I’ve been blogging now for over seven years. I’ve logged 2,457 blogposts during that span of time that has, to some degree, become quite biographical. Having now upgraded the blog, I thought a little re-introduction was in order. People have various reasons for starting a blog. Most of those reasons don’t last as more blogs go into nonexistence each year than get started. Having hung around for seven years now, I thought this would be as good of a time than ever to share why I started blogging in the first place.
How I Was Introduced to Blogging
I first heard about blogging as a mainstream form of media in 2004 during “Rathergate“. Bloggers were able to do the job mainstream media would not and could not do in exposing the falsified documents regarding then President George W. Bush’s supposed avoidance in going to serve in the Vietnam War. I remember reflecting on this phenomenon–how some no name people can have the opportunity in a flattened world to influence an entire nation with this new online platform. I was intrigued to say the least, but it was not enough to get me into the world of blogging.
In the Spring of 2005, a good friend of mine was “researching” in the first floor of Boyce Centennial Library (Southern Seminary’s library) on what was then called a “Xanga blogring.” For those of you around back in 2005, you remember Xanga and Blogger were quite popular. My friend encouraged me to check them out, and so I decided to join both. One was going to be comedic in nature (Xanga), and the other was going to be devotional in nature (Blogger). I had a communications dilemma because my monthly online newsletter fell upon hard times as I lost all the contact information of hundreds of friends and family who were interested in keeping in touch while I was in seminary. I figured a viable solution was to transition from an online newsletter to a digital journal of sorts through blogging.
In the beginning, I shared my experiences in seminary and mostly my devotional thoughts from personal study and Bible intake. I honestly did not know what I was doing and had never heard of the word “hyperlink” before in my life. I also did not have a name for my blog and felt that at least I could do that. Without much thought (literally less than five minutes), I tentatively called it “Provocations and Pantings”, and here’s the reason why.