Great article, I am especially impressed with the idea that these men, though
serving or having served as Bishops, overcome any fear of honest vulnerability
displayed for everyone to see...perhaps the greatest deterrent to good is the
whispering that we must keep things secret and in the dark. Pride takes a hit
when men such as these open up to share what they have suffered, and the answers
they have found to some of life's vexing problems. I need to take up
blogging...too many negative voices in our society, its time the life-affirming
and positive take center stage!
I'm an older person and I don't get blogs. I know what they are, but
why would strangers read a blog I wrote? Who would really read it? Non-members aren't surfing the web looking for missionary blogs to read,
I assume. How do they find my blog?Also, one article after another,
page after page - it's always hard to find anything on a blog. Do any blogs
have indexes or tables of contents?I would appreciate enlightenment,
especially on how this really works as a missionary tool.
Tesuji:Great questions, all of them. Actually, I'm a bit
surprised at how many people who are not of my faith are reading my blog.
I'm not exactly sure why! :) But I get messages from people here and there
who are not LDS but who seem to appreciate a few of the thoughts I've
shared.You're actually able to "search" most blogs
using the search box. Also, most blog posts are "tagged" with certain
subjects so they're a bit organized. Most people who I don't know find
my blog when they search for certain terms in Google and they're directed
to my blog because of how I've tagged my posts. Meaning, if someone looks
up "Jeffrey R. Holland" and "depression", they're probably
going to find my blog. There have actually been a few non-LDS people who heard
through their friends about Elder Holland's recent conference talk, Googled
it, and then wound up on my blog. Kind of neat.Great questions!
MickelsonBJ,Thanks for the info. I wasn't criticizing your blog at
all, in case that wasn't already clear.
MickelsonBJ:I enjoyed reading this article to find that you
experienced anxiety while serving as bishop, and dealt with it. I, too,
struggled with anxiety while serving as bishop (I still do), and have met it
head-on. Though still is an obstacle in my life, it's an obstacle I
consider a blessing in many ways. Drives me to my knees often, helps me to
recognize weakness, and I've been able to talk with many who likewise
struggle and help them. One tool that has helped me tremendously is the work of
Dr. Abraham V. Low: Recovery, International. Perhaps it will help you or your
readers should anxiety still be an issue. Thank you.
I've thought about creating a blog, but I find myself much more
'qualified' to act as a 'Johnny Appleseed'. I do a lot of
facebooking and I have found several opportunities to share, almost daily,
experiences and references with others who post something online. I have born my
testimony online several times and even in bits and pieces I get responses from
other who have questions which I gladly respond to as best as I am able.
Sometimes that is just a line or two and sometimes it is several paragraphs. I
think blogs are great, sort of like a journal, but if you don't know where
to look, how are you going to find them?
@JoeCougThank you for the kind words. I especially appreciate your
reference to Dr. Low. Very thoughtful!Brian
@CDCilley,Love the idea of being a "Johnny Appleseed"! What
a great way to think about it. Great idea!People usually find my
blog through google searches. They search a particular word and somehow found
their way to my blog because of the way I tag the posts. I try to tag the posts
in a way that is consistent with the post so that I'm not
"tricking" people into reading my stuff. Hopefully, people are finding
the blog when they're really searching for something related to what
I've written. Great thoughts! Thanks,Brian
@tesujiDon't worry, I could tell your post was well-intended.
You had great questions! :)Brian
In my experience the internet hasn't been particularly useful for
missionary work. It only tends to attract hateful anti-Mormon bigots and
egotistical Latter-Day Saints who want to argue their own doctrine over that of
the Lord. But I do it anyway, because reasons.