I just started a little blog for the people in my Sunday School – it’s not fancy but it’s a place to continue Sunday’s discussions, finish pieces of the lesson left unfinished, and to form a transition of sorts from week to week. The scope of this site is pretty modest, and I think classes (whether RS, priesthood or SS) lend themselves to this type of blogging, but I wonder what other callings would benefit from a blog/online journal/discussion group. I could see a YW or YM site that works well with an activities calendar or that has a number of links for resources, but at the same time I would think that blogging about the actual YM/YW lessons from week to week would be a disaster (putting myself in the shoes of a deacon or teacher, I’d never want to contribute to a blog like that).
Similarly, people with lots of responsibilities or who have access to personal information about ward members (such as RS President or Bishop) would need to be very circumspect about any of their blogging — not just for fear of sharing inappropriate details, but also because of the risk that their personal views may be taken the wrong way or have unintended consequences. From that idea I springboarded into the bigger thought questions of why there are no blogs by General Authorities and whether that is a situation that will change. Personally, I think there are no blogs by G.A.s largely out of demographic inevitability than any actual decision not to participate in online discussions; that said, even those General Authorities who are interested in blogging or otherwise diving into cyberspace would be wise to do so slowly, carefully and (at least initially) under very controlled circumstances. To a certain extent, the expansion of the LDS Newsroom (most notably with the participation of Elders Oaks, Ballard, Wickman and others) could be seen as such toe-dipping.
To those General Authorities reading BCC: let me extend to you a formal invitation to participate at any time in any way you see fit. There is room on our permablogger roster for any of you. Mi blog es su blog.