Why I Blog

By | April 16, 2008

David Ker (the artist formerly known as Lingamish) has tagged me with a meme asking why I blog.

The simple answer is that I don’t know. I started off keeping a website as a way to keep in contact with the people who pray for us and support us financially. The name Kouya Chronicle was the name we first gave to our paper newsletters back in the 1980s when we started as translators for the Kouya language in Ivory Coast – and it stuck. The first online version of Kouya Chronicle was basically a photo gallery with an archive of our newsletters. After a while, we added some blog functionality and over a period of time the traditional website vanished and all that was left was the blog – like the smile on a Cheshire cat.

The main reason for the blog is still to stay in contact with those who pray for us, and the sign up list on the right is one of the main reasons we keep it. However, I also enjoy taking the time to write on a variety of subjects and to draw people’s attention to things or books, which they might not otherwise have seen.

However, I suspect the real reason that I blog is that I’m stubborn! Judging by most criteria <self pity> this blog is a bit of a failure. I can’t remember when anyone last signed up to receive our prayer news and while Lingamish boasts of four comments on every blog post, I don’t even get one comment for every four posts. I’ve written some stuff here of which I’m proud (and a lot of which is inconsequential) and which I think is important in some of the debates about translation and mission but they’ve not attracted much attention.</self pity>

On reflection, I think that this blog suffers from a couple of faults:

  • I just don’t have time to write original and well thought through stuff often enough. Much of what I write is just reviews and pointers to more original thinkers.
  • My interests are too broad. I write stuff about the church in the UK, mission, Bible translation, Biblical studies, politics… but I don’t write enough about any one of them to make it worth following the blog for that alone. Unless you happen to share my rather strange set of interests this blog is hardly likely to be a ‘must read’.

That being said, I think that Kouya Chronicle does serve a purpose. This week, Phil a blogger from the UK will be inteviewing an Australian blogger Hamo for a podcast on Christian leadership. I know that it was links on this blog that first drew Phil’s attention to Hamo and what he is doing. Also, the international director of one of the largest Christian missionary organisations told his staff to read Kouya Chronicle because it was a good place to expand their thinking – it was a nice plug, but there is little evidence that they took him up on it!

Why do I blog? ‘Cause I enjoy it and if anyone reads stuff I write and benefits or is caused to think for a while, then all the better. In the spirit of the original meme, I tag Paul Merrill, Rob Baker, Jessica Lebold and David Gray

This post is more than a year old. It is quite possible that any links to other websites, pictures or media content will no longer be valid. Things change on the web and it is impossible for us to keep up to date with everything.

11 thoughts on “Why I Blog

  1. Steve

    Eddie, appreciate your candor in describing why you blog. I started a blog, but never came up with a topic to write about, so it sits with no blogs and no comments!

    If I took the time to write one hour a day as Lingamish does maybe it would develop into something. I am interested in all things Christian as well as most other topics so I read many blogs on various topics.

    Currently we are studying a book , The Outward Bound” by Vernard Eller that describes two types of churchs,” the commissary “and “the caravan”. It is a very interesting study on the structure of the local church.

    Also, I just started reading the Holman Bible and find it quite appealing.

    Any way, I read Lingamish daily as I am a supporter of him and Bible translation, and he is my son!! You translators are great.

  2. David Ker

    Whoa, my Dad commenting on Eddie’s blog. This is tripping me out.

    And in my crowing on my blog I failed to mention that half the comments are my own…

    I’m glad you continue to blog despite now being one of the 10 most powerful men in the universe.

    More rants please!

  3. Peter Kirk

    Eddie, I guess none of us “have time to write original and well thought through stuff often enough”. So most of us write unoriginal or badly thought out stuff most of the time. You don’t, which is one of the best things about your blog. Keep up the good work!

  4. paul merrill

    Oops – I put “self pity” in open & close brackets, in the middle of “need for … the Eddie” – and the comment engine converted it to nothing – which greatly changed my meaning!

    There IS a need for Eddie!!

  5. Eddie Post author

    Nice to have you comment here Steve, especially as it gave David a shock!

    Thanks for the kind comments folks, it is good to get feedback.

  6. Tany

    Hey eddie,

    I don’t comment much cause I see you most sundays and its far better to debate/discuss/rant face to face lol!! But now your set to desert us!!! I’m going to have to sign up to your news letter & comment on your blog more regularly! Would be failing in my loyal task of pestering you 🙂 blame Brian he set me on you all those years back!

    T x

  7. Eddie Post author

    Always happy to be pestered! Did we tell you there is an amazing Indian restaurant near where we are moving to?

  8. Phil

    I’m with Tany.

    See you at the Indian. Should be able to squeeze it in after the rugby.

    Oh, and the interview with Hamo went well. Obviously I got more out of the conversations when the recorder was turned off, but that was to be expected.

    Thanks for putting me onto him.

    See you soon my friend.

  9. Paul Morriss

    I disagree with your opinion on your blog’s faults. I think you have a reasonable level of original thought. And I think being too broad is not a fault. It reflects your interests. If you write enough about some of them then people will subscribe to hear about those things and skip the bits that don’t interest them. Personally I skip the things to do with football.

    As for the debate on Bible Translation and mission, I think the lack of comments shows that people aren’t thinking about it enough, not that your blog is failing in some way. I think to overcome that some more networking needs to happen by people like us involved in it.

    Which is the amazing Indian you’re referring to? I’ve sampled a few in this area.

  10. Julia Pike

    Hi Eddie,

    You can’t make an argument from silence (as in):
    “I’ve written some stuff here of which I’m proud (and a lot of which is inconsequential) and which I think is important in some of the debates about translation and mission but they’ve not attracted much attention”
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who sits quietly in the background and enjoys your eclectic mix of deep and diversionary!
    Enjoy your meetings – I’m glad you and Sue got some chill-out time ahead of them.
    Julia

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