Five Ways Blogging Has Changed My Life

I’ve been tagged by Will and although I’ve sworn off memes for a while I’ll do this one because Will’s a cool guy.  Here’s the rules:

1. Write about 5 specific ways blogging has affected you, either positively or negatively.
2. Link back to the person who tagged you.
3. Link back to this parent post (L.L. Barkat is not so much interested in generating links, but rather in tracking the meme so she can perhaps do a summary post later on that looks at patterns and interesting discoveries.)
4. Tag a few friends or five, or none at all
5. Post these rules— or just have fun breaking them

So here’s the five ways that blogging has changed my life:

  1. It’s gotten me a lot of free books.
  2. It’s forced me to be more focused in my reading efforts.
  3. It’s provided an environment for me to discuss things that interest me, things that most of my “real life” friends aren’t interested in.
  4. It’s provided much food for thought which has caused me to question some long held beliefs.
  5. It’s put me in contact with folks who know so much more than I do, which has in turn kept me from thinking that I know more than I do.

I’m going to pass on tagging.


16 thoughts on “Five Ways Blogging Has Changed My Life

  1. Nick,

    Your answers for 2-5 would also apply to me. I only have received 2 free books, so that would not be my number one reason.

    Number 3 is so true. I hardly have any friends that are at all interested in discussing theology to the degree that my blogger friends do.

    4-5 are just so true. I would not have been exposed to so many great authors if it weren’t for blogging. Plus I would not have learned as much either. I strongly believe that theology should be done in community, and I have blogging to be the best community for this.

    What would be my number one reason? New friends that I have made?

  2. Thanks for making me the exception!

    Yes, I agree with number 3 as well. Not many in my churches want to talk about these things, either!

  3. Oh, the free books… yes! That is one way it’s changed my life too, but I forgot to put that one (ah well, I’d already trespassed my five ways by promising 10 and posting 9, so…)

    Enjoyed reading these.

  4. Nathan & Will: Isn’t it weird that we have to seek out like-minded folks through blogging? You’d think that more people in our churches would be interested in issues of the Bible and theology, wouldn’t you?

    L.L.: Yes, free books are life changing indeed! Go back and add it to the list and fulfill the promised 10 which transgressed the intended 5.

    Roger: Or “now I hate memes…”

  5. Yes, it is weird we have to seek out folk through blogging to talk theology. Though I am running an 11-week Disciple Bible Study course on John. It should be better for a while. I thought it might be better in the US than here.

    Here’s a quote I give: a recent study found that other than the congregationalists, of all denominations (including Catholics) Methodists were the most cool to the idea of bible study and small group discussion. Yes, that’s Methodism, whose founder John Wesley placed us in classes where we were to study, pray, and keep each other accountable. Now, we can’t be bothered with it!

  6. Unfortunately I don’t know more than one person in my real life that shares any interests even close to those that I share with my fellow bibliobloggers.

  7. Nick, I stop by this post to ask “Why is it that people are not more interested in theology?”, and noticed that you had already brought the question up.

    I think that people don’t understand what theology is. Most think that it is some sort esoteric knowledge of the bible.

    I am trying really hard to dispel that myth in our church, by the influences that I have at my church. I do teach theology courses at my church and that is one method how I am trying to implement change. Also doing free lectures once a month.

    But even then attendance from our church is about 10%. But the ones that do attend are hungry to know more, and to draw closer to Christ. For that I am grateful.

    Next month I will begin a long term introduction to theology to our church leadership team. I hope to inspire them to further learning, keep me in your prayers.

    Hey, here is a challenge to all you if you are not doing it already. Ask your pastor if you can teach a class on theology. Great way to help others, and make new friends that may have a common interest.

  8. Robert:

    I think that people don’t understand what theology is. Most think that it is some sort esoteric knowledge of the bible.

    You’re absolutely right! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard preachers shout in triumph that they weren’t theologians. All the while I’m sitting there like, “umm, yeah, you are!” Anyone who reads the Bible is engaged in theology. Likewise, anyone who speaks about God is a theologian.

    Thank God for the work that you’re doing, and even if it’s only 10% showing up, at least you know it’s the 10% that really wants what you have to offer. I will definitely keep you in my prayers!

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