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Wed, Aug 03 2005

Blog Birthing And Its Aftermath

I suppose, at 80,000 new blogs a day, one might call this whole blog thing an official form of mania. They can collect lots of statistics and numbers, but what will be tougher to measure will be friendships and alliances formed, money generated and careers enhanced (or trashed, as the case may be).

I've deleted a lot of blogs from my bookmarks because they seemed to be abandoned by the owners after the initial "this is going to be the best blog ever" mentality gives way to lack of discipline or boredom. It will be interesting to see who stays in this for the long haul once the novelty has worn off and the trend-chasers move on to other things. I've learned from working in other areas of online content that sometimes one gains a certain amount of success by just refusing to quit and being willing to stay with it while more fickle humans give up and look for fame and quick fortune in the next hot fad.

posted at: 10:49 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

Outspoken Fervency Often Seen As Arrogance

It didn't take them long to come up with this one, did it? I do have to say that maybe some good will come out of all the backlash over the recent public remarks made by Mr. Cruise. Christians have been ridiculted for so long that I find it interesting to see a person from the Church of Scientology speak publicly about his personal beliefs and then watch people get riled up.

The truth is that I have heard many fellow Christians speak out on certain beliefs in just as adamant a fashion as Mr. Cruise did when the topic of chemical imbalance came up in that now infamous interview. Maybe we should all realize how really didactic we sound at times. We could all learn to speak with more gracious delivery and with the idea of including, not discounting, the life experiences of those with whom we would hope to share the riches of our own particular faith.

posted at: 08:16 | category: /Religious and Spiritual | link to this entry

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