I’ve muttered on at length about the Generous Web in posts past. Of late, I’m reading less that qualifies as generous…and also seem to be writing less than what seems to be generous. (If you want to read the icon for the Generous Web, read Kathy Sierra. Or read the non-blogger but very generous, Roy Williams.)
Many of us have become more adept at making pronouncements about others – where they are right and where they are wrong – and not particularly great when it comes to being generous.
On Thursday, I will teach a Masters level class about social media – with a primary focus this week (I’m doing it over two weeks) on blogging. My problem is that I’m not feeling all that pro-blogging at this point in time. (Hopefully it will pass.) I’m reevaluating my own blog and my contributions to the Generous Web and wondering how I’m going to get this blog back on track.
I believe that blogging has more than proven its ability to effect change. What it has also proven is it is a “great” place for folk to take out their frustrations on the rest of the world. I need to read fewer of those folk…and write fewer of those posts.
In the true sense of the phrase, God Help Me!
UPDATE: Let me point to one of the more generous folk in the missional conversation, Jamie Arpin-Ricci, as one who I would do well to emulate. Jamie’s new series, Pattern of Missionality, is worth reading. (And if you aren’t already, read the Tuesday’s with Harry series at Jamie’s blog. Today’s brought tears to my eyes.) I find it rather interesting that some of my favourite bloggers are Winnipeg based, or spent significant time there.