On Bibliobloggers: An Observation

I don’t want to embarrass anyone by naming names (see, I can be nice) – but I’m sure I’m not the only one who has noticed that a number of our bible blogging brethren manage only to mention their own on and offline publications.

Let me give an example:  Dr. So and So of Some Northern-Climed Country publishes an article in the Journal of Whoopdie Doo.  Within 5 minutes not only has he mentioned it, but he’s written as many blogging buddies as he can manage telling them about it and asking them to mention it as well.

Yet if someone outside his own skin publishes something on or offline, it’s never mentioned nor even breathed in polite company (unless it’s a like minded soul).

Is it pure ego?  Pride?  Narcissism? Perhaps.  Or perhaps its a combination of all those things.  But what I find so fascinating is the ego-centrism of it all.  Especially in light of the fact that when biblioblogging began, bloggers saw themselves as members of a community and ‘when one rejoiced, they all rejoiced’ and ‘when one wept, they all wept’.  That sense of community has – for the most part – evaporated.

Certainly there are still bibliobloggers who interact with other bibliobloggers.  And when one achieves, all achieve.  But the majority are so ensconced in self-promotion that if anyone else accomplishes anything at all, nary a word of it is breathed for fear the spotlight might be found shining its light elsewhere.

Frankly, I’m glad when Professor McChewy publishes something.  I’m glad to know it and glad (sometimes) to read it.   But when Prof. McChewy only mentions himself and ignores anyone and everyone else who publishes something I find myself more than a little put off by him, and it.

In other words, blogging, when disconnected from community, is nothing more than self-aggrandizement.  It becomes nothing more than another tool for blowing one’s own horn.  If that toot is a sarcastic self-denigrating blast that’s one thing.  But if it’s just a ‘look at me (and for God’s sake don’t look at anyone else)’ exercise in self-absorption, it’s quite pointless.  In a word, it’s arrogance.  And arrogance is usually just a mask for ignorance.

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7 thoughts on “On Bibliobloggers: An Observation

  1. Biblenerd (Maire) 2 Oct 2010 at 4:37 pm

    So let me check-Bibliobloggers are meant to be nice to others and say nice things about other things that people in their field write.

    I’ve heard of far out ideas Jim but that one takes the cookie 🙂

    PS-Did you get the email on the new book I just got published? )


    • Jim 2 Oct 2010 at 4:41 pm

      i didnt but believe me maire if you did send me a note about something you published i’d be the first to mention it. and no, they don’t have to say nice things about other peoples books or articles, but they should at least be un-self absorbed enough to mention them. bloggers who only mention their own work have abandoned ‘biblioblogging’ and become silly self promoters only. might as well festoon their blogs with adverts for their own stuff and act like no one else has ever written anything (which is what they’re doing anyway)


  2. Biblenerd (Maire) 3 Oct 2010 at 7:56 am

    Just to be clear I have (as yet) not published anything-still a neophyte 🙂 I forget Americans don’t get sarcasm-my favourite form of wit 😉


    • Jim 3 Oct 2010 at 7:58 am

      oh i get sarcasm. believe me.


  3. Steven Demmler 3 Oct 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I don’t get sarcasm at all.


    • Jim 3 Oct 2010 at 8:42 pm

      it’s ok. you dont need to be troubled by it. you did a fine job and you were free to include or exclude anything you like. just like duane was when he hosted the carnival and just like every person who has before and since and always.

      duane would rather curse (the theological) than contribute.


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