Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Let's Do This.

Is blogging cool? 

To some, I suppose, it's cool. But I've determined I have no real clue what cool is anymore, so maybe I should avoid the question altogether. Anyway, blogging has certainly become much more than a fad. If someone said "blog" 5 or 6 years ago people might say, "God Bless You. Are you coming down with something?" If someone said blog 3 or 4 years ago people might respond, "Oh, he's one of those guys." You say "blog" today, and most people say, "yeah, I read that one too." So let's determine on the front end that blogging isn't cool. It's become too mainstream to be cool. Maybe for the early adopters it was some variation of cool, but for most of us it's just become part of the information black hole that is the innerwebs. The endless number of angles on a given subject can suck you in like a astronomical vacuum. Consuming hours on the meandering thoughts of others is just part of this world...I've at least learned that much. 

So reading blogs has become normal. It's on par with reading the newspaper or checking email. It's just something we do now. Writing a blog is on the cusp of normal. Blogs have become places for families to interact, for pastors to communicate with parishioners, for journalists to expound their pieces. The manifold use of a blog is fairly exhaustive. For many, however, the blog is just another exercise in vainglory and narcissism. It is the big brother of social networking, which is another internet anamoly that is now mainstream.

The whole Facebook thing is both socially and technologically phenomenal. In fact, just the other day a friend of mine pointed out that we all now can live like superstars.  People seem to care what we do on a daily/hourly basis (facebook, twitter), people read whatever crap we write (blogs), and we live along with our own personal soundtrack (ever taken a walk with your ipod in your ears and thought "Man, I am cool. This is a scene out of an indy film!")? 

Here is my fear of things like the facebook status, it blurs a very important distinction between (a) how I really am and (b) how I want to project myself. it is exactly the same with blogs. 


Today I am (a) feeling lazy and could waste the entire day with naps, Sportscenter, and pop tarts.  But, I don't want to project myself as lazy.  So, I (b) tell people that I am going to finish looking at the reformed epistemological framework of Herman Bavinck. This intellectual mumbo jumbo is what I sort of need to do today, but it is not what I am currently doing.

This might not seem overly frightening, other than I have now become a promoter or ad salesman of myself (Jay is always doing such intellectual stuff, he is very smart).  But, for a generation raised on this, I fear that the distinction may be departing.  College kids think that (b) IS (a). They think they are being honest, not projecting what they want people to think.  


It is as if they are all on the bachelor. They lie to themselves and say that they forget that the cameras are on. They tell themselves that their projection EQUALS their true identity.  

This is not good for a number of reasons.  One of them being that a honest self-identity is very important for life, and not to mention, for a proper understanding of our need for the gospel. 

Second, when I was in college I didn't really even use email and no one had a cell phone. I was a part of the last of the legitimately un-wired college students. Today this stuff is an extension of the individual (txting, twittering, etc...). No one takes a picture, or ponders a moment of activity without thinking about how it will be framed on their facebook for all their "friends" to see. I don't think we understand the social ramifications of such an outlook on life. This is part of the reason I have ditched my experiment with facebook, and have taken to blogging.

So blogging...yeah, how will I keep from going about this like the attention seeking social networker that pines for comments and online interaction? How will I keep this whole project from being about me? How will I contribute to the blogosphere in a manner that one, doesn't just regurgitate what everyone else is posting and two, doesn't presume that everyone really wants to hear what I have to say? Here are just a few ways:

1) I will seek to be positive. I neither want to be a doctrine cop, or a Debbie Downer. My hope is in an unchanging, radically gracious, powerful God and His Gospel. I have very little to be negative about.

2) I will leverage this blog for the gospel. More about this in my second post.

3) I will occasionally post pictures and updates regarding my marvelous family. This is borderline narcissism, but my wife and children are beautiful so I would be doing any reader I might have a great disservice if I denied them photographs of my family.

4) I will be honest. I don't want to distort who I am or what I am struggling with for the sake of perception. I will not use this forum to manage my public relations, and exalt myself. As I mentioned, there's enough of this sort of tomfoolery going on out there.

5) I will not post everyday. Too much pressure...I want this to be joy, and not a burden.

That's about it. Let's go...


  1. It only makes sense to find your compass points before launching the adventure. You've put together your traveling guidelines and pretty well defined how you will use your vehicle.

    I was almost expecting a blogsite mission statement. It would be pretty easy to extract on from your 5 points (core values).

    I think we understand that writing forces us to use language to congeal thoughts. Or as my writing prof in college would say, "crystallize one's thinking". Does language suffice? Does one's own writing ability do justice to the pathos of thought? I think you're safe there.

    A+ start.

  2. Having just passed one of those Televangelist Channels as I searched for ESPN I'm thinking a sister blogspot should be Battling Belief (stupid stuff people belief)... My negative contribution to your positive site

  3. What a great way to start your blog! I feel like this topic could be made into a book. Great bachelor analogy btw.

  4. the title of your blog should be: "have a jayful day"