Having started the process to join the Progressive Christian Blogger Network (check out the long list of member blogs on my sidebar), I'm contemplating my participation in what Peppermint calls "The Blogging Revolution." I've always wanted to be a writer, but I tend to write only when I have deadlines and/or an audience. I spent my undergraduate years around tables- classroom tables, Brady's Cafe tables, smoky living room coffee tables- listening to poetry and reading my own poems. Since Brady's closed and I've been bereft of a writing workshop, my writing petered out to an unsteady stream of academic papers and the occasional sermon. Hence, the blog. Though it doesn't provide me with the thrill of a deadline, it does give me the benefit of an audience that has grown to approximately ten folks, most of whom I am related to by blood or years of real-life friendship. I like this a lot. Knowing that the people who know me best are reading this keeps me honest and on my good behavior; since my parents were the first folks to have my web address, I've known from the beginning that I can't say anything here that I wouldn't say to M. and D. (Not that I would ever say anything that couldn't be repeated in the presence of parents!)
So. I'm content with my obscure blog. And yet I'm trying to affiliate myself with a network that would result in my blogspot being published on dozens of strangers' blogs. And the said network isn't neutral; it's a society of misfit Christians who are cranky about conservatism in the church and society and think that the pursuit of social justice is part of Christian discipleship. By joining the ranks of the Progressive Christian Blogger Network, I'm not only identifying as a Christian and a progressive (big surprise there), I'm claiming that I have something to add to the public conversation about faith, theology, and politics. Nathan suggested that all bloggers perceive of themselves as prodigies; certainly, publishing one's opinions always implies at least a smidgen of self-importance. But passively watching an increasingly broken world continue to wallow in hopelessness, violence, and injustice without at least attempting to speak out of my faith convictions is a truly crummy alternative.
So, here's to a beautiful change, any day.