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Godinterest.org March 14
Godinterest.org has given occasion to a whole new set of conversations about religion in public life. Godinterest.org represents a tremendous opportunity for publication, discussion, cross-fertilization, and critique of a kind never seen before. In principle, at least, the Internet offers an opportunity to break down old barriers and engender new communities.
The purpose at hand is to foster a more self-reflective, collaborative, and mutually-aware religion blogosphere.
Why bother with blogs?
The growing influence of blogs has been indisputable. The mainstream press is looking more like the blogosphere. Old-guard newspapers and magazines now host blogs by reporters and columnists on their websites. Because of their ease of publication and use, blogs have changed the shape of public discourse in society as a whole and around religious questions in particular. A Godinterest Blog is a powerful and flexible medium, one uniquely suited to providing the space for vibrant, diverse, and productive discussions about religion.
“Academics, especially in the arts and humanities, have taken to blogs like ducks to water.”
– Craig Saper, Blogademia
Creating a community, making an impact
Savvy Godinterest bloggers have available to them the means to develop a quite sophisticated picture of their readership. Plugins like Google Analytics allow one to know with high precision (and reasonable accuracy) who is visiting one’s website and what they are doing there.
Most religion bloggers feel they have a sense of who their readers are. Usually, it tends to be a group that shares the same interests and views.
So what is missing, perhaps the following?
“High quality academic writing from known experts in the field is still missing.” (Robert P. Jones)
- “It is a shame that Christianity Today’s daily round-up of news links [by Ted Olsen] has stopped running.” (Richard Bartholomew)