Rational Faiths is conducting a survey of Mormon blog readers and podcast listeners to determine how various blogs are perceived.
- What are your favorite blogs and why? Do you like podcasts?
- What traits do you consider “faithful” or “antagonistic”?
- How does a blog’s perceived faithfulness impact your preferences?
- Does your interaction with the bloggernacle increase or decrease your own faith?
- Why do you come back to the blogs you frequent?
I hope their share their results, sounds interesting.
I mostly hang here and BCC (and follow Julie Smith at T&S) and listen to Maxwell Institute Podcast. Sometimes the Dialogue podcast. I’m in the FMH fb group. Everything else is randomly reading once in a while.
I like the bloggernacle, I need the extra engagement and encouragement to interact and think about the Gospel in a way that isn’t occurring through correlated programs.
You bet we will share the results Kristine A!
I have a few blogs that I read. Here and BCC are probably my most frequented. I also enjoy Zelophehad’s Daughters but I only lurk there, never comment. The survey didn’t include The Exponent, which is the other blog I frequent.
I like blogs that remain somewhat faithful, in the sense that they are not overly antagonistic or angry toward the church but that they allow critical thought about a range of issues (thanks Wheat and Tares for being awesome at that!) And that also allow a range of opinions in the comments so I can ponder both sides of an issue.
I also think the bloggernacle has changed my faith more than increased it or decreased it. I began reading in the bloggernacle when I started questioning whether I really wanted to raise my daughter in church that had so often made me feel that women were unimportant. There were also a number of points of doctrine and history matters that made no sense to me, but I had put them on the shelf. The bloggernacle really helped me to develop nuanced thinking and gave me ideas of how I could stay despite some negative things. On the other hand, it introduced me to problems I was entirely unaware of before I started reading. Overall I think it has been a positive part of my life. My husband may disagree with that though, but I do read to him all the rankings posts and BCC and he thinks those are quite amusing.