Blog author: jballor
by on Saturday, November 10, 2007

Day 2 marked the end of GodblogCon 2007. A highlight of the day was LaShawn Barber’s talk which provided both concrete advice for clear and concise writing, as well as testimony to how blogging can become a profession. The latter depends on the former, of course. She closed with the mandate: “Be bold, confident, and passionate.”

We concluded the day with a large roundtable discussion including the forty or so Godbloggers who persevered to the end. John Mark Reynolds facilitated a lively discussion about the promises, perils, and the future of blogging and new media. We closed the roundtable by going around and having each person make a bold statement or prediction. Mine was “Bloggers will soon be the new webmasters: everyone is going to need one on staff or have ready access to one’s expertise.”

Much like the practice of blogging itself, GodblogCon is a meeting, or fellowship, rather, that is still in its infancy. The conference went very smoothly and was excellently coordinated. But much like the new media itself, GodblogCon has a great deal of promise and potential. I hope that I personally and Acton as an institution can become more involved as the “Godblogosphere” continues to mature.

  • http://www.familylifeculturewatch.com Scott W

    It was great meeting you at GodBlogCon and spending time with you, Joe, and Matt after things wrapped up on Friday.

    I really appreciated the community that all of us at the conference were able to develop and hope we can continue to build our collective voice in the new media.

    I was the only one in our roundtable group not to have a bold prediction about the future of blogging and new media. Now I’m ready to go on the record. “I believe everyone has a bold prediction, but that we will all be surprised at what will have emerged that we didn’t even see.”

    I’m excited to think of what might develop over the next 10 years among thinking Christians in new media, whether it will be from one strong voice or many smaller ones. I look forward to keeping up with your blog over the coming months, and to seeing you again at GodBlogCon next year.