Fundamental assumption: It is exceedingly rare that our words will change someone’s commitments. We might be able to bring about a shift in opinions, but only in the minds of those precious few who are paying attention in the first place. But among those few whose minds might be moved to agree with us, few will accept our answers to how things should be handled.
Meanwhile, the vast majority will never digest our words in the first place. The only way to get more attention is to indulge in moral compromise at the behest of gatekeepers. We have to give them what they want. For example: Virtually every face you see in a Hollywood production is attached to a body that has been sexually abused. Yep, that includes the kids. All the Mouseketeers were diddled, for example. Metaphorically, at least, it’s the same with every mainstream media name; they paid some moral price to get their words published.
The degree of willingness to pay that price has nothing to do with the basic question of who gets into that publicity game, at least with the mainstream media. The price was demanded before they showed up.
But in a broader sense, we know that getting Internet attention in our consumerist society means some kind of moral compromise on a less literal level. You have to play to the audience, and that proverbial average consumer warrants strong cynicism. They don’t want thoughtful moral discussion, though they might enjoy the pretense of it. This conceptual audience comes in many flavors, but the vast majority will shy away from genuine moral challenge. That in itself is a moral problem.
If your public blather is popular with any particular segment of the population, it’s highly probable that you are an attention whore. You function to confirm their moral biases, or they wouldn’t be reading your stuff. But before this starts to sound like a justification for low traffic on this blog, you should understand that I make no effort to play that game in the first place. I’m not looking at low numbers because I failed to win the bid for attention. This is not sour grapes.
I knew before I started that this was just a diary of my thoughts, and honestly never expected to get much attention. Indeed, a small part of killing the domain name I had for two years was avoiding a growing attention I didn’t want. I don’t fear controversy, but I don’t court it. I’d much rather read how people were saying what I was saying without me getting any credit. That really is the plan here.
So the real mission isn’t moving people so much as finding those rare souls who tend to want already the same thing I claim to have. My part is trying to put into words things that drive them anyway. I’m not accepting offers to be a professional writer, and I’ve had a few from this blog. This talent, such as it is, belongs to the God I serve. Sure, it would be nice if I had a big monthly donation income, but that’s risky in itself, so I’m not asking. You can donate if you feel driven to it, but fundraising here is focused on specific items I need for this ministry and can’t afford, maybe once in any year. Fundraising is a minefield.
The best way to propagate my message is to make it yours. Not echoing my words and thoughts, but I want to put you in touch with God in a way that brings out your own narrative. I’ll tell you my story so you’ll be moved to tell your own, and maybe I can help you make your storytelling more engaging. This blog is as much about the methods and means of telling as it is about what I have to tell.
Meanwhile, if I’m at all helpful to your storytelling, let me know and I’ll consider a link to your blog. I might promote your writing if it seems to serve the same kind of mission. By the same token, you need not feel obliged to promote this blog. I’m glad when you do link back here, but it has to be consistent with your mission and calling. Let’s not try to centralize on my blog. I’m just one of a bigger group trying to portray the idea of hearing and answering a divine call.
Write with me.