Five blogger’s resolutions

I suck at New Year’s resolutions so usually I don’t even try. But my buddy Zach Hoag wrote something about the level of nastiness in the progressive Christian blogosphere that has made me reflect on how I can contribute to making a better online conversation. So here are five things I wanted to challenge myself to do and any other bloggers as well.

1) I will not be a platform slave
Nothing is more despicable to me about myself than my constant obsession with building my platform. Platform-building is an unfortunate necessity in the writing world today since publishers won’t read your manuscript unless you hit a certain quota of twitter followers and page views. But it doesn’t have to be my obsession.

2) I will not write mean things about Mark Driscoll or other Calvinist celebrities to get hits
It makes me feel dirty every time I do it. So I’m going to stop doing it. I’ve actually been planning for quite some time to blog through a reading of Driscoll’s Doctrine book to try to figure out what our actual points of agreement and disagreement are. Thoughtful critique is different than capitalizing on outrage.

3) I will try to read and comment on 5 other people’s blog posts for every one that I write
I’m embarrassed to admit that for all the blogging I do, I really don’t read much of what other people write. Nothing is more discouraging than writing a post that nobody comments on. So I’m going to try to be the encouragement I would like to have myself.

4) I will stop being a meme-whore and write from my journey instead
In my first year of blogging, I mostly wrote from my journey. The kind of engagement I got from people was very rich though my numbers were small. I miss the people who used to comment before I started chasing the memes. So I want to get back to this being testimony from a journey rather than commentary on the latest tasty drama.

5) I will respond to others with love no matter what
This is the most important one. I have sucked at loving my adversaries even though I know very well that sarcasm and anger will never change anyone’s heart. It’s more important for me to be a voice of grace than to make sure I get the last word in every argument.

  • Susan Irene Fox

    Good for you. “For they will know you are my disciples by your love for one another.” We need all the love and encouragement we can get. Bless you, and may your year be filled with encouragement and light.

    • MorganGuyton

      Thanks for the encouragement.

  • Lianne Simon

    There are some things about which you’re clearly passionate. Be a meme-hound for those. Find the conversations and participate. Spend your comment time on blogs that share, not your doctrine, but your love of peace and mercy. As you proposed, blog about matters of the heart.

    I’ve unfriended/unfollowed/unsubscribed a number of Christian bloggers this year due to the level of vitriol and the absence of compassion. There is always room for improvement, but I haven’t noticed anything disagreeable in your writing.

    Humility and a contrite spirit–gotta love that from a blogger. :)

    • MorganGuyton

      Good advice. I’ve really been blessed by getting to know you. Look forward to our continued conversation.

  • marciglass

    These are good ideas for all of us. Happy New Year!

  • Jacob Lupfer

    These are really great commitments. I’m new to blogging and was so frustrated to have only a handful of people read posts I thought deeply about, but thousands view one I wrote in anger over the Duck Dynasty thing. This gave me a lot to think about. Thanks.

    • maguyton@gmail.com

      It’s so tempting to be a meme whore. Everybody falls into that trap from time to time. I’ll try to check out your stuff more regularly. Please tweet to me if you’ve got something you’d like me to check out.

  • http://zhoag.com/ zhoag

    Thanks for this, bro. I am really inspired to follow your lead here.

  • http://www.salvagedfaith.com/ Katie Z. Dawson

    The resolution about making an intentional effort to engage with other bloggers is one I feel called to take up this year, too! The call to write from our heart and not just to poke the trolls is really important, also.

    • MorganGuyton

      Indeed!

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