I got a request from my friend Judith Schultz and realised I hadn’t posted for a while. Here’s why I do (or don’t) blog.
I hope you don’t mind me writing to you and requesting your assistance?
I am currently taking a degree in Pastoral Care & Psychology and one of my assignments for the next module is to conduct a small – and I emphasize small – research paper on a chosen topic. I have decided to look at why clergy, in particular, blog.
I would be grateful if you could answer the following questions in relation to my research paper entitled ‘WHY DO YOU BLOG?’
1. Why do you blog?
I’m supposed to be writing regularly, and this is one way to do it.
2. What do you blog?
Personal incidents which amuse or challenge me. Lessons learnt through reading, Bible study, speakers etc. The Devotional which I put in the newsletter. I erratically keep an electronic journal. Some items that are not too personal may make the blog.
3. When do you blog? (Is it every day, once a month etc)
Intermittently, although my aim was at least once a week.
4. Where do you blog? (From home, office, anywhere)
Anywhere – mainly at my home PC, but sometimes by e-mail from my PDA.
5. Who are you blogging for? (Your intended audience)
Not sure. I once read that you should blog for yourself, and not worry too much about who reads it. Then again, the official Army line is that anything an officer writes for external audience should be evangelistic. (Ho hum!)
6. Do you publicise your blogs?
It’s in my e-mail signature, but otherwise I don’t advertise. Mainly that’s laziness, in part because I’d need to write more often!
7. Do you check your blogs for comments? if yes – do you find
the comments helpful?
I have e-mail notification set. I don’t get a lot of comments, but the blog did provide a contact point for a former Junior Soldier from Hatfield Peverel.
8. Any further comments and thoughts from yourself?
Biggest problem is discipline. A blog is only really useful for me or my readers if I post to it. Perhaps this survey would make interesting reading.
So tell me, why do you blog?