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Front and Center, pt. 1

After I had finished my last blog post and received some feedback from it, I began to think. Exactly why is it that we do this blogging business?

I read my feedback, went back over my blog and thought to myself, “Boy, this is heady. Is this stuff even follow-able? Can it be read by ANYONE and be understood? Can it make a difference, and somehow clarify an issue that had previously been misunderstood (or, more appropriately for me, articulate an additional opinion, offer an additional viewpoint)?

I do not mean to be overly difficult in my blog writing, nor do I want to present my opinions as “my way or the high way.” Anyone who blogs–ANYONE–is merely offering an opinion. The few absolute truths offered in the Christian religion, for Christians, are the exception, and the previous post offered very few of those, if any.

Comprehending my blog post forced me to examine myself and my motives in writing. Why is it that I write? On one level, there is a selfish motive, I confess. I do want someone to say, “Hey, look. What he has to say is pretty cool–let’s have him write here!” or “Let’s have him come teach here!” or something of the sort.

Actually, I have another confession: in my case, that was (maybe IS) the main reason.

If I do end up in the academic field some day, this is the norm. As one of my professors put it, “Theologians and exegetes get paid to argue with each other.” That’s true, I think. You write, and you hope that your book or article will be picked up by a publisher. Someone sees your book or article and reviews it. If this review is negative, then you respond with another article to counter their “attack.”

One would think that there is a great deal of ego involved in this process, and some may say this is rightfully deserved. Respected theologians and exegetes have earned their stripes–they have toiled, labored, clawed and scratched to get to where they are in their respective field. A bit of ego is arguably to be expected after overcoming such hurdles as they have.

I thought of this, and thought of my blog on a smaller (much smaller!) scale, and thought, “Why am I doing this?” and “Is there a place for this?”

More later.

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  1. Luke
    June 8th, 2012 at 12:36 | #1

    If the point is to argue, then it’s a poor platform for that. You need a method of engagement, not broadcast.

    I would postulate that the purpose of blogging (and journaling before that) isn’t to get noticed, it isn’t to state an opinion or the truth. Blogging should be a process of self-discovery. It’s an excuse to research; a reason to defend a loosely-held thought; a chance to explore your own thoughts. It’s a place where you can be wrong for the purpose of discovering truth. Blog for yourself, no one else. Once you turn your blog into a platform for broadcast, you’ll subject yourself to outside metrics of success (follow rates, comment rates, ability to motenize, etc etc). That stuff may come, but not because people believe you when you tell them that they should listen to your broadcast; those things come when you decide to tell a human story… YOUR story.

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