Miniblog #159: What’s This Blog’s Purpose?
Earlier this week I sought feedback on my rhetorical strategy. One theme I discerned was that, in so many words, my purpose in writing is muddled. I’m not going to request critical feedback and then get all defensive or indignant when it comes in.1 Rather, I hope to constructively clarify why it is I write this blog. Without a doubt the reason my purpose is unclear is that it’s anything but singular; that is, my purposes are many.1.That would be hypocritical, immature, and just plain stupid. This blog is how I get my mind around what I’m thinking. It has become the primary means through which I process my feelings. It’s a forum for wrestling through my beliefs as they evolve.22.And hopefully mature. As an aspiring author, it’s how I practice and improve in the craft of writing. It’s how I get feedback on the veracity of my perspective(s). It’s a creative outlet. It’s a place where I try to model a different way of being.33.Specifically, the rigorous pursuit of truth experienced within missional community and moored in authenticity, compassion, grace, humility, and love. It’s how I share humorous, artistic, or thought-provoking videos. It’s my way of expressing empathy and encouraging like-minded people who feel alone and misunderstood. It’s a tool for educating. It’s a platform for offering a prophetic voice–challenging American society and the Body of Christ. It’s a laboratory of trial and error in the art of effective communication.44.I’ve by no means offered an exhaustive list. In sum, this blog is how I share my convoluted life journey as I relentlessly pursue God, truth, beauty, goodness, self-discovery, refinement, and the like. My wife recently made me aware of the distinction between a discourse of affirmation and a discourse of inquiry.55.There’s obviously some conceptual and pedagogical overlap but, in general terms, the former declares, simplifies, and expects conformity whereas the latter offers, complicates, and facilitates searching. Returning to the original issue, quite honestly I’m not sure how these diverse intentions should impact my rhetorical strategy. What I do know is that my intention is that this blog embody, inspire, and model a faithful discourse of inquiry. That’s the best way I presently know to sum it up.