What is the Bloggernacle? I have tried to answer that question a time or two recently, and thought I might post my notes so other LDS bloggers could add their thoughts as well. I'll retain the Q&A format that I originally used to formulate my replies.
What is Mormon blogging all about? In the LDS blogging community I am familiar with, blogging is more like sharing stories around the water cooler than real publishing via newspapers, magazines, or journals. Posts and comments are informal and ordinarily quite friendly.
Who are you? Just a regular Mormon who happens to enjoy online conversations about Mormon history, doctrine, and culture. I started this weblog in August 2003, when there were only two or three Mormon weblogs; today there are perhaps a few dozen weblogs that regularly post on Mormon topics. A short summary at Times & Seasons provides additional background for those who are interested.
What do you write about? I generally link to online media articles that discuss LDS topics or events, then add a few comments of my own. When I have time I also post comments on books I am reading on Mormon history or on more general history or religion topics. Other Mormon bloggers have a different approach or focus to the material they post. Some posts generate dozens of comments from visitors; others receive no comments at all.
Why do you run a weblog? Because I enjoy exchanging comments with other Mormon bloggers in the small and friendly LDS blogging community (often referred to as "the Bloggernacle"). As far as I can tell, just about every LDS blogger is an active and believing Latter-day Saint.
So does blogging fill some kind of unfulfilled need? Since those who participate in the LDS blogging community are people you could meet at church on Sunday (were they all in the same geographic location) blog conversations are just extensions of conversations that could occur at church. On the other hand, Sunday classes stick to the basics and are not really the proper forum for in-depth discussions of LDS history or doctrine. In that sense, LDS blogging fills a need not provided for on Sunday for those who want or enjoy a more searching discussion of interesting or even troubling issues.