Monday, November 23, 2009

Why Do It?

Blogs. What's the point?
Facebook. What's the point?
Twitter. What's the point?

You tell me.


D. A. Armstrong said...

Blogs - It said in the blogosphere that there are linkers and thinkers. If you are thinker a blog is a good method to do philosophy, theology, etc. You can gain instant critiques to your thought via comments. It also gives you a chance to tag your thinking and give you a way to organize your thoughts. I often wonder if Pascal would have been a blogger. I like reading your blog when you have a post that is well thought out and well written. I don't so much like random links and am more disinclined to click on them.

Facebook - Again can be used to meet and keep in touch with many people. It can be a distraction, but it can also be a way to communicate to others important things going on.

Twitter - I believe was created by Satan himself. There is only a few things that I can see using it for and most of the time it is not worth the time to read or know.

Kamilla said...

That's an easy one for me to answer.

Blogging helps me get feedback on my writing - even those who don't comment publicly will email me with comments, suggestions, etc.

Commenting on other's blogs has helped me make new friends and connections and sometimes even dates (grins!). In this year alone I stayed with one blogging friend on a trip to WDC, had a meeting with a publisher/writer I'd met through another blog and had a girls' weekend on Cape Cod with a friend from an email group.

Blogging has also netted me some small writing commissions, though none are paid commissions as yet and an offer to publish my nonfiction book (if I ever get around to writing it).

Blogging has helped me network with other writers for encouragement and fun.

Facebook is a tool that I find helpful for keeping up with friends when our disparate schedules don't always permit phone calls.

But most importantly of all - the predecessor of blogging, a message board, brought me to the attention of two dear brothers in Christ whose prayers lifted me out of deep rebellion and into something I never could have imagined would bless me so very deeply. I've extracted promises from my two dear brothers in the faith that, should I ever marry, one of them will give me away and one of them will officiate.


Sarah Schoonmaker said...

Blogging is a beneficial avenue for expression of thoughts and for feedback. Primarily, I enjoy blogging to process thoughts on religion, philosophy, and ID. However I do not see any value in Twitter, so I deleted my account. Perhaps I'm missing how Twitter is effective or beneficial in any way. Essentially, Facebook not only provides a connection point to address interesting issues between atheists, theists, ect....If one is going to to spread the message of Christ, I think blogging is at least worth the energy and effort.


jdawg said...

Blogs are, for me, a way of journaling. Sometimes people that just want to bust my chops or correct me in my pain feel a need to post, but often it's friends who are there with me in it.
FaceBook. Love it and hate it. I've found people from lives long forgotten and it's been great. And as a stay-at-home dad it's a way to waste time.

Yossman said...

There is a psychological motivation behind the entire blogging enterprise. I remember having my first blog: a sense of euphoria. I had a spot on the web where I could share my thoughts. Soon however, people started to respond. I became a columnist for two Christian websites and a regular writer for a Christian newspaper. So maybe there was something useful to my blogging after all.

In any case, blogging for me is an effective way to learn to write, to sharpen my thoughts and to learn to express them concisely. Also blogging is somehow a ministry in that people really come to read (and reread) all those short articles on apologetics and phil of rel. It could potentially be a bridge between the academic and the popular realm. It certainly is the only the place I get bashed by atheists.

Facebook is a crude tool to have a sense of staying in touch with a lot of people. It's best feature is to jot a quick note or share some pics with far away relatives.

Twitter has slowly become a more useful tool since I got a piece of Twitter software that unobstrusively notifies my of the thoughts of some key people and friends. (It's nice to get a tweet during a boring class. It keeps one awake).

pete dayton said...

Let me speak from the reader only .perspective

I love to read blog posts from credible people like Doug. I learn so much in an easy 2 hr. daily trip through them. They are also great resources for me to teach/discuss my 2 mens small groups.

How else would I ever have access to scholars, Seminary profs.,etc.
The service that guys like Justin Taylor and Tim Challies is tremendously helpful.
Whom else in cyberland do I have but you?

Byron Harvey said...

Blogging is a great way to stimulate thinking, and have one's thinking stimulated.

Facebook is a great way to reconnect with friends, and once one "finds" them, one will (in theory, at least) be connected with them from now on.

Twitter is a great way to waste a lot of time and showcase one's narcissism.

Massdream Music said...

It's all good. Social networking helps enable and encourage the exchange of ideas and information, as well as goods and services.

Just look at what happened in Iran a few months back for a good example of the benefits of social networking in circumventing an oppressive regime. (And Paul Revere could have simply twittered that the 'British were coming'!)

Sure, people abuse it and get addicted to triviality and vain pursuits online. But so what? People have their vices.

With all respect to Postman, the medium is *not* necessarily the message here.

Daniel said...

I could care less about Twitter. I do Facebook to keep in touch with people I don't regularly interact with.
I blog on Examiner as a way to hone my writing skills, to reach an audience interested in spiritual matters but not necessarily Christian, and to think through new ideas in written form.

Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D. said...


You could not--ethically--get a Tweet in my class. I ban such things!

Yossman said...

Doug, I know. That's why I just had to put it in there ;-) (And you're right!)

Neil said...

Blog: Sharpen writing skills, vent, learn to think more clearly, spread the Gospel, meet people.

Facebook: Keep up with your kids, share pictures, keep up with friends.

Twitter: I'm avoiding Twitter.

Jim Pemberton said...


I blog for several reasons:
1) the occasional journal entry;
2) refining my thinking;
3) accountability to my thinking to those at church inclined to read my more thought-provoking posts;
4) Informational posts regarding activities. I - er, my wife - likes to decorate tables for a Festival of Tables at church. It's a fun evangelistic event for women. The husbands serve the meals and there is a special speaker and special music. But the tables are creative and artsy and fun for women to fellowship around. Posts where I have taken photos of the tables have the highest traffic by far by women looking for ideas for FoT events at their churches.

Facebook: I have a warm and loving church. We like hanging out with each other and networking even outside of church. FB is a great way to do this. We post photos of church events and activities, and support each other in various ways. For example, I suffer depression and have several church members who keep an eye on me. I have a simple code for letting them know via my status where I am any given day. I have instant prayer from them as well as more tangible action if necessary. Knowing that this support is there by posting a single number online has really helped break the emotional cycle of depression.

These things are tools. Tools can either be used constructively or destructively, but otherwise are morally neutral. It's our usage that is either sanctified or sinful.

Danny Wright said...

Ditto with Neil. I can honestly say I'm not the same person now that I was when I started blogging. I have learned:

1. that you don't have to be stupid to be wrong, nor does being wrong make you stupid.

2. to detect fallacious arguments, first in writing, then in hearing.

3. to avoid my own fallacious arguments.

4. to be nice and respectful to those with whom I disagree.

5. to avoid over-"reacting".

6. to think more clearly.

7. to be more confident in my interactions with people twice as well read and intelligent as myself by merely clinging to the basics of truth.

8. to more clearly challenge presuppositions without being offensive.

9. to better express myself by the written word, I hope.

And to strengthen my own belief system and worldview by defending them, to name just a few. So thanks very much.

*FB, I have an account and have renewed high school acquaintances because of it, which is why I signed up.

*I do not, nor dare I say it, never will tweet.

Kathy said...

I've thought about this question, and I always come up with the same thing: relationship. Pure and simple. We were created for it, and we want it.The desire to be heard and to be understood.(Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but we seem to be willing to keep taking the risk.)

Lin said...

Twitter and Facebook seem silly and somewhat narcissistic to me.

Blogs can be different. Where else could an unknown person's writing be published for free and information, opinions and research flow like this?

Before, you had to go through the process of becoming accepted by the powers or famous to get published. Even in Christian circles, we developed a celebrity hierarchy and the result of the Christian book market over the past 30 years proves this. But you had to have some sort of celebrity or acceptance to get your writing into the hands of people.

Not anymore.

I am praying that this new medium is teaching us to be Bereans. We accepted what was taught to us if the person was well known without much checking. Now we can present another interpretation and anyone with a computer can read it and respond.

Vasile said...

Because there are the people.

Anonymous said...

I blog, therefore I am.