The Value of Like-Mindedness in Blogging
Last night, after a fabulous AZsnacker at Mraynes’ house, with the pleasant company of ZD’s Ziff, I explained to my husband how happy I am to find like-minded individuals through blogging. Although he loves our friends, he disagreed with my comment, saying like-mindedness if often negative and encourages group-think. We went back and forth, me citing the Civil Rights movement and him citing the Nazis. In the end, I think there are benefits and drawbacks to any like-minded group, be they Mormon Bloggers, or Jimmy Buffet fans.
Admittedly, Mormon bloggers aren’t all like-minded, and that is what makes blogging fun. But, I tend to frequent blogs where I am most comfortable, and avoid blogs or posts that have a different take on life (say conservative, for example). In Poli Sci, I think these are called reinforcing cleavages, or echo chambers, or maybe both. But, of course the bloggernacle is full of diversity of thought, if you choose to see it.
For me, blogging balances the like-mindedness I find all around me, especially at church. So I don’t feel like indulging the regular Relief Society posts or answers because I can get that every Sunday. Blogging is the place where people speak my language, and I don’t have to fake my way through a conversation.
But, perhaps blogging has also warped my view of what is normal. Sometimes I begin conversations with, “Did you see that post on BCC?” and I talk about feminism as though everyone sees the virtues in it like I do. I guess I’m just hoping to bring my friends and family along with me into blogging paradise (or psychosis, whatever).
It’s working, too. I have a few close friends who were surprised that I didn’t invite them to the bloggersnacker. “Really? I didn’t know you wanted to go.” But, of course they do, because bloggers are so freaking cool. And, everyone wants to find someone who is honest about life and the church.
That’s what bloggers do best.
I’ll take that kind of like-mindedness anyday.