Saturday, September 13, 2008

The End of Individual Blogs?

Note this observation posted on Christianity Today liveblog

September 11, 2008 12:47PM
Abandoning the Outpost
Joe Carter wonders about the future of standalone blogs.
Ted Olsen


A few days ago, I received a press release for
GodblogCon, the annual gathering of Christian bloggers. The September 20-21 meeting in Las Vegas (it is scheduled to coincide with the mainstream BlogWorld and the New Media Expo) will feature several prominent Christian bloggers, like Tall Skinny Kiwi’s Andrew Jones, La Shawn Barber, and ScrappleFace satirist Scott Ott.
But at the top of the list, the press release mentioned that a key speaker would be “Joe Carter, the Christian blogosphere’s very own Bono.” Carter, formerly of Family Research Council, World Magazine, The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, the Mike Huckabee campaign, The East Texas Tribune, and the U.S. Marine Corps, is perhaps best known as the creator of
EvangelicalOutpost.com.

The five-year-old site became one of the most prominent evangelical blogs and was in many ways was as influential on its own as several of the organizations on Carter’s resume. (Not too many Christian bloggers’ views on bioethics have been profiled by The Washington Post.)
But there’s a new wrinkle. Carter is no longer speaking at GodBlogCon, and is no longer blogging at EvangelicalOutpost.com.


And according to a farewell post on Evangelical Outpost, Carter wonders about the future of independent sites like his.
“The future of the new media, in my opinion, is moving away from personal sites toward online collectives that are focused on particular interests,” he wrote. “The political left has been doing this for years (see: DailyKos) but the other areas of the blogging community have been slow to follow this approach. … [T]he future of online activity will move to ‘planned communities’ rather than, for example, the ‘ghettos’ that Christian bloggers have been trying to break out of for years.”


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3 Comments:

Blogger Kansas Bob said...

Methinks Brother Carter doesn't understand that blogging is often more of a community of friends and not just an alternative outlet for frustrated journalists :)

11:45 PM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

Bob,

Thank you for that astute observation.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Blogpastor.net said...

I think Carter has something there. Like a shopping mall with a theme but within that theme may unique types and individual shops.

However there is always a place for a Jesus Creed even though Christianity Today. com attracts more visitors.

If more pastors blogged I would have liked to form a "mother of pastor's blogs" :)

6:28 PM  

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