So I thought I’d try this out.
Having a blog with quite a precise focus this could be difficult, but for at least this week I’ll face the challenge! Here goes!
The truth is something that can avoid us online. There are so many ways to decieve and trick, in terms of identity and otherwise.
Some thrive on the anonymity of the web, concealing who they are they feel that there are no consequences to their actions. Trolls, are basically who I am talking about.
There have been some pretty nasty incidents online regarding trolls recently. The problem is that no-one really knows what to do about it, should internet access be cut? Comments sections abandoned?
It’s a shame that the trolls are out there, because they often ruin what could be a perfectly happy system of communication.
I don’t really know where I’m going with this, I think that really it just makes me sad to see what people are doing online, and to also know that it is mostly my generation doing it.
Personally I think that the best thing to do is to ignore them, not to taunt or annoy. If you do that, then surely you are no better?
I think that’s what I’m trying to get at here, that we should all try to be considerate online, and to really try to act as if we’re talking to real people – because we are.
Please take the time to look at Lisa-Jo Baker’s site, the thinker-upper of Five Minute Fridays, found here.
Well hello there. It’s been a while, quite a long while.
I realise that this blog has been somewhat neglected over the past few months, but here I am hoping to not let it happen again. If you’re interested, here’s some personal updates since I last posted:
- I’m a married man now! I got married in July to the most wonderful young woman; we couldn’t be happier!
- I’m no longer a journalism student. The shorthand was too much for me, obviously. I jest, I could have kept at it, but I suddenly felt that it wasn’t for me anymore, and that I have more skills that could be put to use in my new degree: Entertainment Technology. It’s a lot of video editing, animation and things. I am glad to have done the year of journalism, and I really think that year will help me out with the rest of this new course!
Now, on to the blogging. This is going to be a pretty short blog, partly because I’d like to just ease back into blogging but mainly because I have no conclusions on this – and I would REALLY like to hear from you, hear your opinions.
It seems to me that when it comes to Christian blogging communities, that’s exactly what they are, Christian blogging communities. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it just seems that we can get stuck in a – prepare for a cliché – holy huddle.
On Twitter particularly there is a very strong community of bloggers who support each other, write for each other and critique each other. It can be a really encouraging and welcoming group.
The thing is, we only ever seem to be writing for each other.
Do you think that there is a way to blog, with evangelistic intentions?
I understand that just by putting our blogs out there we are doing some form of evangelism, and may evangelise in ways that we hadn’t forseen, but is there a way for us to intentionally evangelise through our blogs?
I really have no answers, and that’s why I’m hoping to hear from you about this.
Over to you:
- Can we evangelise through blogging?
- Do you agree that there is a bit of a ‘holy huddle’ situation going on?
- Am I completely wrong?
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.