I stumbled across something yesterday that seemed odd. And it was still on my mind again this morning. I guess it was more unsettling than I thought last night as I turned off my computer. While I was checking out a friend’s blog, I linked over to another site. A friend-of-a-friend connection. The interesting thing, was not the blog post itself, (sorry) but rather, one of the comments submitted by someone who boldly goes by the name “a fellow blogger” but who does not supply his/her URL when they comment, thus preserving their anonymity. Here’s the excerpt from that comment that had me thinking last night and again as I woke this morning:
“number one rule of blogging is to never apologize for a post. You know better, and shame on you for breaking that rule. Number two rule of blogging is to never clarify something that is already crystal clear. Let the reader decide if the commenter is being ridiculous or not,”
Several things struck me as I read this comment. First of all, I was not aware that there was a formally adopted set of rules of blogging. The whole blogging “thing” along with its content seems to be sort of a free-for-all, granting publishing rights to anyone with access to a computer and the Internet. Secondly, if there are any formal rules, it seems hard to imagine that these two rules would rank in first and second ordonance (yeah it’s a word, look it up) in spite of the certainty with which “a fellow blogger” declares it.
Third, (but really of first importance), I would love to know from “a fellow blogger” if these first and second rules apply to a blogger who professes a faith in Jesus Christ and who ought to be obedient to His rules as a priority over man-made conventions relating to the blogosphere?
It strikes me that Christ would expect our effort toward reconciliation when we are made aware of our mistakes, and somewhere close to the beginning of that process would be an apology, rather than maintaining a smug self-righteousness.
And absolute clarity of expression would seem to be a standard that we would desire to achieve in all of our communication irrespective of the subject matter. But especially when it comes to matters related to God, which in the case of the blog post in question, was precisely the case, at least by way of reference.
Uber blogger Justin Taylor has apologized for and clarified posts he has made several times over the course of the last year. The most recent example of which can be found here. I hope that “a fellow blogger” will take the time to contact JT and least extend the courtesy of letting him know that he’s breaking these first two rules of blogging. Once accomplished, Justin’s conscience can then guide his course.
My Spirit lead conscience will do the same for me.