m redoing my blogroll, setting up my news / blog aggregator, probably changing to WordPress or something like that, and thinking hard about the character of my blogging going forward – questions like what I ought to blog about, how much I should blog, etc.

I wrote this to a friend about my lack of blogging:

I’m starting to prefer small, personal, ongoing conversation, to anonymous, big, “thus saith my blog” writing. Our religion was started by one guy with twelve followers. The Bible says there is no end to the making of books, and elsewhere that not many of us should presume to be teachers. Blogging just doesn’t seem to fit well with that.

If I have something really spectularly important to say, I’ll write a book. Otherwise, I’ll teach my Sunday School class at church, teach my family, and discuss with my friends.

Overall, friends are better than links, small is better than large, relational is better than impersonal, and silence is better than my ramblings.

I don’t know exactly how that works out practically, but I want to blog in line with that.

So anyway, stay tuned (if there’s anyone left). I plan on resuming blogging early next week.

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4 Responses to I’ll be back

  1. Jared says:

    I was wondering when you were gonna change the name to Dead Man Slacking. ;-)

    Rethinking/reevaluating blogging is in the air, I think. If you’ve checked Mysterium Tremendum lately, you’ve seen I’ve added another month or so to my sorta hiatus there.

    Looking forward to your re-launch, man.

  2. Eric says:

    Blogging seems to be easier if you do it on your terms, rather than what you think someone else expects. Even though that sounds counterintuitive to most bloggers’ goals of getting as wide an audience as possible, I think that blogging to the beat of your own drummer (please forgive me) will actually give you the best (if not the largest) audience while providing much more satisfaction.

    But what do I know. I fail miserably at taking my own advice.

  3. Rodney Olsen says:

    Welcome back.

    I think that our face to face conversations with others always involve a lot of ‘small talk’ that help us to get to know one another. It’s only when we have that basic understanding that we can talk about deeper things.

    My blog is full of ‘small talk’ so that those who read it can get to know me a little. I know that some may see that as being shallow but I think it’s essential if others are to take me seriously when I blog about deeper issues.

    I certainly don’t get a huge audience but I have had some amazing interaction with people who otherwise would not have contact with Christians. The amazing thing is the warm response I’ve had from those people when I have posted some very straight down the line Christian content.

  4. Barry says:

    Knew you’d be back! :-)

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