Blogging Despair

Okay, this one has started to make the rounds, but I couldn’t resist posting it here. From the good folks at Despair.com:

  Blogging | Despair.com

Blogging: Never before have so many people with so
little to say said so much to so few.

Aaah, Despair.com. You’ve just got to love a company with slogans like “The Relentless Pursuit of Dejection” and “Increasing Success by Lowering Expectations.”

Update: There was some thoughtful concern expressed that I might be questioning the value of blogging with this post. If you share that concern, please read the comments below!

3 Comments

  1. 3D says:

    Ray Fowler — When you posted this, I was surprised. Your blog is characterized by engaging information and an engaging human voice. I couldn’t understand how you could — even jokingly — cast a shadow of doubt on the value of the work you do here.

    Today I see that you’ve posted an article making a distinction between “blogging” and “being a blogger” (or “having a blog”) — or something. I didn’t quite get it. But I inferred the article’s bottom line involved a subtle denigration of blogs with low readership.

    My own blog is less active than yours. But still, yesterday my blog received over 400 visits. That’s a lot of people. If a quarter of them took the time to actually read one of my articles, then that’s 100 people. Far more than I could ever touch/engage/influence outside of the virtual world.

    I’d guess that your visitors are more numerous than mine — Which means your audience is *virtually* vast. Why would a pastor doubt his work in communicating with such an audience? Especially a pastor with so much of interest to say?

    I think you should appreciate better, Ray, how authentic what you do is.

    (although, really, the Sarah Palin apologetics are too low… but so be it)

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    3D – Don’t “despair!” The Blogging Despair post was just in jest, tongue pressed firmly against cheek. I really enjoy blogging and consider this blog a valuable part of what I do each week. I never even thought about the fact that the post might cause some to wonder whether I was questioning its value. (Which just goes to show, maybe I need to think more before I post.)

    As far as blog numbers, I agree — one cannot measure a blog’s value by the size of it’s readership. A blog is a conversation with other people, and conversation has value whether I am speaking with one person or many. (I think that was Tim’s point in his post about “having a blog, not being a blogger.” He wasn’t interested in trying to pump up the numbers on his blog for number’s sake. He just wanted to share his thoughts along the way with those who were interested in listening.)

    Anyways, thank you for taking the time to respond to this post. I found your words very encouraging, and this also gave me the opportunity to correct any misunderstandings other people might have had from this post.

    All the best!
    Ray

    P.S. Good dig on Sarah Palin – I got a chuckle out of that!

  3. Ray Fowler says:

    While I am thinking of it, I wrote a post last year around this time on how one cannot measure a blog’s worth simply by its numbers. (How much is your blog worth?) I just went back to re-read it, and I can say I still agree with what I wrote then:

    “There are more important ways of measuring a blog’s worth than link-to-dollar ratios. Here are just a few:

        God being glorified
        friendships strengthened
        relationships formed
        lives touched
        truth communicated
        encouragement given
        laughter spread
        information shared.”

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