I’ve written this post many times in my own head. I’m the kind of guy that should not be blogging.
1.) I have no real clue what I am doing.
In response to these two posts, I’d say I’m in a totally different league. At best I’m an aspiring E-Rate scholar (not as much to lose).
- A – Big names who really are great.
- B – Big names who make you wonder how they made their names.
- C – Those who are really smart, hold their own, write a few books, but are not big names (at least not yet).
- D – Those who are on the way, doing things as they are supposed to be done, publish a few articles, etc.
- E – Guys who enjoy study, bumble along and are working towards their PhD.
Still, in some of the circles I move in, someone could hold something I write here against their own litmus test of orthodoxy. I’m gambling on the fact that most of them won’t know what a blog is.
3.) I’ve been a chameleon all my life. Liberals think I’m more liberal than I am. Fundamentalist think I’m more fundamental than I am. Pentecostals think I’m more Pentecostal than I am, and so on. I just hope my dad never stumbles across this blog. I am sure to be disowned ;-).
3.) It’s better to be quiet and considered a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. I’m not a particularly sharp thinker or eloquent writer (or spellr). My brain always seems to be on tape delay. I just try work with what I’ve got.
4. There are way too many blogs in biblical studies and personal life that will always be far better.
5. Most of my subjects of interest are interesting mostly to me: my dissertation topic, the latest antics of my kids, and any recent news article that struck my fancy. So specialized that no one cares. But maybe that’s my saving grace. (See West’s warning post again.)
So why start?
- I’ve got thoughts that feel like they could use a somewhat-structured outlet? (Whether anyone actually reads it or not.)
- to spare the e-mail inboxes of all my friends?
- to help me think and write better?
- to end the hypocrisy?
So here goes a half-baked start. We’ll just see where it goes and how long it lasts. When it peters out, I’ll shut it down.
The best way to learn is to start trying. I’ve heard it said somewhere that you learn more from your mistakes than your successes. Let the trial and error begin.
So much for disclaimers.