Monday is for Discussion
Some time back someone asked me why I blog when I could reach a larger audience simply by building up my Facebook™ presence?
My answer was to question two things:
- The assumption that a large audience in Facebook is necessarily better.
- The assumption that significant discussion on complicated issues is best done (or can be done) in the medium of Facebook™.
To overstate my own perspective, my experience on Facebook™ is that it is filled with:
- videos of cats and dogs doing cute and or stupid things.
- videos of humans doing stupid and or dangerous things.
- conversations that are often opinionated rants by people who have not done their homework or whose “homework” was a quick google search of the most popular trending sites on the latest controversy about which they want to opine.
- political and environmental rants declaring this or that persons current bumper-sticker enthusiasms or life-long anger, passion, or prejudice.
- despite these drawbacks, it is a useful tool for certain issues.
I want to use Facebook™ as a tool:
- to stimulate further discussion on the blog.
- to share links to important articles for the development of a Christian World and Life view
- to keep in touch with old and new friends.
- to encourage any who know me to consider or re-consider Christ and the gospel.
I just think that substantive issues cannot be discussed well in the medium of Facebook™. They are better in a more thoughtful, less immediate, and less public atmosphere. Therefore, I BLOG because I think there are things that I have learned or that I am in the process of learning that might be of value to others and Facebook™ is the wrong medium and the Blog is better. And I Blog because there are people who are drawn to the Blog who will help me think through certain issues in ways that will help me grow as a Christian and leader.
Got an opinion? Share it in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.