Who/What Is A Biblioblogger?
Let me make a big disclaimer right up front: I would like to have a conversation not an argument. I will raise some thoughts but I certainly do not consider them prescriptive for anyone else. However, I am very interested in your thoughts on the subject.
The recent Biblioblog Top 10 by Daniel McClellan raised a question for me: What exactly is a biblioblogger? This month the number 10 position is held by Rachel Held Evans who, from the evidence at her site, is a much, much better person than me, and a fantastic writer as well. So this is not meant in any way to slight or discredit the great work that she does, but… is she really a ‘biblioblogger’?
Now, I’m of the opinion that there are so few bibliobloggers, and we often write about subjects that are interesting to a very limited demographic, that we need to be as encompassing as possible. But is anyone that writes about theology or the Bible a ‘biblioblogger’? Answers in Genesis consistently publishes online aticles about Genesis. Are they bibliobloggers?
Of course, there have to be some things we agree on that cannot be used to exclude someone from the community: race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, income, or confessional stance can never be used to exclude a person. Also, I don’t think it’s necessary to have every single post be a ‘biblical studies’ piece following the rules of the academy. Heck, half the reason I started my blog was to write the things that pop in my head while studying that I could never submit in an actual academic research paper. I like the personality that blogs enable other bibliobloggers to express. I like the humanizing aspect when we learn about other bibliobloggers personal triumphs and tragedies.
But is anyone that writes about theology or the Bible a ‘biblioblogger’?
So what makes a biblioblogger? Familiarity with, and ability to use the skill sets of higher criticism? The ability to approach a text historically rather than theologically? Some facility in the ancient languages? At least one article on your site which can be considered ‘biblical studies’.
It’s OK to have a theology blog. It’s OK to have a science blog. It’s OK to have your site not labeled “Biblical Studies”, in fact, you will probably get more visitors!
So: when does someone cross the line from blogger or theologian to ‘biblioblogger‘ (echo, echo, echo)?
Is there a difference between a theoblog and a biblioblog?