Every once in a while I find my self reading someone's blog and thinking to myself, "Really? Surely someone else has written on _________." And then at other times as I am thinking about starting up another post, I again say to myself, "Really? Surely someone else has written on ________."
The answer to this question in both cases is a resounding, "Yes, someone has already written on _________." And the corresponding response should be, "So what?"
On of the greatest blessings of the blogging world is that everyone has a voice and opinion and each person can and should feel free to speak up as the spirit moves. Some voices will be heard more than others for a variety of reasons, others will post gems that not enough people will ever get to read and still others will simply become part of the larger body of opinion and thought deposited in the bloggosphere. Sure, sometimes, I wish folks would keep reading on or two of my posts
that I think are particularly profound, but that is just not how it happens. And while some might consider this deluge of content internet noise and despite the seemingly haphazard way in which people find and interact on blogs, I wouldn't have it any other way. The more voices about a particular topic or issue that people lift up the better I say. After all, just because it is written does not make it true, but if it never written and or expanded upon we will never grow and mature.
The world in which people blog is constantly moving with bloggers constantly reacting to the world around them that is in constant flux and in need reflection and response. Information changes, experience re-defines opinion and we evolved in in our thinking and practice. Now we can certainly argue the merits of such a culture, but it is what it is and I would rather be too responsive than always having to react to change that sneaks up on us. I was reminded of this when I recently looked at an old post from the Fall of 2007, Pastoring a church in my world, where I simply laid out some numbers regarding the use of technology. My how things have changed, glaringly absent in the use of Twitter and low use of Facebook. To point to this post as the most current thinking about my pastoral activity would be out of touch to say the least.
So in the end I embrace this nature of blogging and our need to always be offering up thought, EVEN though we may have thought about it before. None of us are the same we were a year ago, that we just never know what new thoughts and insights we may bring.
So in short, the joys of blogging would be for me . . .
- Blogging does not allow one to rest the laurels of past thinking or thought;
- Blogging forces one to stay engaged in the NOW;
- Blogging forces one one's grow in one's articulation and expression of beliefs, opinion and experiences.
So while we may not really be reinventing the wheel all the time, we are re-asking the questions and responding with different perspectives, understandings and insights. Some posts will stand the test of time, but for the most part, bloggers simply move with the pace of the world thus keeping up with the times and reacting to the now.