That Blogging Survey


Mark Goodacre responded to Francis Ward's questions on Blogging as Theological reflection. Now several others (Rick Brannan, Stephen Carlson, and others) are responding to the same mix of queries, so I thought I'd add my $0.02.

1. How long have you been blogging?
Since 20042. What got you started?
I'm a smaller church pastor who wants to share what I'm learning and teaching with as many people as possible. Blogging as a phenomena allows for that.
3. Do you have a history of diary/journal/log writing beforehand?
No, I have a journal that's over 10 years old and it is much less than 1/4 full.
4. How in your own mind do you negotiate the boundary between private and public? E.g. are there things that you would not put on your blog that you would put in a journal?
If it's potentially embarassing I won't be on the blog.
5. How do you decide? What criteria do you use for inclusion/exclusion?
Whatever I happen to be working on currently, that's my main topic. (Hint, I'm starting to use my que more effectively).
6. How much time, on average, do you spend blogging each day or week?
Since the blog is an outgrowth of my own studies – not much. I take what I'm doing in terms of study notes, sermons, lessons, brief observations and spend a little time cleaning them up and then I post them.
7. How many other people do you actively engage with – e.g. are part of your blog community?
I'm only just starting to engage others intentionally. Before now it's been hit and miss.
8. Who is your readership “ literally; as far as you know?
I'm not sure. But I'd like you to tell me either with a comment below or send me an email.
9. and metaphorically? Do you imagine someone to whom you write/with whom you engage?
No
10. What counts as successful blogging?
Earning a loyal readership.
11. What does blogging offer as a method of theological reflection?
A. Its opportunities
The web tends to equalize mom and pop stores with the big ones, the same tends to happen in the blogosphere as a whole. Hopefully – though I'm considered a small church pastor I can impact some people who are looking for truth and come across my site.
B. Its draw backs
If I'm not careful I end up with a bad case of "foot-in-mouth disease". I try to be careful about thinking before I hit "Submit" but I don't always succeed.
12. What potential do you see for blogging as a method of theological reflection?
Thinking about how to communicate to a wider audience forces you to coalesce your thoughts a bit more carefully.
13. Do you know of examples of theological education programmes where students are required to keep a learning journal and blog as a form of journal?
I read about one but can't remember where it was specifically. Over the pond I think.
14. Blogging and gender: do you think gender makes any difference to any of the above questions?
Probably, but I'm not prepared to say how without more thought. (See 11b).