GodBlogCon: Day 2 thoughts

Some thoughts on today’s discussion.

I plan to try more to get people engaged with my Classics & Christianity topics. I really would like a dialog to be taking place on the reading and discussions I’ve done here. At the very least, the Biola/Torrey Honors program has resources and perhaps people who could comment and contribute. I also feel encourage by my attempts to blog my wandering spiritual journey through the forbidding forest of theological resources. It will be interesting to see how the Spirit and my eclectic reading habits combine to wend my way to grandmothers house.

One thing which people find attractive to generating interest is the group blog. We are warned that too many contributors spoils the pot. Loss of individuality is another loss. Josh Clayborn noted that, and I also have observed that. Intellectuelle and In the Agora are both group blogs I read regularly. However, I don’t really distinguish many of the different voices on that site. For better or worse, peoples names do not connect with me so well. Anyhow, here’s my contribution (thought?). Group blogs with a large number of participants can work, I think to generate discussion, dialog and interest. However, this may succeed best if:

  • the topic is kept narrow,
  • has general interest,
  • and breaks into sub-blogs if the traffic gets too high.

I think it would have been great to get that started here while we are all in person, but e-mail will work too. A listserv may help get things organized.

Joe Carter (Evangelical Outpost) mused about the “theology of blogging”. Now, he also spoke of a “hermeneutic of culture”. On the flippant side, one might wonder if he’s just in the practice of taking words we normally don’t put together, and trying them on for size. However … both phrases might have resonance. For myself, before I consider a theology of blogging it seems that I really have to put together a “theology of Mark” (that would be me, not the Gospel). More seriously, a theology of blogging it seems only makes sense in the context of the theology of the blogger. Since that is such a varied thing, given our different backgrounds and beliefs it would seem that a theology of blogging would have to either mean many different things or very little.

One of the ideas that was expressed is important was that blogging is at the cutting edge of the “new media”. Christianity has a chance to be at the front of the blade of that cutting edge. We have a singular message (that would be the Gospel) which we all want to get out. Group blogs and other new cooperative efforts to magnify and strengthn our voice, message, and presence in the blogiverse should not be overlooked and passed up. We should try new things and new ideas in this, experiment to find ways to blend our voices into a chorus. With many different parts and voices (and occaisonal solo performances?) and carve for use a significant niche in this new media. So we do not pass this opportunity up before it is too late.

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  1. Julana says:

    I don’t read group blogs, because the “voice”/point of view is what I find attractive about a blog. Also, they tend to exacerbate my ADD. 🙂
    Glad you got to go to Godblogcon. Bet it was interesting.

  2. Mark says:

    My thoughts on group blogging would be to create issue related group blogs, the entries for which are cross posted on individual sites. That can stimulate interest and conversation (like Theologica) which is good for the blogger and the community.

  3. Mark Daniels says:

    I’m not sure how it didn’t happen, but our paths didn’t seem to cross during GodBlogCon. But I really enjoyed it a lot!

    I also enjoyed your comments on it.

    Hopefully, we will meet some time.

    Blessings in Christ,
    Mark Daniels