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06/01/2006

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good to see you today...

Mark,

The emerging church has developed a remarkable amount of in-house jargon in a relatively short space of time. I mean, the very label is jargon is it not? And new spiritualities of the sort you'll come across at MBS have their own jargon which remain impenetrable to many within the emerging church. Need I say channelling, karma, NLP, pantheism, modalities, etc.

So I have personally found it necessary to have more than one blog - while http://mattstone.blogs.com/eclectic_itchings is aimed squarly at the emerging church, http://mattstone.blogs.com/ekstasis is aimed at meditators irrespective of spiritual convictions. There is an element of crossover but definite distinctions in audience, and consequently, differences in the language I use. For example I freely use the words 'karma' and 'esoteric' on the meditation blog and don't give a damn if non-meditators don't understand. If anything I anticipate the language differences will become even more noticable over time. But, with everything, it defends on your own personal context. Mine is amongst meditators and magick practitioners.

Thanks Matt... I think this is pretty much what Jonny was referring to... and as a reader of both of your blogs, what was in my mind too. I'm not sure I have as much to say as you do mind! ;-) and in our particular context, the aim was/is to journal the journey... I guess I hope that we I can do that in such a way that it is accesible to a variety... perhaps with a variety of "type" of posts? I'm just not sure... I'm not sure I have enough to say to warrant more than one... but... the language point is well made, and another factor to consider!

Thanks mate

Mark, I too have gone for several blogs. I did think about splitting it into different categories but having a place where people without a connection to the church can land and not feel they have entered a different world.

My personal blog is about me, my family, my delapidated house and my town (Morecambe).

My Notes is where I store my talks (mainly because I loose paper and files).

My Study Notes is where I put my thoughts and notes from my reading as I think about Mission in a changing culture.

All three blogs have a different audience serving different purposes. I have made several really helpful links through my personal blog, catching up with old freinds who google my name, meeting up with people in my area who are searching for information about Morecambe.

Hmm... interesting. I have recently been thinking about this not least because i've increasingly been blogging about all things ethical and i had two thoughts on the matter. Firstly, I think there is a difficulty in being different things to different people because what if people accidentally or on purpose stumble across you in a different guise? Potentially someone could read your football musings for months and think this is who you are but then stumble across your meditative musings, or for that matter an article on you in the Guardian, and question your integrity as a person- Schizophrenic tendencies??? In my opinion blogging is at it's best when it is about seeing all of somebody, reading their musings not just on one subject, but the job lot, family, friends, holidays, illness and even AFC Telford.
On the other hand the danger is that this could lead to the emerging church (like the evangelical charismatic era) being led by key personalities that people obsess over...
All the best for 06 mr berry

I did think like Phil for a while, I think it was reading the 31 days to a better blog series on problogger.net that made me consider that audience targetted blogging was no bad thing.

I try not to hide my other areas of online identity, often mentioning them and linking to them. I just see it as giving people the choice not to have their feed readers bombarded with my religious mumbling, or my families antics, depending upon their preference.

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