Blogs can tend towards narcisism, since at their core, most bloggers write with the idea that there will be readers of the thing, i.e. they believe that their writing is worth reading. To avoid the tendency towards narcisism, and to keep things in line with the intent of at least Philippians 4:8 and Ephesians 4:15, but more generally the behavior guidelines specified by the entirety of the scriptures, I’ve decided to come up with a purpose statement for the blog as well as a set of rules for myself as to what I will strive to do and not do.
In my over four decades of life, as well as twenty years or so professional experience, I have learned a few things, and I often forget that not everybody knows what I’ve learned (duh). Thus, in a spirit of wisdom, I will endeavor to spread the things that I think might be useful for others to know. Not so that I can gain “imaginary internet points,” or gain a blog following so much as to provide things that I wish I didn’t have to learn the hard way, and so can ease the lives of others. That is not to say that those things do not indicate at least the wisdom transfer side of things is working properly, or that I’m at least good at writing link titles on Reddit or Hacker News.
Ultimately, the purpose of the blog is to glorify our creator, God of the Christian bible. I will inevitably fail at this, as all attempts of a fallen man will be, but this is what I will strive for in my writings. Failing that, I will at least strive to not bring shame upon His name for what I write.
This is not to say that every post will invoke His name, or even be concerning religion, as my previous posts already would have violated that rule. Besides which, there are people who write and speak on spiritual things far better than I (Ravi Zacharias, John McArthur, just to name a few). That said, I may write about spiritual things as it suits me, as I have preached more than a few times, of which three are recorded. So don’t be surprised if it comes up, and don’t be surprised when references to my faith show up here and there in posts, as it is part of my life, and it’d be weird if it didn’t show through here and there. But currently, I don’t see writing about spiritual things as a focus on this blog. But who knows how the future will turn out?