I don’t love blogging, but I think it’s important. I don’t think it’s important because of the family updates…though that is what a portion of you are seeking. I think it’s important because,
1) It teaches me more about technology and using it rightly and for my King. While this might not be the high end, staying in the loop about how it works will help as I discover what technology can do to further Christ’s Kingdom. Ours is a world quickly becoming dependent upon the internet. This is good in a way because it is taking us back to a word-oriented society, which reminds me of a book I’m supposed to be reading soon (sorry TS).
2) It teaches me to think. I have a journal that has remained nearly blank for a long time. Journaling/blogging is a way of processing thoughts and putting them into real words. Sifting, sorting and organizing words into concise sentences is a habit of a healthy mind. The act of regurgitating thoughts into palpable and coherent sentences is a healthy process. Teachers never learn more about their subject than when they teach it. It’s one thing to receive information, but to give information is a whole separate level.
3) It holds me accountable. i added the “What I’m Reading” tab for me…not for you. Not reading is a sign of stagnation. God gave me the ability to read and the ability to process what I read, I should use His gifts…not let them sit idle. Having those books sitting there in list form is a great motivation to me.
4) It keeps me sharp. When I am looking for blogging material as I go about my day, it helps me to consider what I see past just the surface event. There needs to be digging. There needs to be an expanding.
5) It is a history of me. We today are horrible historians. We have a vision of the here and now and have no regard for the biblical multi-generational approach. I want my sons to know who I am. They can learn by talking to me, and they can learn by reading who I am. The things that I post, the topics that I address, the books that I read will help them in this. This would be especially effective motivation to make my postings more well-rounded. As I intend to perish before I could ever speak all the things I want them to know, herein is a separate record of me. How enjoyable and profitable it would be to pore over the journals of the previous generations…to learn their names and histories and thinkings.
6) It is an encouragement. All of the previous (except #3) could be true if I just typed this into a word processor and left it on my own harddrive for my boys to find someday, but the act of sharing these things has been an encouragement to many. I say this because you have told me so. Some of the regular readers tell me you are regular readers. Some of you thank me for ideas for rearing children and appreciate references to current events. Though I post sporadically, you tell me you like the well-roundedness of the postings.
One thing I would ask is that you please 1) continue to give input. Feel free to leave comments to my postings and 2) Consider blogging yourself…at least consider it. The personal advantages are many.
Yesterday, I found this quotation on Sharper Iron. It speaks to some of these things. The author doesn’t publish his name so I won’t ask him if I can credit him, but I will link you to the full text of his “In Praise of Blogging.” I won’t necessarily commend you away from this posting or commend the whole posting to you, but here’s the gist to which I want to point…
“Blogging is an opportunity to think. As one of my favorite writers said, “language is the technology of thought”. I further believe thinking and writing are not coincidental acts, they are the same act. To blog is to think in public, sometimes in a more gratifying way because you have readers, sometimes in a more embarrassing way because you have contradictors. But I believe thinking is important enough to risk it.
Blogging might not make you a great thinker, but then reading the Bible won’t make you a great Christian either. Both are a move in the right direction.
Posting regularly to a blog changes how you live. Everything you see, you now see as grist. Even if for only the duration of the red light, you reflect to some degree on the value of what you just heard on the radio. Is it true, is it meaningful, is it significant, does it justify my ventilation of it? It is the start of a life of reflection.
It’s not that many of us didn’t already do this, but I suggest that what we did between our ears should not have made its way into publication. We might never have found out how much pure junk was rattling around up there because we never sorted through it properly.
Blogging is not the remedy for all our corrupt institutions, obviously. We got rid of Dan Rather but there are still thousands more. I don’t mean to make this thing bigger than it is. But neither do I want us to suppose that it is less than it might be.”
[content of this post edited 11/08]