Is blogging bad for me?
Monday, May 20, 2019 at 06:17AM
Kim

In the past couple of weeks or so, I've been busy with the regular stuff of life. I have been reading, but not a lot of theological reading, other than Bavinck and a hermeneutics book by Grant Osborne. After a very reading-heavy semester, I'm reading about other things. I've also backed off quite a bit from social media and blogging, and I'm definitely avoiding many areas of social media to the point where I've muted a lot of stuff until the beginning of June.

When I heard that Rachel Held Evans died, I waited for it; the inevitable dialogue. And I was not surprised at the voices which basically sang "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead." Because that was how some people reacted to her. I read her first book, and it was a very compelling read and distubring at the same time. I didn't spend much time thinking about her after I read her book, and I never read her blog or followed her on Twitter. When she died, all I could think of was her parents, her two little children and her grief-stricken husband. Her death was sudden; that means they will deal with trauma and grief. I can't even begin to imagine.

I was troubled by two kinds of responses to her death. The first, I've alluded to. Some people barely waited hours to weigh in on how they were thankful she could no longer pass on her false teaching. Some sounded like they believed her death was the result of her beliefs. When you open your comments with, "I'm sorry for her family, BUT . . . " you really should stop and ask yourself if what you're saying needs to be said.

The other kind of response was more patronizing. It came from people who actually didn't know her well, but capitalized on having had a few exchanges with her. "Rachel Held Evans died. Look how sympathetic I am. Look at how gracious I am that I can grieve her death while in life being totally opposed to her. Come read my post about her." Yeah; not my cup of tea.

What kind of blogging world do I live in? That was my question. I love blogging. I love theology. I love writing about it and reading about it. But judging from my own reactions, I began to wonder if this was the best place for me. What is the point in "following" someone on Twitter if I must mute?

The time I have spent thinking has been useful, and I still have more thinking to do. In addition to how I use my writing time, I'm also thinking about where my education is going and a few goals I have. I'm supposed to be contributing to Out of the Ordinary by including links once a week, but honestly, I can't bear to read much beyond news and the progress of the Stanley Cup. 

Paul Carter, on Twitter the other day talked about "self-appointed scrutineers." That is one of the best phrases I've seen, and that is one of the things I have struggled with. Those scrutineers seek to do nothing but condemn, criticize, and point fingers. And when others point fingers in their direction, they label them as "heretics," and "apostate." I can't take it. I'm tired of the phrase -- in abbreviated form -- SJW. I want to yell, "Go back to your jobs and families, please, and give them your attention instead of wasting time online." 

So, I'm thinking. I want to keep writing, but I don't know what that will look like. I would miss the interaction, but I just don't know if this is where I am supposed to be. I know who I am and what I am able to do, but where does one spend her time? Is it detrimental to be involved with blogging social media? That is what I want to figure out. In the meantime, I'm exercising more, decorating my house, walking my dogs, and planning our trip to Scotland and Ireland.

That will do for a little while, anyway.

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