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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Blogging spreads, waters down Religious Left community

An article on religious bloggers notes a world-wide explosion of blogging about faith and values.

Strange to say, from this blogger's perspective, that religious blogging won't do the Religious Left much good. But then, over here, we're feeling exhausted. In the last three weeks, the three-person publicity team for the Progressive Values Conference has been emailing as many of our progressive blogger colleagues as we could reach, reducing the admissions fees, offering free wireless and shoulder-rubbing opportunities with the senators and journalists, begging the community of lefty religious bloggers to help spread the word. Result? two responses (Philocrates and Bene Diction, thank you sincerely, you are awesome) (actually, to be fair, we got *three* responses, if you count StreetProphets).

Frankly, discouraging. Seems sometimes as if the more bloggers there are, the harder it is to get consensus about any one action, and the harder it is to spread the word around any given community.

I was complaining to Meg, my economist friend in LA, about this, when she called last week.
"Sounds like the problem you're trying to solve -- of unifying a disunified Religious Left -- is the very problem that's holding back your registration numbers."

How true.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems to me that blogging is still a pretty insular realm with little reach outside its domain, which even has its own cute little name, the "blogosphere," to indicate its separateness from the lives of most people. It looks to be most useful for negative purposes of mounting attacks and introducing criticisms to various debates, but less so for positive purposes of building movements and consensus.

Also, it is so individual-oriented (and yes, ego-oriented too) that I'm not surprised little ground is being gained here ... when *everyone* is encouraged to input their two cents, consensus is that much harder to attain.

But then again, I have no experience in organizing anything more complex than my weekly schedule, and very little at that, so I will defer to you, Jo, on what blogs are capable of.

Just my two cents.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any thing else I can do to nelp you in your pro-active attempts - contact more US bloggers for you for example? It was my please to put up the request.
I wish you the best in your endeavours.
Rome wasn't built in a day and it sure wasn't as big as the blogosphere.:^)
Blog On!
Bene Diction

10:27 PM  
Blogger J said...

Thanks, BeneDiction! Getting your help on this would be awesome -- you've been around here longer and pull a lot more weight in the blogosphere than this humble domain!
Right now, I'm trying to spread the word about 2 things:
- the values conference -
- the crossleft newsfeed -
I would *love* to see the world of progressive Christian bloggers posting about these two things. It would be SO much help if you had time to do some contacting work for us.
Thanks for saying hello!

2:44 AM  

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