BCC has officially decided that permas will no longer post. Instead, you’ll be subjected to a constant stream of guest posts, such as this one from Theric.
I was on the AML blog last November declaring that
One of the reasons we want people’s real names for the bylines in Mormons & Monsters is because it’s time for us as artists to own up to our culture, our art, our heritage, our faith, our contradictions, our words, our selves.
Time to stop hiding.
The next comment accused me of hypocrisy, to which I could only think “What? What? What? DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM???”
I am Theric. I thought you knew that.
Now, I’m not a heavy commenter here at BCC because I hate joining already overlong conversations, but if you hangout in the Bloggernacle you may have noticed my Th. tag upon a comment here or there. But I’m not an anonymous person: I just play one on the Internet.
Clicking the link attached to Th. on any comment will take you here which has my name-name in its full legal glory. See, I’m not anonymousish because of some deep-seated dread over being recognized (though I suppose my faux anonymity is buffer enough should A Casual Enemy go looking for me) — in fact, I need to be Very Easy To Find in my other capacity as editor/author/professionalawesomaker. And as a loudmouthed evangelist for Mormon art, I stand by my thanonymous statement above: it’s time to own up to our culture, our art, our heritage, our faith, our contradictions, our words, our selves.
Which is the reason I’m going to pretend I was asked to guest here and not simply because John C. thinks Thumblr. is amusing.
See, when he first asked me to guestpost on BCC, he said, barring better ideas, even talking about how I feed Thumblr. could be sufficiently entertaining. Which was interesting. Because Thumblr. is the only online abode of mine followed by my wife. So clearly I’m finally doing something right. (John C. finds my captions religious. This terrifies me.)
My first (permanent) online home was Tehachapiltdown Man (now Thmazing’s Thutopia), founded back in 2005 when personal blogs were still getting started. Now they’re nearly dead. Unless you’re a Really Big Deal, comments strings don’t really get going so much on personal blogs anymore. The discussions happen on Facebook or Twitter or Buzz. They’re fragmented. They can’t overcome inertia.
While discussions on Facebook and Twitter build more speed and are more successful at gathering participants, I miss the days when your comments were waiting for me at my own doorstep.
And so, in this unfavorable environment to the lone blogger, we assemble on the bigger blogs (my usual home: A Motley Vision, not one of the bigger bigger-blogs, but bigger than Thutopia and, note the theme, focusing on Mormon arts) and there we can still have a contained experience where community exists.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Facebook and Twitter for what they are, but something like the comments on BCC are special.
So go ahead. Leave a comment. Celebrate yourself, o commenter. It is you who gives blogs meaning.
In my next post though, count on more with the Mormon arts.