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.