pdf notes from workshop.
SOME QUERIES on social media and spiritual practice:
- What are the spiritual uses I regularly find for social media?
- Can blogging serve as ministry? Rise from worship?
- Does the Internet enter into my prayer life, and if so, how?
- Does my use of social media benefit my spiritual community/communites? If so, how?
- What are the dangers social media pose to faithfulness?
- How am I addictive in my own use of social media?
- Where do I need more accountability in my use of social media, and to which parts of my faith community/communities?
- When and how do I outrun my guide in blogging? And how does that feel different from being faithful when I write?
Beyond the addictive qualities of Facebook's Upworthy videos and Grumpy Cat memes, I'm aware of the ways my writing can be influenced by my creaturely hope of admiration.
I am aware of a temptation to write what may be reblogged rather than what is deeply true or important, and the temptation to be overly strategic in blogging--thinking of blogging frequency and length in terms of what will drive traffic rather than what is faithful--or, I wonder, is that OK on some level?
To what extent is being strategic around traffic or readership an interference with being spiritually present within the writing, and to what extent is it a different kind of faithfulness?
- John, a friend who is a therapist and UCC minister, ponders these queries.
"12 Pieces of Advice for Quakers on the Internet" from Jon Watts' blog.
- Jon Watts considers ways to make use of the Internet in ministry--and some of the pitfalls.
- Jon Watts reflects on his art (music) as ministry, and some of the potential pitfalls in that.
"Writing Out Loud: Blogging as Worship" from the Online Journal of Christian Communication and Culture.
- Reflections on blogging as an interactive diary, from humility rather than self-promotion.
"On Writing from a Spiritual Center" from Cat Chapin-Bishop at Quaker Pagan Reflections.
- My own reflections on my process when I write from a spiritual center.
"Screen Free Week: Reflections and Next Steps" from Joanna Hoyt at Living as if the Truth Were True.
- Quaker Joanna Hoyt on what an annual week without the Internet shows her about her use of it.
"Vi Hart's Guide to Comments" from Vi Hart's You Tube Channel.
- A humorous look to how we humans respond to online critics.
- Two perspectives on the Heathen/Pagan concept of Gastblogshaft, the mutual hospitality owed between a blogger and a blog's commenters.