Why Will At Anwoth Stopped Blogging

This is a friendly post on why I feel differently than Will does about blogging. I’m not sure why I’m posting this. Maybe to help solidify why I keep on blogging.

I will briefly list his six reasons why he is stopping, but you really need to read the whole post to know exactly why and not misunderstand my truncation here. (I didn’t think truncation was a real word.) I’m using TC’s shortened reasons. Go there to read his take on it.

1. People don’t think well. I have to admit that I’ve been shocked at times at people’s inability to follow an argument or make an argument. Don’t misunderstand me…

I find this to be the case sometimes but often it’s because it’s because I don’t explain myself well enough (that’s not a description of him, just me) or don’t write well enough. I also don’t write very many things that are of any complexity. And there will always be some people who just don’t read carefully, although I’ve had no trouble with my regular readers. I’ve been on some health related forums where people weren’t understanding me and it can be maddening. This isn’t a problem here.

2. There is a significant difference between blogging relationships and real relationships. I’ve gotten to know some of you on a certain level, and I’m glad for the new acquaintance. But let’s be honest, very few people establish real relationships via blogging. Just like Facebook helps you pretend you have lots of relationships, blogging can do the same thing. I’m afraid my blog has caused me to put too high a value on these “virtual relationships” at the expense of the relationships I have that really matter.

I agree with the first sentence. But I have gained blogging friends that I’ve learned so much from and who share similar interests that I can’t find very much of (not none) in the real world. Plus because of my back I don’t get out much.

3. Blogging is not the same thing as doing theology in community. I’m a big fan of doing theological work in community. In fact, I think the idea that someone can get alone with their Bible and come to good theological understandings is, for the most part, a sham. Christians were never meant to be Lone Rangers. We are not supposed to try to come up with answers on our own. Our theological work is meant to be done in the context of the church. And blogging is not the same thing…

I feel that this is the reason for my blogging friends and also–this will infuriate some–commentaries and books by scholars that I trust.

4. I don’t deal with criticism well. This is something I learned here on my blog as well as in the real world, and I have to admit, it’s kind of embarrassing. But it’s true…

Me either although I would call it confrontation. Although, if I dish it out, I make sure I can take it. When I dish back, or have to handle the rare heckler, I often answer in a sarcastic way that may not be necessary. I’m working on this.

I also don’t write about the ‘hot button’ type topics for this very reason. It becomes too stressful for me. Believe me, I could write about a lot of stuff that would create turmoil and possibly make the blog more popular. But I’m forced to tailor the topics to what I can handle. I make sure blogging doesn’t become another stressor. I have a hard enough time with that just waking up in the morning.

5. People act online in ways they (hopefully) would never act in person (including me). Sometimes people say things online that they would never dare say to your face. There’s a certain boldness that comes from hiding behind a laptop. People think they’re more intelligent than they really are. People think they’re more authoritative than they really are. People forget that on the other side of the screen is a real human being.

A few years ago I made a commitment to only write what I would say in person. Sometimes I don’t always fully consider their feelings in person either. At least I’m consistent. I also try not to do many ‘teaching’ type posts because I really don’t have the authority to do so. I also try not to criticize professional athletes and coaches (really). But of course there are times when I think I know more than I do or criticize people. This is what the comments on other people’s blogs are for. (smiley)

6. It takes a lot of time. I’m actually surprised at how time consuming blogging can be…

This is the thing that has caused me to think about quitting. But blogging has been too valuable for me. I want to get back to more substantial posts that cause me to think things through and ask important questions.

I’m also making an effort to spend less time on the internet without losing communication with online friends. I will be writing a post about that soon.

I believe all of Will’s reasons are very sound. This post isn’t meant to be a rebuttal at all. I think he will benefit relationally and spiritually and we want the best for him. If he should change his mind with a new perspective, people will certainly be glad.

6 Responses to “Why Will At Anwoth Stopped Blogging”

  1. 1 T.C. R

    I like your decision to write only what you would say in person. I tend to be the same, though some of the controversial stuff I’ve written may cause me to get kicked out of my denomination. 🙂

  2. 2 Gary Zimmerli

    Will’s reasons are good ones for Will. I agree with some of them for me as well, but none of them make me want to quit blogging, not yet anyway.

    To each his own, as they say.

  3. 3 Bitsy Griffin

    I agree they are good for Will. It does take time, but I do like the community an miss it when I’m not blogging. I also try to speak online as I would in person. I’m not sure everyone does that though. Since we don’t know everyone we deal with, they may well be jerks in person too! The people I read regularly tend to be more consistently nice than not.

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Well TC since you’re such a “bad Calvinist” I can see why. (smiley)

    I respect someone who can get their priorities straight and stop doing what isn’t productive or what doesn’t line up with what they think is right (write? Wright?).

  5. 5 Derek Ashton

    Blogging has pros and cons. I still like the pros well enough to keep going. And I’m glad you do, too!

  6. 6 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks, I agree, and the same with you.

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