Some of my favorite people in our online community are fond of saying â€œItâ€™s just bloggingâ€?. Now when the topic of discussion is something like â€œWhat is the best song the English Beat ever recorded?â€? then I would agree â€“ it is just blogging. But here in the bloggernacle I generally object to this saying. Let me explain whyâ€¦
First, I confess I think the saying has some value even here. We can get pretty crabby with each other in our little community. When emotions run too high or people get too touchy, busting out a well place â€œItâ€™s just blogging!â€? comment can diffuse tense situations (sometimes). The message seems to be â€œDonâ€™t take all of this so seriouslyâ€¦ Youâ€™ve never even met that person face to face beforeâ€¦ This isnâ€™t even realâ€?.
Iâ€™m ok with the sentiment that we should not get our knickers in a twist too easily. But I object to the idea that our community and our relationships here are less real than the communities and relationships we have offline.
Are the friends you make here real friends? Do the kind or consoling words others write to you here really make you feel better? When someone feels humiliated or shunned in our community is it real humiliation? When you feel prompted or inspired to make a specific comment here, is that real revelation from God?
I believe the answer to all of these questions is â€œyesâ€?.
I sometimes like to say â€œItâ€™s not just blogging; itâ€™s peopleâ€?. In ultra-passionate moments I have pointed out that people are the most valuable thing in the Universe â€“ at least that is what God seems to think:
Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God (D&C 18: 10)
For behold, this is my work and my gloryâ€”to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. (Moses 1: 39)
I wonder if there is much more at stake in what we do here in the bloggernacle than we sometimes want to admit. Isnâ€™t it possible or even likely that we are having an effect on souls? Isnâ€™t it likely that we are either helping others develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ or eroding their faith in him?
For us here in the bloggernacle, is it really â€œjust blogging”?