This week I have had the privilege of speaking to writer Vicky Walker (@vicky_walker), to ask her some questions about blogging and social media.
Vicky has written articles for multiple magazines and websites, was asked to speak at CNMAC12 and has also published her own book, –Do I Have to Be Good All the Time? which has received great reviews.
When not writing for Christianity Magazine or Threads, Vicky puts her musings onto her blog.
When I asked Vicky about her blogging, she said:
“Just to throw a spanner in the works, I’m not really a blogger! I write occasionally, when something utterly brilliant occurs to me that the world needs to know. Slightly more seriously, I started off writing books and found little moments that didn’t really fit those themes but were still fun or interesting and a blog seemed to be a good place for them to live.”
I then asked how her blogging affected her as a Christian, to which Vicky replied:
“I like that in 500 words or so those posts can make someone smile or think about something differently. I usually steer away from making big statements on the issues in the Christian world and write about every-day things through a spiritual lens.”
I was interested to see if Vicky thought that blogging could be a useful tool to help others. When asked, she said that:
“It seems blogging is often a ‘thinking out loud’ space which seems to help people process their thoughts and feelings about life and issues. I’m sure that connecting with like-minded people online can be a great source of friendship and comfort.” She went on to talk about the use of social media and blogging in campaigns. Vicky said that it can help to raise awareness, move a debate forward and “gain momentum for campaigns.”
“So many conversations now take place online which otherwise would have been dependent on traditional media. People can create their own platforms now.”
Finally I asked in what ways she saw the Internet, particularly social media, integrating with the future church.
“It seems that church is existing more and more online, creating more integration. Sites like Twitter are at the forefront because of their immediacy. Traditional websites (how things have moved on if websites can already be traditional!) offer a ‘This is us’ approach, telling people what they think they want to know, or what they want them to know.
Social media offers the chance for conversation. Yes, it’s short, sound-bitey and doesn’t always show us at our best, but real connections are made, important news spreads quickly and support, empathy and prayer are offered quickly and willingly among people who may never have met in person. ‘Church’ can exist for people who may not even be able to get out of bed, as community is created.”
I’d like to thanks Vicky for taking the time to answer these questions, and apologise for the lack of ‘trench-coat and searching questions’ that she’d expected of a journalism student.