Sunday, 21 February 2010
Am I becoming a Grumpy old man?
Recently I have noticed that some of my blogs have been a bit opinionated: complaining about journalists, people who comment without information and those who want to change the CofE. What I am trying to figure out is whether this is a change in me, or a change in what I am prepared to express?
I saw a comment on a blog post which suggested that the author was a mild mannered Clark Kent in real life, but was a Superman complainer in the blogosphere. That perhaps doesn't apply to me as I blog under my own name and, as a priest, am a sort of public figure locally (this post on blogging by another priest also discusses this). So I am left with the question am I changing or is it an unleashing of something that has been suppressed? And my answer is that it is probably a bit of both! Certainly blogging is changing me, and stopping suppressing things is a change - though it wasn't what I meant. In the blogosphere you are addressing everyone at once and cannot adjust your message to fit the circumstances - something that has tempted me in the past - so you are left with either being honestly yourself, or creating an alter ego - but that way lies madness.
No Christian Aid update today - there is only one for the weekend and that is on yesterdays.