There's an interesting discussion of sorts around on-line and real relationships. Kester Brewin has blogged here and here on facebook. Jonny Baker has talked about facebook oppression. Brodie writes about information overload. Andrew Jones is currently unblogging. This has all got me thinking about why I blog?
Brodie in response to Fernando comments that the reason he began blogging was 'to actually converse, but to converse outwith our normal narrow frame of associates. So for me, while I also at times tire of both reading and writing, I want to stick at it because....well those who comment and those whose blogs I read have become friends, albeit a particular kind of friend.' This resonates with why I blog. Blogging has introduced me to many people in different places - other baptists (many of the best being scots), others interested in theology (I like the way people share theology), others interested in emerging church and worship (blogging has given me idea after idea - HT especially to Jonny and Steve). These people are particular kinds of friends, we don't share life in all its complexity, but we do share a common interest or purpose. Blogging has been a great way to network. Some of these on-line friendships will remain on-line, others have already become face-to-face and this is where conferences and greenbelt make these things happen.
I guess my blog itself has been changing over the last few months. There's a lot more stuff on books and shift towards more theology. I'm trying in different ways to be a place for theology news and a resource (so all the new pages). As I spend the next few years at Regent's, I plan to blog a little of my journey. In many ways my blog is a record for myself - I blog something for future reference. I think like others who blog regularly I will continue to carve out the time to read and write, because there's always a new blog (I think this year of Jim Gordon's Living Wittily) or an older blog like Mark Goodacre's NT blog or Maggi Dawn) worth reading.
I've actually found it sad when some blogs closed down - I think of Richard Sudsworth's sudslaw and also hopeful amphibian and possibly Chris Erdmans's odyssey, all of which helped me think about a whole range of issues.