So here goes… the typical “first post” where that pesky question “Why blog?” is usually addressed. For those who know me (and have harassed me to start a blog for some time now), this question becomes even more acute. I have frequently expressed ambivalence toward the whole medium of blogging—you know, typical criticisms such as:
- it promotes detached communication with no personal accountability
- it provides yet another opportunity for people already prone to overdosing on technology to sit in front of their computers
- it wastes time
- it encourages frivolity
- it leads to imprecise and thoughtless communication
Well, to borrow the words of a wise sage, “It takes a big man to admit when he is wrong… and I am that big man.” Actually, to be honest, I am still largely convinced by all of the above. But I have decided to give blogging a try. Why would I willingly participate in this madness? My reasons are entirely unremarkable, but I will share them with you nonetheless.
First, I think that blogging could represent a useful forum for me to clarify my thoughts and test ideas on others. I come across many ideas in the voluminous reading that I have to do as I work towards my MCS at Regent College, some good, some not so much. As not all of these end up being addressed in the writing I do for my coursework, perhaps blogging will be a good way for me to better process ideas, and help me to learn how to communicate them more clearly.
Second, I genuinely value the insights and opinions of others—or at least I think I should. I would like for this to be a forum where good conversations could take place, characterized by genuine insight, discovery, and understanding (yes, I know this sounds idealistic, but hey—why not set the bar high!). I believe that living and learning are collaborative efforts, and for too much of my life I have not acted as if this were so. Perhaps this could be a forum where I learn to accept and deliver criticism in a more appropriate manner.
Finally, I hope that this can be a good way to track my thinking over a period of time. I think about many things while waiting for and riding the bus, sitting in classes, lying awake at night etc, but far too often the things I think about are irretrievably lost shortly after I stop thinking about them. Now I am certainly not saying that every idea that pops into my brain is worth preserving in perpetuity; however there are times where a certain scene from “The Office” is played out in my mind: [Michael: I have ideas from time to time… Is there any chance that you started a file with my ideas in it…”; Pam: Sigh, no, Michael]. Or something like that. Perhaps this blog could represent a kind of “good ideas” file for me.
Well, enough qualifications, apologies etc. What can you expect here? Well, as I am a committed Christian, and a student of theology, you can expect that the majority of my posts will have something to do with the ideas I am encountering in my studies and how they influence the way I look at and live in the world. I am also a sports enthusiast so I may occasionally muse about that. In addition, I have never quite gotten over the fact that I will never be a rock-star, so the odd post about music may pop up from time to time. I am well aware that my interests may not always coincide with those of others (did I mention I was a theology student?), but feel free to comment at any time.
I’ll try to post something at least once a week. We’ll see if this fulfills my lofty expectations or, at the very least, sustains my interest or yours.