Saint John the Evangelist (Lockport, IL)

Monday, January 24, 2005

Blogging and the Church

A minister ponders what blogging can mean for a church.


At 4:15 PM, Blogger John Larson said...

In "days gone by," we got our information from a few, trusted authorities. With the internet, and now the blogosphere, anyone can be an authority.

The above quote scares me. It takes time to establish integrity and to be trusted. Why should I take time to read something from someone I don't know anything about when I can spend the time reading something from someone I trust? The potential for damage from the spread of false teaching or propaganda seems great. How do we protect the integrity of our St. John's Blog?

At 4:53 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Generally in the "rest of the blogosphere", one establishes credibility over time and by wherever possible attibuting/backing up your statement with links to the source material. On a blog, one can also read through the current (and archived posts) written by that individual. This is the same as in the published world.

It is considered unethical amongst bloggers to revise text (except for typographical errors) after posting. Highlight with Update any revisions or retractions.

Just so you know, in the java applet "editor" that blogger provides to create your post, highlight some text and click the little "link" (the chain) gadget. That brings up a dialog requesting a URL. The text highlighted will then become a link. Also, be wary of line breaks inside of paragraphs. They are interpreted as hard line breaks or new paragraphs in the HTML code and make your text more difficult to read. If you are pasting the text in from another source, you may have to remove line breaks from within paragraphs manually. If the text is available elswhere on the web, use a link instead where possible for brevity. Just quote selected passages if you wish to bring more immediate attention to the text in question.

At 4:22 PM, Blogger John Larson said...

Thanks Mark for the basic instruction on posting. Perhaps a short primer on the basics of how to post things would be helpful. I have been somewhat hesitant to experiment with the other tools.


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