The formation of the Comm Dawg Blawg has lead me to more thinking about the purposes and functions and possibilities of blogs, primarily because of some of the insightful posts of my colleagues on that very topic.
My dad posted a while ago about a conversation I had with Dr Laura Smit this summer. She apparently had learned about our little cadre of bloggers that formed around the WA office (indeed, many of our individual blogs formed IN the WAffice). She asked her question this way “so if you and these people hang around together all the time in this office, why do you feel the need also to blog to each other?”
I didn’t answer the question well at the time, but (as my dad explained too) here’s my answer now: although it was primarily to each other, we also want the fruits of our conversations to be available to those who were not there at the time. There were plenty of times that just a few of us would have an interesting conversation, and then others would be able to read about it and join in. Also, it allowed our face-to-face conversations to be deeper. Sometimes we would link to articles or write about things a little more complex than you might generally bring up over a peanut butter sandwich or in between planning a worship service, but since we had the opportunity to read each other’s thoughts expressed more concisely, we were better able to discuss these ideas in person. So in some ways, blogging improved our face-to-face conversations, which was a big benefit, and probably lead to the formation of thorubos, which was also really cool. Now, of course, these people are far away from me, and reading each other’s blogs gives us some continuation of that personal-intellectual relationship. I also posted about this experience by way of explanation a few months ago.
So, now there is a new group blog for my new intellectual community. I think we are still discovering what it will be, but given my past experience, I’m excited about the possibilities.