Thanksgiving Day 2012 - Northeast Indiana
This is not my first blog. In fact, I've tried to start a blog at least three times before, but it has never stuck. There are a number of reasons that I've never been able to keep up. The first is that I get distracted with real life. Between school and other responsibilities I usually don't find extra time to sit down and write for fun. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy writing, it's just that it is easy to forget about.
Second, I often find myself writing to work out thoughts that I have in my head. This means that whatever I'm writing isn't necessarily my best perspective or argument for something. I think that makes me hesitant to publish something that isn't completely worked out so that it isn't taken out of context.
Third, one's ability to appear impartial and open to both sides of an argument in a conversation is difficult to maintain if one has taken a specific stance on an issue. That doesn't mean that I don't have a specific stance or position on a topic but it does mean that I value the opportunities that I have with people to be able to listen to both sides and mediate and I believe that would be harder to do if they could say, "But what about that post you had on your blog, you're not really listening to my side."
All of these may be true and valid reasons to avoid the blog, however I think I've come to the conclusion that it will be a good exercise for at least two reasons. First, it will allow me to formulate ideas in a relatively concise manner. Blogs aren't good for long papers that contain a ton of footnotes. I'm taking this as a challenge to think critically and be well spoken while also being concise. Second, the conversation can be productive when people from different perspectives engage in respectful conversations. You may be thinking, "But Tom, when is the last time that you saw any respectful conversations take place on the internet?" I would probably agree with you. The good news is that I'm not that popular and I don't anticipate this blog being picked up by the mainstream media any time soon. Odds are that if you're here you're probably related to me or we know each other at least fairly well. I'm banking on that to keep people in bounds. If it gets out of hand then I guess we can cross that bridge when we come to it.
Until then however, sit back and enjoy the ride. I look forward to taking up this experiment again and hopefully finding some exciting things along the way.
My name is Tom. I'm fascinated by the ways that people, ideas, current events and theology interact with each other.