I have never been a great believer in electronic community. I don’t go a great deal on electric evangelism especially the tele-visual kind1 I kind of like the incarnational approach, which is God in the flesh, not through a screen.
I feel the same about community, you need to experience it the flesh.
However I am starting to believe in cyber communities, groups of people who have something in common, we are linked or connected on blog rolls, through comments and through the joy of reading each other’s blogs.
I think you can get to know people a little through blogging and I like that.
It feels like a safe place to debate and discuss, laugh and disagree!
It opens you up to worlds, people and thinking you wouldn’t normally experience.
There’s more fascination and curiosity in blogging than there is ego, you can soon spot an egotistical site and you just don’t go back. The blogs I read and link to are there because I believe they are people trying hard to be honest, real and inquisitive. I like that.
I think it’s funny what people do comment on, you can pour your heart out go real deep or be profoundly spiritual and no one says anything. You can put a post up about one day wanting to own a pair of crocodile skin cowboy boots and you get 12 comments.
On Phil Togwells and Lucy's blog there are a couple of posts about comments and whether in today’s consumer culture a person who doesn’t leave a comment is just consuming someone’s blog. But that seems a little insecure to me, not Phil and Lucy but people who stress about no comments and then worry that lives are being consumed in blogging. If your worried about it don't put your life on show by blogging!!!. Also if you put up a blog post about comments you get more!
I genuinely feel I have gotten to know a few people through blogging. I think more people should do it; church leaders should do it so that their people can keep in touch.
Blogging is also cool if you are nosy and the sort of person who would have read your sisters diary when she was out of the room………..