Saturday, February 21, 2009

Blogging in Lent

This was rather thought provoking. A tip of the biretta to David for his.

I'll be posting a Lent Challenge on Ash Wednesday, but I wondered what the season of abstinence, preparation and self-examination might look like for bloggers. In no particular order:
1. Don't blog at all.
2. Repost only articles where you've been proven wrong
3. Let your words be few: keep blogging to a maximum word count. That'll be Twitter then.
4. Blog something completely different at least once a week. So if you're in the habit of critiquing other people, post a 100% appreciation of someone you admire.
5. Don't criticise anyone except yourself.
6. If you have nothing really to say, say so, or even better, don't.
7. Just post pictures.
8. Find a spiritual classic to read during Lent, and blog one simple quote a day from it.
9. Don't do any Google searches, to limit the carbon impact of your internet use.
10. Use your blog to thank one person a day through Lent.
11. Give up doing lists of 10.

this is just off the top of my head, feel free to add your own in the comments.

I remember reading a while ago that, if you're thinking of giving something up for Lent, to try to identify something which has a hold of you, which has become 'compulsive'. Do you feel pulled towards it, or are you free to do without it? I must admit that blogging has become a bit compulsive for me of late, and I'm tempted (perhaps 'tempted' is the wrong word!) to go for no. 1, even though I'll find it very difficult.


Kirkepiscatoid said...

I think the problem with #1, as opposed to giving up something for yourself (in my case, hot sauce) is your loyal readers who also have to "give up."

I try to give up one thing and add one thing during Lent. One's blog, I think, it the perfect medium for "adding."

My Lenten project this year (that my priest and I agreed upon) is I am going to take the Great Litany on p. 148 of the BCP apart into little bits for Lent. I am planning to use my blog for my daily reflection!

Robert said...

I will really look forward to reading your reflections Kirk.

Doorman-Priest said...

I'm just going to not read yours.

Robert said...

LOL. that made my day Doorman!

dmk said...

Kirkepiscatoid: I'm hoping that giving up will save my 15 or so loyal readers a few minutes a day, and with roughly 800 posts already on the blog, it's not as if they'll be short of my burblings if they get withdrawal symptoms!

Robert said...

15 loyal readers dmk! I'm jealous!

Kirkepiscatoid said...

Ah, but they might, DMK, and perhaps the good thing is in your giving it up, you might find how much you are loved! I can see it both ways, actually!