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.