Your guide for today will be…

I’ve considered starting what I like to call “a real, grown up blog” for a long time.  Years ago, when blogs were called by their ancient moniker “weblogs,” I was recruited into keeping one by another “user” that I suspect was actually some sort of bot that sent me spam to rope me in.  At the time—back at the turn of the millennium—most blogs were nothing more than online journals.  This was in the years before MySpace and, of course, Facebook, and we early bloggers were experimenting in what is now called social media, or, barely-censored-self-disclosure.

Blogging has come a long way since then and the best blogs available in the “blogosphere” are those that read almost like syndicated regular news columns.  These best-of-blogs are topical, well-written, and rarely merely recording the daily events and emotions of the writer.  The world now has Twitter and Facebook to cover the need to self-disclose regularly.  Our blogs, then, become the spaces in which we communicate our more organized, deeper thoughts, instead of records of what we’ve eaten, read, watched, or seen on our way home on the bus, although sometimes they might reflect on those things, too.

Choosing a topic for a blog is difficult for me.  I consider myself a collector of ideas.  I have an eclectic range of interests and I enjoy spending time making them fit together in my head.  The most important idea in my life is my belief in Jesus Christ.  Everything else I do or think is filtered through my relationship with Him.  So this blog will have a lot to do with Christianity and how Christians—or at least this Christian and her husband—interact with our culture.  I am also a feminist.  I like to own that term, and will probably spend some time in future-posts-coming-very-soon unpacking what it means for me.

I love the culture of geek that has sprung up on the internet over the past…well, more or less as long as there has been internet!   I am a “gamer” insofar as my favourite pastime is playing PC-based video games, especially Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG or MMO, and this is the last time you’ll ever see it written as anything but MMO), but I also love reading and watching science fiction and fantasy.  I think that qualifies me for at least some geek-cred, though as in all things there may be other boxes to tick depending on who’s doing the ticking.

Finally, I have always had a keen interest in current affairs and politics, with a deep streak of something resembling socialism that’s motivated by my true Liberal Bleeding Heart.  I hurt when I see others hurting, and because of the way my mind works, I tend to see the Big Picture ways in which our society is causing/exacerbating/ignoring those hurts.  All of these elements will no doubt come out in my writing, since I don’t think I have the energy to start and maintain multiple blogs, and, frankly, I like playing with the ways in which they all fit together.

I look forward to journeying with anyone and everyone who is interested in walking alongside me, virtually speaking, for a little while.

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