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State of the Blog Address: Why I (continue to) blog

December 7, 2012

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Sure, I picked a strange time to start this blog: just weeks before the birth of our third daughter. But I had good reason(s) to, as I enumerated here. Looking back on that blogging minifesto (you heard that word here first), not much of my reasoning for blogging has changed:

  • It’s a creative outlet for me, a chance to turn all the input I receive in life into output that hopefully helps others
  • I am able to receive gratis review copies of books from various publishers
  • I use it as a way of rehearsing and reaffirming important interests and aspects of my identity
  • Blogging has allowed me to try my hand at writing

Two other benefits have come my way since starting Words on the Word.

First, when I began in June, I really had no intention of reviewing Bible software, and had only ever used BibleWorks 7 and 8. But since beginning the blog, I’ve been able to write in-depth reviews of BibleWorks 9, Accordance 10, and Logos 4 and 5. I’ve also compared the three (with more comparison in the offing).

Second, I’ve just completed my first week through Greek Isaiah in a Year. What began as a quick post to tell my readers I wanted to read Isaiah in Greek in a year quickly turned into a reading group on Facebook with 160 (!) members and active discussion. It’s been a lot of fun. The democratizing effect of social media has grouped together professors, students, long-time Septuagintalists, pastors, and others who just want to read Greek together.

I blog for the love of the game. This blog is not monetized at all, as the business gurus say, save for my participation in the Amazon affiliates program, described here. (Side note: a link for aiding the work of WotW via contribution of books and Bible software resources is here.)

wotw logoThe blog has very much been its own reward. I’ve interacted with lots of folks I never would have otherwise, disciplined myself to start (and finish!) books I might not have otherwise, practiced my writing, and generally had fun.

But perhaps the greatest contribution this blog has made–or so some people tell me–is in its introduction to the world of my 5-year-old son’s writing. I never intended to co-blog, but my son has proved more than adequate to the task.

I’ve had to slow the pace of my blogging a bit in recent weeks as schedule demands have increased. But the state of the blog is strong, and so may it remain.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2012 10:32 pm

    Are you going to let your five-year-old give the opposition response? Also: thanks for blogging; been enjoying it.

    • December 7, 2012 10:39 pm

      That is a fantastic idea. Although I already get enough opposition responses from him in a given week.

      Glad you like it. Thanks!

  2. December 8, 2012 12:21 am

    Keep it up, man. The good thing about blogging is that the site doesn’t go anywhere. Even if you don’t post for a week or a month or whatever, no pressure. Whenever the thoughts come and time permits, you just pick it back up. That’s my perspective.

    • December 8, 2012 6:34 am

      That’s a good point, Brian–I can definitely envision seasons where I might need to do that!

  3. December 8, 2012 8:51 am

    Keep it up! I’ve come to enjoy the community created by blogging as much as anything, esp. when at SBL you get to see people you’ve met online and build friendships upon those interactions.

    • December 8, 2012 9:43 am

      Thanks, Brian! You’ve been a huge help to me in getting things going here. Wish I could have come to SBL to meet you and others this year! Maybe next time.

  4. David Bradley permalink
    December 12, 2012 12:24 am

    Where do you get your blog images from?

    • December 12, 2012 12:08 pm

      Generally Google images, but I try to check and make sure I’m using public domain or non-copyrighted images.

  5. December 24, 2012 9:30 pm

    Glad you posted this blog entry. Another direct benefit of your blog (and our conversations about it); two bloggers added to the scene! Thanks for the inspiration!


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