Return to the Blogosphere

Creative Commons image by Declan Jewell

Creative Commons image by Declan Jewell

I’ve never been a huge fan of blogging. I’ve done it because I had to, and I’ve done it on a couple of occasions thanks to a burst of inspiration and a slow evening. However, some of the doubts I expressed in the first post I ever wrote on this site still remain – namely, do I have anything novel to share? Any new thoughts that people would care to read? In essence, what would I write about, and do I even have an audience?

While blogging started for me as a required part of PGS, I grew to appreciate the deeper level of communication that occurred when people took time to write, read, and comment on interesting posts. It certainly takes more effort to write out a blog post than a Facebook status, but it should – and that’s why I’d like to return to the “blogosphere.”

One recent post that helped me think more seriously about blogging is one Jeff Noble wrote about our “cultural communication crisis.” It’s an interesting read, so take a moment to check it out and understand where I’m coming from – and, if you’re so inclined, take a look at the comments to see my thoughts on it.

“I wonder if Facebook, Twitter and other social media conditioned us for pathetic sound-bytes that we mistook for real dialogue.”

The above excerpt from one of Jeff’s comments struck a chord with me, and although I’ll spare you my four-paragraph response, it suffices to say that I’d like to start replacing my frequent two- or five- or fifteen-minute chunks of time spent mindlessly browsing the web with some more intentional and meaningful digital interactions. I’m not cancelling Facebook anytime soon, but if I’m going to spend as much time on the internet as I already do, I want to make it more meaningful.

The other thing that finally led me to write this post is the effort a few of my friends have put into their blogs in just the past few days. Seeing them advertise their new posts on Facebook when I was already thinking about the value of blogging caused me to read and comment on their posts in an effort to encourage them to continue writing. Essentially, I see that I might already have a community of friends that blog, even when they’re not required to.

In closing, here are a few friends’ blogs I’ll be following. Interaction is key, so whether you know these people or not, drop a comment if one of their posts intrigue you or provoke some sort of reaction!

Zach Santmier – a longtime friend, newly married, and a worship pastor at a church in Ohio. He also just started a 3D educational puzzle business called Todo Creations!

Jeff Noble – my pastor in Blacksburg, Virginia – he’s a pro at this blogging thing. He’s also author of the challenging (and enjoyable/humorous) book Super Center Savior.

Austin Larrowe – my friend and travel buddy I met because of PGS. He does some pretty neat stuff, including run a non-profit he founded in Nicaragua called Feed by Seed.

I’m sure I have more friends with blogs, but these are the few that I’ve read recently, found thought-provoking, and hope to continue following closely. If you blog, leave a comment so I can get you in my Feedly feed (or whatever the terminology is)!

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  1. I’d like to start replacing my frequent two- or five- or fifteen-minute chunks of time spent mindlessly browsing the web with some more intentional and meaningful digital interactions.

    Great thoughts, and I look forward to reading! One benefit of creating blogging networks, interacting with other’s posts is the simple encouragement and accountability it provides. I’ve been blogging for a loooong time, and it’s always motivating when someone leaves a thoughtful comment or reply to a post.

    I’ll swing by and check out Zach and Austin’s blogs too!

    • Well thanks for giving me at least a one-person audience! It’s still going to be tricky figuring out what to write about… for the purposes of getting into the habit, I suppose “something” is better than “nothing,” but that’s also counter-intuitive when it comes to publishing content since I don’t just want to be “noise.”

      I suppose I’ll have to start somewhere and figure that out. Making time will also be tricky once classes start, so we’ll see how it goes!

      And good! Zach’s most recent post is an awesome story about how God used his tat as an ice-breaker into sharing the gospel at a prison – I hope you got/get the chance to read it!

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