10.30.2005

Too much of a good thing

So I'm back to the state of life when I thought, "I don't have time to write my own blog; it takes all the free time I have just to read and comment on other people's blogs."

Two that have captured my attention in recent days:

Gregg's Gambles: a series of posts on his encounter(s) with the emergent church movement

Of the Best Stuff, but Plain: Amanda on Halloween, plain dress and the love of God


I would love to have long conversations with both of them, but I am reduced to quick emailed comments which, at best, fail to express the full range of my emotions and experience on these topics and, at worst, I could end up offending them with a thoughtless or poorly worded phrase. (I've done it before.)

How much time do you spend reading and writing Quaker blogs? Not counting strictly political or humorous ones?

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Blogger Rob said...

Hey Robin!

I've been feeling the same way lately. With so many new blogs, I find it even harder to "keep up." In fact, I'm rushing off right now to get ready to go to meeting. Every now and then I get the feeling that maybe a few of us should go in on one blog together. I haven't thought it through enough... - Rob

10/30/2005 8:43 AM  
Blogger Joe G. said...

Are you aware of Kinja? You might want to use a news reader so that you can get snippets of what the blogs are about. Frankly, I don't read every blog on my blogroll. But, I do skim (I use the aforementioned Kinja as well as Martin's Quaker Blog Watch to help me be a bit more organized).

10/30/2005 10:23 AM  
Blogger Gregg Koskela said...

And I can't even keep up with the comments! :)

Thanks, Robin. Someday, we'll get that chance for a long face to face conversation. I hope!

10/30/2005 10:38 AM  
Blogger Aj Schwanz said...

I have *too* many blogs I want to read - sometimes it gets me away from living life that's right in front of me: not so good. And many times commenting is so much easier than writing my own post: other folks have done the "hard" work, and anything I add is just frosting. But sadly I can't live on just frosting (oh I wish, but the crash would be bad).

You *should* come up and have long conversations with Gregg! Cause then I could come along and go, "yeah! what they said!" :)

10/30/2005 5:31 PM  
Blogger Johan Maurer said...

Why don't political ones count? (This is asked tongue-in-cheek, because I keep starting to write entries that are not supposed to be political, but ... I ... can't ... stop ... myself. Lies! Injustice!! Misappropriation of religious language!!!)

Mostly I read other Quakers just to get my whimsy back. Most of you are far better than I am about expressing something of the fabric of your daily lives.

Honestly, I am a joyful person. I'm actually one of the happiest people I know. But there is an editorialist hidden in me, and this medium lets me get it out of my system. True, I have kept a diary for 38 years, but the idea of posting things in PUBLIC makes me exercise a bit of self-discipline in choosing and testing my bloggy leadings.

I probably spend an average of 45 minutes a day reading or writing blogs. Most mornings I start the workday by checking my rss feeds, both news-related and blogs. Since I'm a writer, I excuse it as a way to warm up my linguistic synapses.

10/30/2005 9:59 PM  
Blogger Robin M. said...

My local public library has a newspaper clipping pasted to the front window about how reading email kills brain cells faster than drinking alcohol.

Gregg and Aj, don't tempt me. Actually, I probably will have to come to Portland some time in the next three months for work. If and when I do, I will try to stay over long enough to meet you (and Johan?). What time is meeting for worship (or whatever you call it) at NFC?

10/30/2005 11:58 PM  
Blogger Martin Kelley said...

Maybe it would be easier for me to answer with how much time I spend not reading blogs. Ahem. No actually, I'm pretty good. I use Bloglines.com to skim a lot of blogs quickly. Maybe a dozen posts will attract my eye over a day. I also multi-task: right now I'm holding 2-month old Francis in a sling, watching two-year old Theo arrange cars on the windowsill and keeping a lookout for trick-or-treaters.

I'd love to have more chances at face-to-face visits. Next summer's FGC Gathering is near Tacoma and there's a lot of interest among a small subset of us liberal Quakes to use the trip as an excuse to make some connections with Northwest Yearly Meeting. As all the cross-posting is showing, the denominational divides aren't nearly as clean-cut or absolute as some would have you believe.
Martin

10/31/2005 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Nancy's Apology said...

Hello Robin

I read as much as I write. So if I spend about a half-hour reading blogs, I'll spend about a half-hour writing my own.

Obviously, it doesn't happen every day!!!

10/31/2005 7:41 PM  
Blogger Moominpapa said...

Hi - you know you guys are the closest I come to Quaker community. For lots of reasons geographical and I guess other fears I find this the easiest way to explore Quakerism. So, I guess all this is something that God is blessing me with while I journey on with him. So thanks!
:) Phil

11/01/2005 5:05 PM  
Blogger Gregg Koskela said...

OOOOOHHH! Do try to come see us, if you're here on business. Worship is at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:15. But even better would be AJ and I coming to Portland and meeting you for coffee or lunch.

11/02/2005 10:59 AM  
Blogger Johan Maurer said...

... and Reedwood Friends Church is at 9:30, with Spanish-language meeting for worship Sundays at 3. (But Judy and I attend the Spanish-language Mennonite services at the OLD First Friends meetinghouse, now Portland Mennonite Church, at 2:15.)

Coffee? Tell me when and where.

Johan

11/03/2005 10:57 AM  
Blogger Zach A said...

I agree, it is hard to keep up with everything. I feel bad adding to the list with my own blog :)

I hope to do my part of keeping the Quaker blogosphere manageable by trying to keep the post quality up and the quantity down.

11/03/2005 3:44 PM  
Blogger Lynn Gazis-Sax said...

And I'll counter Zach's efforts by doing my part to keep the post quantity up and quality down :-). Seriously, I spend probably too much time reading Quaker and other blogs and writing to my own, but Bloglines and skimming help a lot in making blog-reading manageable.

11/05/2005 2:15 AM  

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