risky blogging

Blogging is risky; risky business. The internet has a profoundly long memory of all that someone has written, thus a political and professional liability. Yes, everything that I’ve written can be found by someone who does a Google-style background check on me, even the tentative ideas and opinions that are still formative or briefly vented in a fit of rage. Regular readers here at djchuang.com can can easily discern that my opinions are muted b/c of this risk, the jobs that I represent, disclaimer aside; plus, I’m not a strongly opinionated person by nature anyways. Being asked what I’d like to do can feel like being backed to a corner for a decision that I’m not comfortable making.

On the one hand, I’m appreciative of the link love that Mark has shown at his new online venture at Best of the GodBlogs. I hope it is more of a labor of love, than an effort to grow a sizeable readership.

On the other hand, I’ve found that the most popular of blogs don’t draw its audience by being an aggregator of content, by selectively picking the best of articles, or best of blog posts from around cyberspace. Yes, at year end, we’re going to see lots of “best of” lists for 2005. Even though opinions are (generally) a step back from ideas, it is the salient opinion of the blogger (blog author) that adds excitement and engagement to what is written (typed). The thoroughly edited and corporate-speak of mainstream news articles in magazines and dailys doesn’t grab my attention as much as the passionate rant of bloggers noting current events, spiked with personal opinions.

One opinion I’ll infer about the use of language, pertaining to that category called profanity, or cussing. Not to resurrect an old topic that’s already circulated all over the blogosophere, but here goes. A while ago, Tim Challies shared his convictions on A Theology of Profanity, and argued that Philippians 3:8 was a weak, very weak case for the use of cuss words in particular context. Yet, this is the very exception to the rule, argued by these 2 articles: Toward An Evangelical Theology Of Cussing, and Is cussing necessarily a sin? (from a Reformed perspective.)

So, one of my Christian co-workers started blogging with a fictional voice, occasionally using salty language, to tell the stories of everyday people. And to push the boundaries further, the F-bomb was used in part of a poetry reading by Mary Kate Makkai at a Denver missional community. A color commentary [sic] is presented in this series titled, Expletive Undeleted: Dropping the F-bomb in Church, The F-bomb Fallout, The F-Bomb Poet Responds, The F-Bomb Pastor Responds. Even listen to a bleeped out version of that poetry reading.

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2 Responses

  1. DJ-
    You might also be interested in my article over at Emergent What? on cussing.

    Being so highly googleable is getting scary. I’ve always enjoyed the transparency of blogging using my real name, though, and I think it’s kept me more accountable.