We have been enjoying the fruits of my labours persuading our Area Bishop and two local Archdeacons to set up a blog. Its great to see them developing their individual blogging voice.
One of the questions they asked me was "how long do you spend blogging each day?". The answer I gave was actually very little. Now clearly I do spend time blogging, but what I meant was not a fib, but by blogging I am trying to force my brain to put ideas into the public domain which would otherwise remain half-formed and even more ill thought through. This reminded me of the posts I have been reading about other people's view of why they blog (e.g. here and here for starters).
When I started blogging my intention was to communicate stuff for the teenagers I was working with at the time. I thrilled to the idea that they could access a site during an ICT lesson that they were part of (and also provided a guaranteed safe space on-line). Times have changed, as has my role. I find myself viewing blogging in a similar way to that which I imagine Thomas Cranmer corresponding with the embryonic ideas of his fellow Reformers across Europe in the 16th Century; people trying to connect with others of similar outlooks and trying to work out what the new world looks like (and a bit of mutual encouragement along the way). Not that a lot of what I write is of any particular quality like that. I also like being able to put stuff into the public domain for others to use and make better.
So no real conversations are expected, but comments usually received with grateful thanks for stopping by.