The Mormon Blogosphere

December 16, 2003 | 16 comments
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I just noticed that my friend and ward member Logan Bobo now has his own blog. As I look at Logan’s blog, I wondered whether we at Times and Seasons have been neglectful of our peers in the Mormon blogosphere. I think we may have inadvertently neglected to discuss other LDS bloggers. So here is a short post dedicated to that topic. (Warning: Post discusses Kaimi’s idiosyncratic blog-surfing preferences).

I know I read other members’ blogs often. In particular, I have enjoyed reading:

Nate’s Good Oman, which often has interesting material (though less so now that we have diverted much of his energy elsewhere. Mwuaahaahaahahah!).
Matt’s occasional musings over at The Buck Stops Here
David Sundwall at A Soft Answer, which may be coming out of its short period of hibernation.
Until its untimely demise, I enjoyed reading The Legal Guy.
Dave at the Mormon Inquiry Blog.
Adam didn’t post often enough for me to really get into his blog, but I certainly enjoyed discussions with Adam, Nate, Matt and others on the LDS-Law e-mail list. (I recommend the list for anyone interested in the church and law).

There are several other blogs that I have read from time to time and enjoyed. The ones I can think of right now are:

Those crazy anonymous folk over at Metaphysical Elders. (Even if I do disagree with them from time to time).

Gordon’s Venturpreneur and Russell’s unpronounceable blog, both of which are rapidly making their way onto my A-list. I must confess I didn’t know about these blogs at all until I started with Times and Seasons, but they are very high-quality.

Michelle’s blog at Ms. Morality (though if she’s married, why isn’t she Mrs. Morality?).

The banana-blog of our new guest-blogger Ady Hahn.

Two of our frequent commenters, Clark and Brayden, also operate high-quality blogs.

Finally, I have dropped in from time to time at All Hands and the Cook, LDS Citizen, Geoff Matthews, and Jan. I’ve enjoyed my visits, but am not yet hooked on any of them (which is probably good — the list of blogs I read regularly is getting pretty long, and my wife keeps having to kick me off the computer).

I know I’m leaving out a lot of good blogs. Which is why, at this point, I cede the floor. Now it’s your turn, dear reader. What Mormon blogs do you read? For that matter, what non-Mormon blogs do you read? The comments button is open, and the floor is yours.

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16 Responses to The Mormon Blogosphere

  1. Logan on December 16, 2003 at 1:39 pm

    Well, that’s right — I do have a new blog (thanks for noticing, by the way). I’m just getting my feet wet in the “blogosphere,” working on hitting my stride as a blogger, and also just getting to know what’s out there, so my list of frequented blogs is still short.

    This blog has helped spur my interest and get me excited more than any. I also love the mystery (and insight) of The Metaphysical Elders. “Russell’s unpronounceable blog,” as Kaimi puts it, almost always intrigues me (even when I find myself disagreeing with him). I usually stop by Kaimi’s, too. I’ll certainly check out the blogs of other people who post here.

  2. Nate on December 16, 2003 at 2:01 pm

    I have always thought that the Metaphysical Elders was one of the best blogs out there…

  3. clark on December 16, 2003 at 2:23 pm

    Actually I doubt mine is of interest to many, since 90% of it focuses in on rather technical issues. I halfway worry at times that I’m setting myself up for a misunderstanding when someone not familiar with the issues discussed reads it and interprets it as meanign something completely different. I also worry that the language is too “impenetrable” at times. Most of the continental philosophers I like have that reputation. The American philosopher I like, Peirce says a lot of the same things, but without the rhetorical play and demonstration of the issue. (See, for instance Derrida against Searle in _Limited Inc._ – great rhetorical demonstration of the issue, but not exactly clear unless you already know Derrida’s point) Peirce is very simple, clear and easy to read. I really ought to adopt his stance more.

    Anyway, I keep meaning to finish up my literature page which will be like my philosophy one but less “impenetrable.”

    BTW – I really enjoy _The Metaphysical Elders_ as well. I often leap randomly to some archived page just to get some ideas for thinking about while I walk my dog.

  4. dp on December 16, 2003 at 7:05 pm

    I discovered Times and Seasons via A Soft Answer http://www.asoftanswer.com which would have to be high on my list of favourites. I recently started my own foray into blogging over at http://doctrinal.net and will be adding thoughts and mutterings that spring to the mind of this early morning seminary teacher (hi Gordon).

  5. Brent on December 16, 2003 at 10:20 pm

    Let me shamelessly plug a blog my friend and I run at http://www.wewintheylose.blogspot.com. Although our commentary is generally more political in nature, we are both LDS and post items of interest to members from time to time.

    As for those you have already mentioned, A Soft Answer is one of my favorites (I look forward to David getting back into the swing of things) and I really enjoy Ms. Morality’s site as well. For Times and Seasons lawyers, you’ll have to check out http://www.appellateblog.com (at least I think that is the site, it might be appellateblog.blogspot.com). Not an LDS site, but a good one.

  6. travis on December 16, 2003 at 11:17 pm

    my roomate, doug, and i are BYU students who blog at all-encompassingly.com. if you don’t mind occasional (frequent?) attempts at immature humor, then you might enjoy our musings on politics and lots of other stuff.

  7. travis on December 16, 2003 at 11:18 pm

    *roommate

  8. Adam Greenwood on December 16, 2003 at 11:27 pm

    Is all-encompassing.com one of those capital-impoverished areas? Is it an ironic tribute to e.e. cummings? Or are you trying to conserve pixels?

    How’s THAT for immature humor? ;)

  9. Adam Greenwood on December 16, 2003 at 11:29 pm

    Some of you bloggers that comment here frequently need to stop being so lazy and link to your posts in your comments! With any luck we can bring this Bush economy to its knees!

  10. cooper on December 17, 2003 at 12:02 am

    I too found this site through a soft answer.com. I like the content and appreciate his links. I read mostly right wing conservative spewing and enjoy it! I do read about 40 different blogs, many of them authored by LDS people. Many are thought provoking. Some are not. I do like the banter here at times and seasons. Thank you for putting yourselves out there to be read!

  11. travis on December 17, 2003 at 1:41 am

    haha, adam. fabulous. would you like to write for us? no capitalizing, of course.

    i have always thought writing should be a person’s complete self-expression. when i was in high school i wanted to make up my own words when they did not exist to fit my purposes. the mean teachers said, ‘no.’ i said, ‘shakespeare did it.’ they didn’t care. supposedly i had to learn the rules before i could break them? i dunno, i wasn’t really listening.

    but anyway, i take my anti-capitalization stance out of simplicity, and an interest in aesthetics. periods seem to do the job for dividing sentences, proper nouns are pretty easy to spot, and i think the consistency of the lower-case is much more attractive than the mix’n’match of normal punctuation.

    now that i blog, i can write the way i want. no grades to worry about, no job on the line…only linkage–blessed linkage–to be won.

  12. Adam Greenwood on December 17, 2003 at 3:27 pm

    I don’t think I’d fit in, Travis. As a Good Burkean Conservative I try to capitalize nearly everything, out of respect for Tradition.

  13. a fan of all-encompassingly.com on December 17, 2003 at 9:07 pm

    adam,
    i don’t think you’d fit in either. the guys at all-encompassingly.com don’t have their panties in a twist…immaturity at it’s best.

  14. Adam Greenwood on December 17, 2003 at 11:18 pm

    I’m glad the good folk at all-etc.com don’t have their panties in a twist. That would be uncomfortable. But just to be on the safe side, my I recommend boxers? The danger of twistage is so much less.

  15. Kaimi on December 17, 2003 at 11:32 pm

    Darn anti-capitalists!

  16. Kaimi on December 18, 2003 at 12:59 pm

    Another reason to visit the Metaphysical Elders — they now have comments available! (If those had been in place a month ago, some interesting posts over here might have instead ended up in comments over there.)

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