Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blog birthday celebration: nine years old! And some blogging advice.

So I thought I'd post a couple of icons to aid your mediations (now stop saying I don't take religion seriously)

photo 1

photo 2

In other news, some advice on blogging, in light of my nine years experience:

1. Stop taking yourself so seriously and have fun! Normal people (i.e. non-sycophants) don't like a scholar's blog, however famous a scholar he or she is, when all they do is trumpet their own scholarship and sound aloof. Instead of R rating, or 18, there should be an Arrogance-o-meter warning for some blogs, to alert the unsuspecting.
2. Blogs are not usually the place for long essays. Keep in punchy.
3. Can't do scholarship on blogs? Depends on what you mean by scholarship, but you can certainly do some real thinking and engage in extremely helpful peer feedback. Blog your thoughts and allow yourself to be vulnerable.
4. Don't be afraid of offending people who get offended on behalf of others. They would have us all locked up in a politically correct prison.
5. Expect lunatics, hobby horse merchants and "I know-I'm-right-so-I'm-parachuting-in-here-to-clear-up-your-ideological-nonsense" type people to comment and try not to get too pissed off by their arrogance. Count to 10 and kick a squirrel, you'll feel better, I promise.
6. Add funny pictures of cats cos that's why many of us surf the internet at all.
7. If you're going to review a book, and here I must speak to myself, make sure it is fair and not shit. More people tend to read blog reviews than they do journal reviews (not that they are much better), so make sure it respects a scholar’s efforts. I think of one review, recently, on First Things which needed a kick up the arse.

I’m sure there is more to say, but I’m already running low on sleep-deprived energy (with thanks to my new adorable son of mine!)


At 7/30/2014 2:52 PM, Blogger Robert Cornwall said...

Congratulations from one blogger to another. And good advice by the way, except the cat pictures things. Perhaps dog pictures!

At 7/31/2014 3:03 AM, Blogger Richard Fellows said...

The problem is that biblical studies seems to have more than its fair share of sycophants. I don't know why. Luke Timothy Johnson described (almost with approval) the world of academic biblical studies as a Greco-Roman patronage system. Perhaps that's why. And LTJ must be right because he's soooo smart, distinguished, accomplished....

Hurtado is wrong about the impossibility of publishing scholarship on a blog. A blog has no length limit. Only copyright law prevents him or someone else from publishing all of his scholarship on a blog.

At 7/31/2014 6:05 PM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Thanks, guys! And yes, Richard, I hear your point!

At 8/07/2014 11:59 AM, Anonymous Jason Goroncy said...

9 years! That's a lot of waffle. I was with you until you mentioned 'funny pictures of cats'.

Trust you're well, mate; and I hope you keep blogging. I enjoy the mix.

At 8/09/2014 12:09 PM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Ha! Thanks, Jason!


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