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Why Blog?

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.

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. gildueck #

    It’s about time. I think the title for your blog should be ‘The Ryan Idea Folder’ (maybe ‘The Suggestion Box’). Did I mention that you have coffee breath?

    January 19, 2007
  2. Personally, I’m in it for the frivolity.

    I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say, my friend.

    January 19, 2007
  3. Yes, Mike, as anyone who has visited your blog is well aware, you are nothing if not frivolous with your blogging…

    January 19, 2007
  4. I am not sure if the web is big enough for two duecks blogging?

    January 19, 2007
  5. Gil #

    The web is a big place Paul, big enough for all of us.

    January 19, 2007
  6. Tanya #

    I am gladd you are blogging. I have not been a big fan of blogs for reasons similar to yours, (ie)something big has happened in someones life and I know nothing about it and they say, “haven’t you read my blog?” like its some sort of crime. I feel like saying “if you don’t have the time to phone, I don’t have the time to read your blog.” Now that I am dont that rant, I will admit I enjoy reading my friends blogs from time to time, however I lack the time to read them as much as I would like. I am looking forward to your blogging life Ryan and thing yours will be an enjoyable one. You and your wife are awesome. (whew – long comment).

    January 19, 2007
  7. Tanya #

    P.S.
    Long live “the Office”.

    January 19, 2007
  8. Thanks Tanya! Don’t worry, I won’t pull that “didn’t you read it on my blog?” business with you.”

    January 19, 2007
  9. tee hee hee
    welcome aboard

    January 21, 2007
  10. Craig #

    I am just so happy I have another source to rip of great sermon ideas from. I won’t respond much to what you write, but I will steal it and call it my own! Do you have any problems with that? I do the same thing to Gil, sorry Dale I haven’t used any of your ideas as of yet, but you never know.

    January 24, 2007
  11. Dave Chow #

    Hey Ryan, here’s another couple of “bumper stickers” I came across – considering some of the responses I’ve seen, may be useful from time to time on your blog.

    “You have the right to remain silent.”

    and

    “Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.”

    ’nuff said.

    Dave

    January 25, 2007

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