What is blogging?

July 18, 2003

[Mr. Spock with caption 'You Are Not Alone']Rachel of cre8d design is putting together a “digital quilt” of the blogging community. This is my submission.

I began blogging not knowing what blogging was. I think I first stumbled across Jordon Cooper’s, and wondered, “What is this? A bulletin board where only one person can post? What’s the point of that?” I figured there had to be more to it, and that I wouldn’t understand unless I tried it myself.

So imagine my surprise when, expecting it to be a solo venture, I found myself in a conversation. It’s like a warped version of the worldwide web, full of links between pages — except that instead of having hard-coded links managed by the computer, it is you, the reader, who is the linking agent. The blogosphere is like an ongoing party, a room full of knots of conversation which may spill over to people who happen to be nearby at the time. It is up to you to wander and make serendipitous connections.

And those knots of conversation that interest me the most spill over into my real life. They give me food for thought. They affect what we do in our home group. They are discussed over mealtime with my children.

But most of all, they encourage me that in my ongoing quest to follow Jesus, I am not an alien freak, some Bizarro-Christian from Bizarro Planet. Or maybe I am. But I’m not the only one.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

4 responses to What is blogging?

  1. The Digital Quilt so far

  2. great square….very creative

  3. I kind of like the idea of being a bizarro Christian. But that’s just me.
    Hey, kewl Spock image!

  4. new blogs looks great…ps, congrats on winning my pick for best patch.