Lesley on her blog has been thinking about the risks folks take when they blog.
Blogging makes people both more aware of and more outspoken about difficulties within their institutions, which makes them edgy…. I would love to know what everyone else thinks.
I’ve enjoyed reading the comments that bloggers have posted on her blog as they have made me reflect on the way I blog.
Oh dear, I’m afraid that I have become a terminally old lady and boring as I only post when I have something nice to say. The trouble is that much of what is going on in the institutional church makes me cross and want to SHOUT. All my posts would have to be written in capital letters. I am glad that there are people prepared to stick their heads above the parapet and comment and challenge much that is going on. I enjoy reading their blogs immensely because they help me to think through what my position is. I am not a wordsmith, others can articulate what they believe so much better than me.
My blog will never be ‘edgy’ but I started it because I get so mad at the institution I felt I needed to record some of the tiny glorious moments that happen in God’s kingdom in my little patch. Most of the time I feel a bit pedestrian, plodding on, fairly insignificant, and not making much of a difference to this world. It is therefore important to me to mine all those glorious little moments, however small and then rejoice in them.
This is what I said on my about page when I started this blog:
It has been said that rural ministry is like walking through treacle backwards. This is my attempt to celebrate glorious things; every step forward, every shiny moment when I recognise God at work. I love this place. I love the people. Treacle is sweet and it can be a blessing.
Sometimes we need to remember the nice stuff and why we do this job.