My long-running blog over at http://quakerranter.org has been out of the loop for awhile. I don’t often have the time for long-form blogging. The style of classic blogging feels less immediate nowadays: Facebook, Google Plus, Tumblr, etc. are easier to post to and get more responses. The immediacy of the social networks provides mini ego boosts. The staff at the hospital where my daughter Laura was born last week invited me to bring my camera phone into the operating room to take pictures of the new one. The hospital had public wifi so it was just a click of a button to share it to Facebook. I was receiving my first rounds of aww’s and congratulations before my wife has even been stitched up.
But being an early blogger (starting nearly a decade before Facebook became an open network), I know that the most influential posts took months and even years to make a difference. It’s not very revolutionary to find out your friends are your friends, which is 90% of Facebook commentary. Personal change happena when you meet someone new; cultural change happens when you’re exposed to people whose ideas are new to you. On the internet that happens at two in the morning when you wonder whether anyone has made a connection between two ideas obsessing you – the unexpected results in a Google search can change how you understand the world. It can starts you down the path of a new self-identity. It doesn’t matter if the post is a couple of years old: what matters is that it’s speaking to the spiritual condition of that searcher.
I know this (and I’ve written about it before) but I still tend toward short social media posts. So I’m going to integrate my Google Plus account with my WordPress-powered blog at Quakerranter.org. I’m picking Google Plus because it’s where I’ve found myself writing the more thoughtful bits and pieces. A neat WordPress plug in called Google Plus Blog (link below) will help the integration.
The Google+ musings of Daniel Treadwell
Google+ Blog Concept — Daniel Treadwell. View your Google+ Posts in the form of a clean and simple blog. Also home of the Google+Blog WordPress plugin.