Notes from Underground blog is 15 years old today.
When it started, this platform was easy to use, and provided a quick and easy way to link to web sites with interesting ideas and to comment on them. It also had a useful search facility, so that one could find blog posts on interesting topics by searching on tags. As my academic field was missiology, I searched on that, and found that quite a lot of bloggers who wrote about missiology also wrote about "emerging church". I followed that up, and found quite an interesting phenomenon, which seems to have died out now, but was quite strong 15 years ago. You can see some of my blog posts on the emerging church here.
However the host of these blogs at Blogspot decided to make improvements -- they never could learn the truth of the slogan "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". They made everything harder to use, and broke the beautiful tool for searching for blog posts on a topic, replacing it with the clunky Google+ (which they subsequently abandoned) and eventually it became so hard to use that I moved this blog to Wordpress, a different blogging platform that was then easier to use. So most of the posts between 2010 and 2020 will be found there.
But then the people at Wordpress, also neglecting the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" adage, messed up their user interface, making it more difficult to use than the Blogspot one, so, I moved this blog back here. You can still see my blog posts on the WordPress site, only there haven't been any new ones since February 2020, because all I can see when I try to post a new one is "A Script on this Page is Busy".
The current favourite posts, which people have been reading recently are these:
- The gills of the dolphin and Hemingway's reputation
- The Moaning Meme and the Freelance Cynic
- Children's science fiction and more
- Elidor: children's fantasy
- Psychedelic Christian Worship
- Anthropology - individualism, collectivism or communitarianism
- Zemblanity and education
- Rulers and authorities, territorial spirits, spiritual warfare
- The One Ring
Blogging is not as popular as it used to be.
But I still keep blogging, and as I say at the top of the page:
The main aim of this blog is to interpret the Christian Order in the light of current affairs, philosophy, literature and the arts -- and vice versa. So it's about ideas. Social, political and religious comment. Links, notes on people, places, events, books, movies etc. And mainly a place where I can post half-baked ideas in the hope that other people, or the passing of time, will help me to bake them.And for those who would like to say more about such things, and more interactively than is possible in blog comments, please consider joining the Christianity and Society forum.