Blogs are powerful communication tools. They give an opportunity
to everyone (with access to a computer) to publish their thoughts
on anything they choose. Because blogs nearly always allow
comments, they allow discussion to flourish over the internet in an
open and democratic way.
Blogs have an informal ethos. They can be used to reflect,
discuss (even with yourself - diary style) and offer an
opportunity for honesty and transparency. Blogs and other
online tools (Twitter, Facebook etc) are called
Social Media because using them is more like
chatting with people in a café than publishing information, or
putting out 'the final word' on anything.
For Christians blogging is engaging with others, and of course
this an opportunity for mission: for helping others and
showing the love of Christ.
There are some downsides in the world of blogging - sometimes
arguments degenerate into unpleasant mud-slinging. Anonymity can
make people more aggressive than they would be in a face-to-face
conversation. Sometimes it's tempting to reply in the heat of the
moment and that might mean publishing something that is unhelpful
or hurtful to others.
But don't let this put you off, the opportunities are far
greater than any potential pitfalls, which can largely be countered
by using your common sense. Its all about communication, and
communication is what Jesus is all about.
How to start blogging
Setting up a blog for the first time is simple.
Start a blog here www.blogger.com
Or here http://wordpress.com
No need to download anything to your computer. Just sign up and
follow the instructions…
These are the two most common 'platforms' for blogging, but there
are plenty of others -just Google 'Free blog'
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