The life of Blog

rad.jpg A few bloggy things that have appeared on the radar screen and I wanted to mention.
If you are an anonymous blogger then there’s some good words of wisdom from Dave reflecting on his observations and experience. I particular liked this line:
“If you blog about your job and your employer doesn’t know about it you could be in dangerous waters. Trust me, I have been there and bought the goggles / swimming cap”
The legendary Dotster is MAKING her students blog (lol) as part of their Christian Youth Work course at Chester University! This is the blog that draws them together and the links are on the right hand side, check them out! (Oh and if any of the Chesterblogsters pick this up, Welcome and I highly recommend checking out TSKs blogger prayer as a great guide to the spiritual opportunities and dangers of blogging)
And lastly, I am doing a workshop thing at the Matrix conference. It was to be on blogging but it’s suddenly become an ‘All Tech in General’ one taking in video, blogging, powerpoint and more *EEK!* I think I’m going to reign it back in though ‘cos potentially that’s going to disappoint everyone who comes as:
a) It’s too much to cover and
b) I’m not so hot on the video side.

So I’m thinking of something along the lines of “How can blogging serve youth ministry?” What do you think? What would you want to see/hear? What would make it REALLY useful? NEED INPUT (rsvp)
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5 Replies to “The life of Blog”

  1. a question i have about blogging and youth ministry, is kind of touched on by dave’s words of wisdom.
    if a blog is to be some kind of reflective exercise, that is done in public, just how vulnerable should we make ourselves, bearing in mind that employers/young people can read what we’ve written?
    perhaps blogging is only useful in terms of sharing ideas and resources, and discussing questions like this.
    that’s my initial response, might think about it some more.
    am planning on being at matrix, so look forward to hear what you’ve got to share!!!

  2. Hey Phil! You’re planning on being at Matrix – hurrah! See oyu there.. .Oh yes Ian… sorry
    Blogging for youth ministry… I have often reflected that blogging is a very responsbile way of reflecting on issues for your work. Aside from thigns that are actually confidential and pertinent to a young person’s particular situation, what is there that we might say in our own private reflections that shouldn’t be shared? Surely we shouldn’t be thinking stuff that isn’t preintable as such. For me it means I can reflect on things openly with that ever so useful accountability. It means I can have a conversation about something with people who share an interest in the ideas I’m discussing even if I don’t see them regularly. It also means I can “hang out at the water fountain” with people who work miles away but doing the same/similar job.
    I look forward to reading the students joint blog. I advised my fieldwork tutees to consider it when they stop being students and stop HAVING to sumbit journals but making the journalling a blogging thing is a good idea.

  3. Hi Ian,
    Sorry we never got to meet at the LICC day recently – both rushing around networking I guess…
    … which, slightly tenuously, brings me to your question about how blogging can serve youth ministry. Just some quick points:
    Blogging enables you to be part of a conversation about youth work (and its associated fields of culture and mission) in a way that would not otherwise be possible. eg. there’s no way I can justify the time and travel incurred in a trip to Oxford for a 5 minute chat about something or to find out what’s new/exciting/challenging about youth work for you. Never mind the people in the USA or Oz whose blogs I read and interact with. And vice versa.
    Blogging forces you to turn random thoughts or ideas about something into a better formed argument or theory, usually provisional or unfinished. I find it prods me into thinking when I might otherwise let the thought go.
    Blogging, even if most of the time you simply read rather than post, gives you access not just to resources, but also to a form of reflective practice that you won’t get from just talking to the people around you.
    I believe it is absolutely vital for youth workers to feel connected to a community beyond their own church or organisation. If this is about the Kingdom of God, not just my church/organisation/ministry then we need connections with others. Blogging is ONE way of doing this (but we should also have other face to face relational links too).
    Finally – blogging isn’t an essential and it isn’t for everyone. You can be an outstanding youth worker without blogging. I know several here in Colchester and I am humbled by the quality of their youth work and their incarnation of the Christian life.
    Don’t try to cover everything, just the bits you’re passionate about. Do you have anyone else (a young person perhaps?) who could do some stuff on video if that’s what’s wanted?
    Hope it goes well.

  4. thats a great bloggers prayer….will be on my wall at uni to remind me. thanks!
    and thanks for drawing attention to the chester blogging youth workers….we’re really grateful for any comments! and the Dotster (as you say) is a legend! who’d have thought of it?! i think its great fun and a great idea!
    Laura
    Chesterblogger

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