The Death of Biblioblogdom

When biblical blogging began, it was a loose confederation of bloggers discussing the bible and related things.  And then it exploded, both numerically and in terms of interested bystanders.  As a consequence, a lot of people started to blog and even if they only did so rarely (or just once in some cases) they changed the landscape of biblioblogging irreversibly.

How?  By changing its character and nature.  What was once a focused discussion among colleagues became a diffuse collection of hangers-on who had no true life interest in the bible or in its promulgation among the public.  Instead, they saw blogging as a means to an end.  Whether that end were self promotion or publicity or whatever the consequences of this have resulted only in the fragmentation and dissolution of the community of bloggers.

The high water mark was achieved when blogging first had a session as a subset of the computer aided research section of the SBL which met in Philadelphia many years back.  Then, blogging sought, and achieved, its very own section.  But that same interest and activity was the death knell of the community.  It became so large as to fall over, Eli like, on its chair and broke its neck.

Today there are bibliobloggers by the hundreds.  And hundreds.  Very few widely known and even fewer substantive.  Which is fine, quite frankly.  People always have been and always should be free not only to blog (0r not) as they wish but to denominate themselves whatever sort of blogger they wish.  Or to avoid denominationalism altogether.  I have no quarrel with that or them.  And I have no regrets nor sorrows at the demise of what was once a close knit community of like-minded (if not always in agreement) proponents of biblical literacy for the wider public.  Everything dies.

Biblioblogdom is now different than it used to be.  Instead of a community it is now simply a label.  In many cases a self-applied one without either understanding of the original purposes and goals of the project or any interest in furthering those purposes.

Biblioblogdom is dead.  Long live biblioblogs.

5 thoughts on “The Death of Biblioblogdom

  1. Tim Bulkeley 22 Sep 2014 at 8:16 pm

    “Everything dies” – true, but can (should even?) we not mourn our loss?

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    • Jim 22 Sep 2014 at 8:24 pm

      sure. sometimes.

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  2. Joseph 23 Sep 2014 at 2:25 am

    There will be a new community. Hopefully, it will include more Catholics, progressive and traditional.

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    • Jim 23 Sep 2014 at 5:01 am

      Biblioblogdom’s original configuration had those in spades

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  3. Tim Bulkeley 23 Sep 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Though most left their clubs behind…

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