Tuesday, February 15, 2011

40DLD-30/LAFB#8: Blogs and Community

I really wish there was a Christian version of Cracked.  Not only is it funny and sarcastic, but I also learn stuff whenever I read it.  How do I know it's legit?  They cite their sources.  It's like graduate-level bathroom reading.  And then, after I'm done with one article, I click on each of the links at the bottom and read the article on that link, then click the links at the end of each of those pages....you get the idea.  That's how I spent the latter half of my Medievalism class.  That's right, I'm paying all of this money so I can sit in class and read about the seven things Hollywood does to make every single movie of a certain genre look alike. 

The downside to Cracked is the vulgarity.  Not only is profanity being used, but there tends to be a lot of sex talk as well.  Sometimes you'll get an article without it, and it's amazing; other times, you have to wade through it.  Eventually, I just got tired - especially when it started seeping into my psyche.  You are what you consume, and even though I was trying to consume just the funny parts, the rest of it got in with it.  For the same reason, I no longer look at ebaumsworld or any of the more adult-ish sites on the Cheezburger network. 

But ever since I discovered Cracked, I was hoping for a Christian site - not necessarily overtly Christian, just clean, equally funny, and occasionally spiritual.  Hence why I love Stuff Christians Like.  Sadly, Jon Acuff only updates once a day, and I can read his stuff fairly quickly.  Recently, Acuff led me to Bryan Allain, who led me to Sharideth Smith, who led me to Tyler Tarver and What the Jazz?, which all opened new doors.  It seems Tarver & Smith share lots of readers, who also read SCL. 

The biggest hindrance to a lot of people leaving FaceBook is finding another place where all their friends will be.  Others won't leave without an online community.  Speaking from my experience on both LiveJournal and Xanga, the communities I felt like I had joined eventually dried up, and I was the last one to leave the party.  When I gave up on Xanga, I just blogged on FaceBook notes (unless, of course, I could fit what I had to say in a status update), so I was fairly convinced that blogging would die out.  Only after I had left FaceBook did I discover that blogs are alive and well, and now it doesn't even matter if you're in the same blogging community anymore.  I can set up my Blogger account to show me stuff from any website that has an RSS feed, which is most of them out there.  I remember LiveJournal doing that a long time ago, but I neither knew what it was nor cared, because when it came time to dump LJ i just moved to Xanga. 

So now that I've left FaceBook, I've come full circle and found a group of people who have created sort of an ad-hoc community in the blogosphere.  Now, if only I could get all of these people to write their awesome stuff on one site...

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