To me, ldsblogs.org is the bloggernacle. When I have a spare minute, I usually head over there to see what’s new at FPR, FMH, Keepa, The Exponent, or any of my other favorite Mormon blog spots. I know a lot of your names, and though I haven’t met any of my fellow bloggernaclers in person, I feel comfortable here with you.
It’s that comfortableness that got me thinking about how the bloggernacle has grown and developed, and what it’s future trajectory is. I’m comfortable here because I know the people here, and whenever I get comfortable I have to ask, “Is growth still happening?”
As far as I can tell, the bloggernacle serves five great purposes:
- Social connections for church members who don’t feel connected to the members in their own branch or ward (and even for the members who do feel connected locally).
- Amazing articles that offer quality insights on interesting gospel topics that aren’t often discussed in church.
- A place where alternative-yet-faithful voices in the church can express themselves in a safe and supportive environment.
- Shared trials, where church members going through hard times can help and be helped by others with similar experiences.
- Laughs :)
So how are we doing? Are we still seeing new names and faces here? Or have we matured as a community, with the next generation of Mormon bloggers moving elsewhere to start their own bloggernacle? What keeps you coming, and, incidentally, how do you keep up on your favorite bloggernacle sites? Do you just visit ldsblogs.org like I do, or are there other “front doors” out there that I don’t know about?