Belief, Blogging,
 and Beyond
Why?   Pros   Cons   Q &A




1234
Why?
History & Impact
Mid-1990s
“Weblog”
December 17, 1997
“Blog”
Spring 1999
Watershed Events
2002
Trent Lott
 Former U.S. Senate
  Majority Leader
2004
John Kerry
2004 presidential hopeful
“Blog”
2004 Word of the Year
2004 People of the Year
Stats
46.3 M
75,000
new blogs each day
50
new blogs each minute
1.2 M
posts each day
50,000
posts each hour
14
posts each second
Pros
Authenticity
“Best Pastor’s Blog”
“Pastor Floyd’s web site has the perfect title:
Between Sundays. It’s a great title because ...
the p...
“Best Pastor’s Blog”
“Although, I’ve never spoken with Pastor
Floyd or attended his church, I can tell you
this: I like th...
“The most important thing for
corporations to understand
before they start blogging is
this: Companies don’t blog;
people ...
“A sure way to drive readers
away is to write a blog using a
corporate voice rather than the
discernible, unmistakable voi...
1Thessalonians 2:8
“We loved you so much that we were
delighted to share with you not only the
gospel of God but our lives...
Accountability
Athanasius
“Let this observation be a
safeguard against sinning: let
us each note and write down
our actions and impulses ...
“Blogging is … a barometer of my
spirituality … I have found that at the
end of a week I can look back at
what I have writ...
Holistic evangelism
“I had a domain already picked out
when I started to get e-mail back
saying, ‘wait a minute, it is knowing
about you that ...
“What we want is not
more little books about
Christianity, but more
little books by Christians
about other subjects--with
...
Asians on Xanga




 56%
18
average age
Bloggers ages 13-29




   90%
Edification
Speed
“If you followed the blogs immediately
after the annual “let’s demythologize and
debunk Christianity just in time for the
...
Depth
“I can offer a “serial” of teachings
that can go as far or as deep as I
need to go. I don’t worry about
running out of tim...
Sharing Resources
Dialogue
Case Study: Apologetics
Stand to Reason
“An individual Christian’s influence may be a
half dozen people, but that is probably a half
dozen people y...
Cons
Anonymity as a license
      to sin
Myopic mentality
“I am concerned that
blog-writing and
reading only adds to a
bad tendency that we
today already have--a
fascination with t...
“The danger of the web is
this: where everyone has a
right to speak, everyone
ends up thinking they have
a right to be hea...
Blogger
|blägər|
noun
Someone with nothing to say writing for
someone with nothing to do: He is a prolific
blogger.
Shallow dialogue
“In my experience
personal Blogs are
useful for allowing
people to stay in touch
and know what people
are up to, but are n...
Blogs allow people to
draw assumptions, and
jump to conclusions
(then link to them or
comment on them
without interaction ...
I think that blogs are adding to
a culture of misunderstanding.
Too many times, it seems to
me, that the way people read
b...
Prop of pride
“Am I blogging to bring
  glory to God or
       myself?”
I’m
crushed
by criticism.
I’m
    harsh
in my disagreements
    with others.
I enjoy seeing
 my name
in print, especially on
someone else’s blog.
I check
  Sitemeter
every hour to see who’s
      on my site.
I like to hear
myself
 talk/write.
I Google
my name
every 30 minutes.
I’m
  flippant
in criticizing others.
I experience an
emotional high
  when more people
 visit my site one day.
blog fast
Why?   Pros   Cons   Q &A




1234
http://www.snipurl.com/
     BlogWorkshop
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006

441 views

Published on

Slides+audio (sync'ed) and resoureces found <a href="http://superhua.wordpress.com/2006/06/30/belief-blogging-and-beyond-resources/">here</a>. This workshop explores how particularly a Christian might interact with blogging.

Published in: Technology, Spiritual
0 Comments
1 Like
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total views
441
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
41
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
17
Comments
0
Likes
1
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Blogging, Belief, and Beyond Workshop 2006

  1. 1. Belief, Blogging, and Beyond
  2. 2. Why? Pros Cons Q &A 1234
  3. 3. Why? History & Impact
  4. 4. Mid-1990s
  5. 5. “Weblog” December 17, 1997
  6. 6. “Blog” Spring 1999
  7. 7. Watershed Events
  8. 8. 2002
  9. 9. Trent Lott Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
  10. 10. 2004
  11. 11. John Kerry 2004 presidential hopeful
  12. 12. “Blog” 2004 Word of the Year
  13. 13. 2004 People of the Year
  14. 14. Stats
  15. 15. 46.3 M
  16. 16. 75,000 new blogs each day
  17. 17. 50 new blogs each minute
  18. 18. 1.2 M posts each day
  19. 19. 50,000 posts each hour
  20. 20. 14 posts each second
  21. 21. Pros
  22. 22. Authenticity
  23. 23. “Best Pastor’s Blog” “Pastor Floyd’s web site has the perfect title: Between Sundays. It’s a great title because ... the purpose of a blog is to build relationships between Sundays. Pastor Floyd covers everything from staff relocations to football ... to places he’s been and people he’s seen….
  24. 24. “Best Pastor’s Blog” “Although, I’ve never spoken with Pastor Floyd or attended his church, I can tell you this: I like the guy. I feel like I know him; and, if I ever were in his neck of the woods … you can rest assured; his church would be the one I attended.”
  25. 25. “The most important thing for corporations to understand before they start blogging is this: Companies don’t blog; people blog.”
  26. 26. “A sure way to drive readers away is to write a blog using a corporate voice rather than the discernible, unmistakable voice of a human being.”
  27. 27. 1Thessalonians 2:8 “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”
  28. 28. Accountability
  29. 29. Athanasius “Let this observation be a safeguard against sinning: let us each note and write down our actions and impulses of the soul as though we were to report them to each other”
  30. 30. “Blogging is … a barometer of my spirituality … I have found that at the end of a week I can look back at what I have written and see whether I am growing or stagnating. I can see if my attitude has been harsh or sarcastic or if I am showing evidences of the Spirit's work in my life. I can see whether I have spent my time wisely or if I have been wasteful. So for myself and for many other bloggers, blogging is a public manifestation of a private faith.”
  31. 31. Holistic evangelism
  32. 32. “I had a domain already picked out when I started to get e-mail back saying, ‘wait a minute, it is knowing about you that gives the site some character and credibility. Postmodern ministry sites are everywhere’. People went on to say that without the personal stuff, the site just became a collection of links posted by someone they don't know. My stories about my life gave it some context and something to judge it by for good or bad.”
  33. 33. “What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians about other subjects--with their Christianity latent.”
  34. 34. Asians on Xanga 56%
  35. 35. 18 average age
  36. 36. Bloggers ages 13-29 90%
  37. 37. Edification
  38. 38. Speed
  39. 39. “If you followed the blogs immediately after the annual “let’s demythologize and debunk Christianity just in time for the holiday editions” of Time and Newsweek, then you saw the overwhelming and rapid effectiveness of literally hundreds of pastors who posted thoughtful, cogent, articulate responses to the unscholarly and, in some instances, irresponsible articles published by the newsmagazines. The blogosphere allowed even those who would never be quoted by the LA Times an opportunity to respond and then be linked and disseminated across the world in minutes.”
  40. 40. Depth
  41. 41. “I can offer a “serial” of teachings that can go as far or as deep as I need to go. I don’t worry about running out of time or getting the service over before the childcare team is pulling their hair out, instead I just pick up the discussion in the next post. Long deep conversations are more readily available to more people who are eager to go deeper, and those who aren’t can move on and check back in later.”
  42. 42. Sharing Resources
  43. 43. Dialogue
  44. 44. Case Study: Apologetics
  45. 45. Stand to Reason “An individual Christian’s influence may be a half dozen people, but that is probably a half dozen people you didn’t have influence with before. If it’s difficult to share your thoughts and views at work or at school, write them in a blog and send your coworkers and friends there.”
  46. 46. Cons
  47. 47. Anonymity as a license to sin
  48. 48. Myopic mentality
  49. 49. “I am concerned that blog-writing and reading only adds to a bad tendency that we today already have--a fascination with the newest, latest, and most recent.”
  50. 50. “The danger of the web is this: where everyone has a right to speak, everyone ends up thinking they have a right to be heard; and when everyone in general thinks they have a right to be heard, then you end up with a situation where nobody in particular is listened to.”
  51. 51. Blogger |blägər| noun Someone with nothing to say writing for someone with nothing to do: He is a prolific blogger.
  52. 52. Shallow dialogue
  53. 53. “In my experience personal Blogs are useful for allowing people to stay in touch and know what people are up to, but are not a suitable place for the exchange of ideas - ultimately they do more harm than good...
  54. 54. Blogs allow people to draw assumptions, and jump to conclusions (then link to them or comment on them without interaction or correction) that would not take place in casual conversation nor would be tolerated in other settings....
  55. 55. I think that blogs are adding to a culture of misunderstanding. Too many times, it seems to me, that the way people read blogs and respond to them is like listening to one end of a phone conversation and then having the person set down the phone and begin to comment on what the person on the other end is saying with the other phone partner no longer being part of the conversation.”
  56. 56. Prop of pride
  57. 57. “Am I blogging to bring glory to God or myself?”
  58. 58. I’m crushed by criticism.
  59. 59. I’m harsh in my disagreements with others.
  60. 60. I enjoy seeing my name in print, especially on someone else’s blog.
  61. 61. I check Sitemeter every hour to see who’s on my site.
  62. 62. I like to hear myself talk/write.
  63. 63. I Google my name every 30 minutes.
  64. 64. I’m flippant in criticizing others.
  65. 65. I experience an emotional high when more people visit my site one day.
  66. 66. blog fast
  67. 67. Why? Pros Cons Q &A 1234
  68. 68. http://www.snipurl.com/ BlogWorkshop

×