My apologies for the lack of activity around here over the last few days but I've been spring cleaning the blog (I am an orthodox believer so it is still Spring up to the Summer solstice). I am pathetically male when it comes to doing more than one thing at once. It's possible for me at a push to multitask but I much prefer to get my head down and complete my tasks one at a time.
Today I have been tidying up my blogroll (see bottom of right hand sidebar). Since I last did this a lot of my blogging friends have changed their website addresses or the titles of their blogs and quite a few have given up on blogging regularly. I have removed the dormant blogs from the Neighbourhood list and I have made sure all the remaining links connect to where they should connect to. If your blog has been removed and you decide to start blogging again please let me know and I will put your link back up as soon as I can be bothered to.
There are a couple of additions to the Neighbourhood blogroll:
Please check them out. Support and encourage them if you can. Blogging is a pretty thankless task nowadays as people prefer to tell each other what they have just eaten for lunch, over on Facebook, rather than express an opinion on the state of the world or other weighty matters. Even if they do still check out the blogs most people do not leave comments like they used to and there is very little conversation going on even on the longstanding serious blogs. Having said that I was surprised by the high number of veteran bloggers from the Neighbourhood who are still blogging away like good uns, even though they feel like they are talking to nobody much of the time. Long haul bloggers appear to be a particularly stubborn breed. I have to admit that I have not been as attentive to my blogging friends recently as I should have been and I intend to remedy this. I am first and foremost a blogger and only hang around Facebook because I get lonely otherwise. But I wonder if I have given in too quickly. Perhaps it is time that bloggers fought back and although I have no idea what form the fight back should take it seems obvious to me that step one should be a renewed commitment to our blogs and step two should be a renewed commitment to each other. I am not going to launch a campaign or anything (I no longer have the influence in the Christian blogosphere I once had - in fact I don't think any blogger who is not important or famous in the outside world has much influence anymore, celebrity culture is as pervasive among those who think of themselves as intelligent Christians as it is among the TV soap watching crowd). I am simply going to try and be a better blogger myself and more supportive of my fellow bloggers.
Finally, a big thank you to the half dozen of you who still take the trouble of commenting at Of Course, I Could Be Wrong... rather than commenting on the Facebook links. Your continued interest in the stuff I post here is very much appreciated.