I don't have a extremely clear focus for my blog either. It's largely going to be a place where I can post my sermons, talk about books I am reading, ramble about things that happen or that I notice. I am in the transitional stage from seminarian to first call pastor, so I can't really claim either identity, which also makes it hard to find a good name.
How does one go about picking a clever name? What are some tips I should know before starting a blog? Any advice is welcome!
Ruth, who blogs at Sunday's Coming, offers:
But on blogging more generally: I think one important choice to make is whether you are going to write your blog anonymously or whether you will identify yourself. If you are identified, you need to remember that whatever you write is ‘public’ - not a space to grumble about people or events. The downside of an anonymous blog is that you can’t easily use it for discussion purposes in the church you serve, or you will ‘blow your cover’. I suppose your decision is whether it is primarily personal diary/ reflection space or something for others to read and discuss...
My lectionary-based blog is public: I set it up to discuss sermons & stuff with the people I work with – but now get about 200 hits a week from who-knows-where. But sometimes I wish there was a space for more risky, anonymous thoughts and reflections: maybe one day I’ll set up a second, anonymous space.
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Thank you, matriarchs, for your thoughtful responses. We would love to hear from the rest of you. Got an idea for how our colleague might pick a name for her blog? Or do you have some wisdom to share about what has worked and not worked for you when it comes to actually writing the blog? What challenges have you dealt with as a clergy-blogger? Please share in the comments!
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