« Church in Smallville | Main | LDS Feminism: Another Look »


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

"LDS blogs...are more like an adult alternative to golf, crochet, or television."

My vote for best Bloggernacle line this week.

Thank you Dave. I admit that I occasionaly question the value of all of this. Your thoughts here help.

Blogs are transforming Mormon culture in one important way. They put an end to the silence, which characterizes so much of the Mormon experience. There are many, many people that do not dare to share their feelings about the Church with their spouse, their parents, and their children.

By providing a space for people to communicate more authentically, the Internet is making a meaningful difference in the lifes of many Mormons. One cannot change patterns of communication without transforming a culture.

"forum for discussions that supported revolutionary change in government and society, part of the Enlightenment project."
I'd actually say that there is a revolution of sorts taking place person-by-person in this forum. (continues in two quotes...)

"Some might argue that modern political blogs aspire to that role, but not LDS blogs, which are more like an adult alternative to golf, crochet, or television."
Except that none of those are anywhere near as addictive. Ok, crocheting, maybe... ;P

"A superior alternative, IMHO, but not part of a program for overhauling the Church the way discourse in a Habermasian public space treats public policy issues of significant import for society."
Well, we are a church made up of and led by the members, right? So, overhaul the minds of the members and you overhaul the church. Granted it's not any kind of an administrative or doctrinal overhaul, but in providing a forum for discourse on one's faith, it allows for the refining of that faith. Call it part of the church's three-fold mission--"perfecting the saints." By pooling our knowledge and refining our individual syntheses, we perfect how we each function in the church and in society in light of our faith. It's a bit of a grass roots revolution, reaching, as you mention, a much greater segment of the church population than Sunstone and the like, and giving whoever chooses a voice in the discourse. This 'open enrollment' also allows those with lesser knowledge and experience to jump in and take part in discussions that will enhance their knowledge, learning as they go from the other participants, which is another way in which they are able to attract, include, and keep more people tha the traditional mormon studies crowd.

"And while an open forum fosters more wide-ranging discussion of some topics, the spectrum of opinion on religious issues one sees in the B'nacle isn't much different from what exists in the Church as a whole."
Ok, on the narrative level, I totally agree with this statement, but I think we would imply different meanings. I would add the caveat that in the church as a whole you have an amazingly diverse spectrum of attitudes and beliefs (all the way from literal acceptance of every word of scripture and every word breathed by GA even when contradictory to suggesting we 'girlcott' the temple until they change the ceremony) which is, in fact, reflected in the 'nacle.

I agree with Naiah; the Mormon blogs as a whole aren't revolutionary in agenda (although perhaps some specific sites are), but they're still revolutionary within modern Mormonism. The mere existence of a forum for faithful Mormons where the agenda isn't set by the Correlation Committee is a revolution in form, if not in substance.

Very interesting post Dave.

I think open discussion of topics that were not being discussed, from both scholarly and non-scholarly approaches, is a very significant thing.

There are other factors that could eventually play a role as well - as the LDS blogging community becomes more and more entrenched.

Over time the LDS blogging community might develop projects to which individual members will contribute and which might in turn attract more participants. There have been stabs at creating scripture commentary and that sort of thing. I don't think they have really taken off all that much -- but there is potential for the LDS blogging community to put together some kind of online project.

I also think that it is only a matter of time before at least some LDS blogs begin to generate consistent income from ads -- income that could be either be absorbed by the authors or turned to some kind of charitable purpose. I see you are plugged into AdSense. I'd be curious what T&S or BCC: could make if it plugged into that system.

We've seen that people create banners for their blogs or LDS blog feed sites and that they've been put in sidebars. How long will it be before LDS business starts investigating the value of ads in LDS blogs? There are already entrepreneurs in the LDS blogging community. They might find that their LDS blogging friends would be supportive of their business efforts and would help advertise their products.

I'm sure the LDS blogging community will go in all kinds of interesting and productive directions. I'll definitely be interested to see what happens.

Interesting thoughts, danithew. I put up the ads about the time I upgraded to Typepad Pro, which runs about ten bucks a month. I figured it was a fair way to defray those costs. It's interesting to see the ads that run through the ad box. For example, Deseret Book now runs ads. I'm just waiting to see an LDS.org ad show up ... FYI, I don't pick the ads, Google does all that, although I can (and have) blocked particular ads that I find offensive or for some other reason deem inappropriate for my site.

Dave, I experimented a little bit with zazzle.com (creating t-shirts, cards and the like) and also with AdSense. Zazzle.com gives an artist 10% of the value of the products sold. I also tried AdSense.

What impressed me is that I earned more from a click of AdSense ads than I did from selling a product with Zazzle.com.

I watch TV and iron while I blog. Honestly. I do. Well, I post, then I iron, then I check, with the TV on at all times. Really.

danithew, Lisa on FMH said something to me about you suggesting these ads. What do you think of them? I've never noticed anybody had ads, but maybe I will now.
It seems somebody said something once, and I did it a few times, then I forgot.

just answer on e-mail, will you, I won't answer, I promise. gardnera@netutah.com

Hey anne ... i wrote you an email. You're welcome to email me anytime.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Now Reading

General Books 09-12

General Books 06-08

General Books 04-05

About This Site

Mormon Books 2015-16

Mormon Books 2013-14

Science Books

Bible Books

Mormon Books 2012

Mormon Books 2009-11

Mormon Books 2008

Mormon Books 2007

Mormon Books 2006

Mormon Books 2005

Religion Books 09-12

Religion Books 2008

Religion Books 2004-07

DMI on Facebook

Blog powered by Typepad