Then those whose lives honored God got together and talked it over. God saw what they were doing and listened in. A book was opened in God's presence and minutes were taken of the meeting, with the names of the God-fearers written down, all the names of those who honored God's name. (Malachi 3:16-Message)
"Blogging is the new poetry." - Unknown
BLOG (from Wikipedia)
A blog (a portmanteau* of web log) is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging which consists of blogs with very short posts. As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112 million blogs.
* portmanteau - a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings: "smog" is a blend of "smoke" and "fog"; "motel" is a portmanteau word made by combining "motor" and "hotel"; "brunch" is a well-known portmanteau
I found these quotes on-line and re-arranged them a little (you CITN bloggers know how much I love lists of seven quotes!) Anyway, I thought that they were very insightful, and wanted to know what you thought about them.
1. The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling. -Lucretius
Conversational blogging is not a sprint to happy high lands of massive traffic, huge link backs and Alexa rankings. It’s a marathon of touching one person at a time with something that’s meaningful to their lives.
2. It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. -Albert Einstein
At the very least, a conversational blogger gives as much (s)he receives. And if (s)he can give more, it’s all the better.
3. Grant that we may not so much seek to be understood as to understand. -St. Francis of Assisi
The conversational blogger doesn’t see him/her self as the expert that everyone should be learning from. Rather, they see themselves as students more than teachers -always being open to learning from what others have to share.
4. Once harm has been done, even a fool understands it. - Homer
The conversational blogger is careful with his/her words because (s)he does not wish harm to anyone. They may have strong opinions, but they never make it personal or hurtful to others.
5. Talent develops itself in solitude; character in the stream of life. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Conversational bloggers are in a constant cycle of learning, growing, changing and integrating. Their work is when the keyboard is silent. And, the fruits of their work are shown in how they interact with others.
6. To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day. -Lao Tzu
As conversational bloggers, we can learn to fill our selves every day with more knowledge about how to blog, how to drive traffic, how to get more links. What get, then is that - knowledge. But wisdom, and great conversation, comes from stripping it all down to just the conversation. Share, give, link and the rest takes care of itself.
7. To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. -Soren Kierkegaard
The conversational blogger stretches him/her self with his/her blog. Since (s)he doesn’t have to be the expert, there’s room for him/her to slip into risks without unknown outcomes. This can become exciting and engaging conversation, without which we’re not authentic.
- Dawud Miracle
That staistic from Wikipedia is incredible - 112 million blogsites?!!! Wow, it makes you really think about why this medium is so popular!
I get the sense that there are a lot of regular "looky-loos" here, and I want to speak to that. You know my policy about not inviting in religious strife...this site is not open to theological slugfests. But I am willing to entertain legitimate questions, along with tastefully stated observations that may not be my own personal viewpoints. So I invite some of you eavesdroppers to get in here. This is not a clique, and you don't have to be brilliant and clever to participate...if you have something to say, we want to hear it. Just be yourself and talk to us. Try it, you'll like it!
"The heart and soul of blogging is the individual and/or the group of individuals opining on the fly and responding post-haste to one and all."
- Michael Conniff
The Scripture at the top has always been a favorite of mine, but I saw it with new eyes in light of this blog. I particularly like the way The Message says "God saw what they were doing and listened in."
In the KJV: Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
Those of you who come to Body Builders (check out the CITN site if you don't know what that is) know how powerfully the Christ is manifested in those conversations every month...here we have, in another medium, the opportunity to experience that every day!
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