This blogpost has two parts. First, you get a partial sampling of some the bloggers I like who… Second, I go on about why “I like bloggers who…”
First, without my even having asked their permission, I note just some bloggers who… :
- David Ker posts today on his GAD and his progress with GAD.
- Jane Stranz several times this year has blogged on now her “second decade of living with MS” sometimes as a caretaker and as a mourner, as often with “some considerable laughter.”
- Rodney A. Thomas Jr. was laughing considerably one Sunday this summer long before the New York Yankees fans weren’t; and while he was changing (and see his comment at his post) he was acknowledging “only God can change people’s hearts.”
- (Rod has let on board at his blog one “Optimistic Chad” who’s also going through some public blogged-about changes recently: “Saturday might be the day I lost hope. Perhaps the future will be new and different, like the mercies of God.”)
- Al Johnson, the pseudonymous poet blogger, went public in April of this year,
- and this encouraged blogger Bob MacDonald to go public with his story.
- Joel Watts, whose blog was once named “The Church of Jesus Christ,” has renamed it “Unsettled Christianity” and has blogged on a number of changes he’s been going through personally, experientially. Let me give Joel credit for keeping me at blogging!
- Rachel Barenblat posts her poetry regularly, recently poetry on having become and on being a mother. She is also blogging on what it means for her to be a rabbi, on not hiding all of who she is becoming, which, of course, “gives us permission to be in-process,” admitting: “Allowing myself to be wholly seen feels dangerous.”
Second, here’s something that feels dangerous from my viewpoint (after I may have unnecessarily pointed out something else about your viewpoint). This is just Part Two of One Blogpost. What if I were a blogger who… I might post something like this:
“Jane Stranz is an example of transparent feminism for me, she comments in context from her viewpoint but doesn’t try to highjack the conversation or point out what a chauvinist I am.”
—David Ker (aka Lingamish, aka DAK)
I like bloggers. (And if I were talking to you in person, I’d just say “I like bloggers period.”) Of course I can qualify this a bit. Yes, I like smart bloggers. Likewise, I like bloggers that for smart reasons blog anonymously and pseudonymously. Moreover, I like bloggers that are intelligent about their passions. I used to blogroll the most brilliant and funniest bloggers because I thought you like them too. But let me qualify my likes more.
I most like bloggers who tell who they are, where they’re coming from, where they’re going, what they’re up to, and even what gets them down.
I’m bringing up this up for a reason. And pardon, if you like, my ramblings.
I like context. So please let me give you some context. You may want to know that David Ker brought up context again yesterday in the context of the Better Bibles Blog and his post he entitles, “A question of context”. You really should have noticed already how he brought up “context” some time ago (as in my quoting him in the epigraph above). Back then, he was bringing up blogger Jane Stranz’s context; and he brought up her context in the context of my post at another blog of mine (Aristotle’s Feminist Subject), in the context of my post I’d entitled, “Pheminist Phooh”. As you can imagine, and as you can see if you do more reading, there’s a bit more of a context. As he suggests in his comment there, now my epigraph here, I was, in his view, at one time trying to hijack a conversation at one of his blogs and also, in his view, attempting to point out what a chauvinist he was. I am truly sorry for that.
So, you can see there’s more than context here. There’s the personal. These are very, very personal things, not just abstractions, not just formulas, not just constructs, not just ideas, not just words. David has remained one of the bloggers who I like the most. Despite everything impersonal between us (such as my imposing my viewpoints, in his view, of course), David has remained “friends” with me (if Facebook counts). (I’m not even saying this because he ably, and with good humor, took the helm at one of my blogs once). In the context of his observation about Jane, David points me, maybe you too, to some very very important things.
So this is the reason I’m posting here on bloggers I like. Like many of them, I am going through some very personal things. Some tough days. Yes, it’s new experiences with my second child preparing to leave home and going through her own battles not only as a cancer survivor living in the identity-shadow of that deadly, scaring disease but also as her own person. Yes, it’s new experiences with my spouse as she looks to making some changes. Yes, it’s new experiences for us outside of the “faith community” we grew up in. Yes, for me, it’s new experiences with my changing Dad fighting deadly cancer. Yes, it’s facing how I’ve lived reluctantly and so resistantly as a missionary kid in my Dad’s shadow, and it’s facing how I’ve treated and mistreated so many, at home, at work, in my neighborhood, in circles of close friendships and of more distant acquaintances, and even people online whether FB “friends” or bloggers. As a blogger, I have not always been kind, and yet I’m bent on becoming, on being a kinder kind of person to you.
(My wife just posted on our refrigerator door a quotation by Mother Teresa. In the context of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa was asked, “What can we do to promote world peace?” This very woman — who left home at the age of 18 and never saw her family again but, as a missionary obeying God’s calling and struggling with her own demons of depression, worked with orphans and the homeless for the rest of her life — said this to the person asking how to promote peace in the world: “Go home and love your family.” I like that. Mother Teresa did not set the bar too high for me. Neither have many of those bloggers who I like set the bar too high for me. Maybe the bar is now high and dangerous and very good. What’s your viewpoint?)