Monday, September 04, 2006

Words of Wisdom

TallSkinnyKiwi is a leading blogger in the emergent church world that I often check out. I've actually learned more about cutting-edge web technology than about the church from his blog, which I guess could be some of what he is alluding to in announcing his "blog fast" for September. Not that I'm ready to follow him, but I found a lot of wisdom in the reasons he gave for stopping the blog for a month. Below are some of the points he gives, you can see them all at:

Why a Blogging Fast?
  • Because I feel that a new season is upon us and I need to take a breather before plunging in. If i dont, I may miss this new season through laxity and the curse of routine sameness. Does that make sense??????
  • Because I Do suffer from blog addiction and blog fasting is a way for me to kill the old man and crucify him again - allowing God the opportunity of resurrection in his way.
  • Because my blog is old and tired and not nearly as much fun as it used to be. I want to be re-inspired and invigorated.
  • Because I have an idea of how blogging should be and I want my blog to catch up to my vision.
  • Because I have been SELFISH in my blogging recently, concerned with building my own blog and tracking my own progress rather than being a resource on other people's blogs.
  • Because the quality of my blog posts has decayed and I am posting fewer poetic posts [a sign of good spiritual health] and fewer thoughtful theological/missiological posts [a sign of rigorous thinking in my head] and I need to raise the bar.
  • Because I have become infatuated [again] with my stats and my blog authority and google-ranking - a form of idolatry and narcissism that can only be harmful.
  • Because my blog is becoming institutional and I want to OWN it again - as a whole-life blog and not a way of fulfilling other peoples expectations.
  • Because my blogging world is more complex, involving a number of blogs, and I need to think on how to bring all these worlds together
  • Because I want to PURGE my site of the thousands of visitors who are jumping in without any history and would do better reading someone else's blog written by someone who has the time to explain the basics.

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