A couple months ago I was reading through Doug Estes’ book SimChurch when I came across something that really made me stop to think. Estes wrote about how difficult it is to learn about our grandparents and great grandparents in contrast with how much easier it will be for our grandchildren and great grandchildren to learn about us. Why? Well, we have left digital footprints all over the place. If we assume things like our comments on various websites, social media outlets, and even our own blogs will be accessible to the digital historian we can rightly assumed so much more information will be available about our lives than those of our forefathers.
This has caused me to think about blogging differently. It is essentially the tracing of my own history of thought. If this data were to be made available to my descendents they could discover much about my views on God, the church, and even current events. It is like a journal in that sense with much more content (since it is easier to type a lot that to write a lot).
Already I can go back to as early as 2005, when I was twenty-two, twenty-three years of age, to read about my interest in something called “the emerging church”, my discovery of a biblical scholar named N.T. Wright, the formation of my thoughts while living in uber liberal San Francisco, my attempts to wrestle dozens of important theological subjects, and so forth. At the moment I really think I have some things figured out, I think some subjects are confusing or disinteresting, and I have a general idea of where the future may lead. It will be interesting to see in 2015 (assuming “blogging” is still a reality) how much has changed.
So this is another reason why I blog–I am creating a digital history of the progress of my life and thought. It is something upon which I can reflect and my descendents can read, reconnecting with me over years gone by whether I am bodily present or not.