I don’t know about you, but for the life of me I can’t comment. I never know what to say. Sometimes I read a post I agree with so much that I have nothing new to add to what’s already been said. When I disagree in a non-constructive way I don’t say anything at all. And people typically react poorly to statements like, ‘Your blog is so cool I check back three times a day for updates!’ or ‘I had a dream that I was camping in your garden!’ My social awkwardness has followed me onto the Internet.
That’s why I like WordPress’ ‘like’ feature so much. I get to admire or concur without actually having to try and say so. The downside is that ‘liking’ is an easy way to increase audience and reach without even having to go to the trouble of offering up a semi-relevant comment. You don’t have to actually read a post to like it, so it’s not the most ideal way to build online community. And since the best I can come up with when a post so intrigues me that I’m galvanised into actually commenting is often something along the lines of ‘Thanks for posting this!’ or emoticons, I’ve decided to start Featured Blog Thursday.
Each week I’m going to feature a blog or blogger who inspires me or challenges the way I think: wise people, funny people, random people, believers, non-believers, well-known or obscure or garden variety types like myself. It’s not like I have much limelight to offer, but the little there is I’m going to shine around so we can all see better.
I hope you’ll click through to the blogs and engage, and that you’ll share some of your favourites in turn. Let’s read more posts than we write! :)
My first featured blog is one you’ve probably heard about, but I only discovered it relatively recently. It was kind of like stumbling onto an oasis in a man desert. Yep, it’s Rachel Held Evans.
Late last year she published A Year of Biblical Womanhood, in which she engages with the Bible’s view of women by taking literally Scripture’s prescriptions on and about women. The result was a funny, insightful and wise read that I’d heartily recommend to anyone, no matter what side of complementarianism they stand on.
But her blog is about more than that: it’s a search for heart and empathy in a camp that is often more concerned with ‘being right’ than with being loving. It’s grounded in common sense theology. Her posts are thoughtful, her writing eminent and her insights valuable.