Atmosphere could be defined as the weather or climate at some place. So is it even logical to refer to “the Australian atmosphere”? After all, the Australian atmosphere today may be the Indonesian atmosphere tomorrow. Just as the idea of a line between Australia’s atmosphere and Indonesia’s is a slightly hazy concept, so there are no clear delineations between Australia’s blogosphere and that of the rest of the world. Still, there is enough distinction to make it worth talking about and definitely enough to make it worth developing.
In the last week, we’ve seen the blogosphere abuzz with the Sword of the Lord editor’s comments on blogging (see here). It’s not my intent to comment on that here, but the point I do want to emphasise is that the blogosphere is here “like it or not” and it’s here to stay. Bob Bixby, in his controversial post, pointed out that the blogosphere is bringing much needed openness and accountability to Fundamentalism.
I say all that to come to this point. Where’s the Australian blogosphere? Where are the Australian pastors who post thoughts from their weekly study and reading? Where are the godly church members and leaders who are taking advantage of this medium for the glory of God? I know there are some. But not many. Let me clarify here that I’m talking about blogs that deal with serious issues of religious or Fundamentalist interest, not just personal blogs. I’ve got a personal blog where I vent every now and then, and that’s fine, but I’m dealing here with blogs that are dealing with substantial issues.
I’m going to be honest here. I want to see the Australian blogosphere developed because I believe it is an important tool for growth and development. I’m also burdened that we would learn from the mistakes of others and avoid the pitfalls of the blogosphere. Here are some principles we’ll have to follow if our blogs will be honouring to our Saviour:
Discipline “When it comes to time invested in the blogosphere, it is essential to maintain discipline.”
Accountability “Anonymous blogging generally undercuts biblical patterns of interaction and accountability.”
Love “Nothing will reveal unloving attitudes more quickly than the ability to air them publicly, easily, and quickly.”
Purpose “Know what you’re doing before you start doing it. The lure of high stats can easily distract someone whose purpose is not clear and firm.”
So there you have it. We’ve got work to do. Just so you know, if you’re an Australian blogger, I exercise bias in linking to your posts. That said, I wouldn’t mind a link every now and then as well.
From the beginning of InFocus, Farid and I have agreed that we wanted to post mostly substantial material even if it meant we’d be less active. This drives what we do here and that’s why we aren’t posting as often as we’d like to. That said, I believe InFocus is at the point, particularly with the recent addition of the BlogWatch, that it can be a valuable tool for pastors and believers who want to be informed about issues of interest to Christians.