Critical Thinking

The Spotlight: About who’s in charge of the blogosphere

Hi All!  It’s been a while…  Well, two weeks to be precise!  I have my reasons, honest!

On the first Saturday that I missed The Spotlight, I was out dancing at my sister’s wedding!!!  And on the second one…  I just got my first ebook published online, after spending the whole week reformatting and editing it, so I hadn’t done anything else…  I didn’t even have time to read other people’s stuff.  So, that’s my reasons.  But it matters only if you missed The Spotlight!

Well, so much has happened since, and there’s so much going on online…  There’s a conversation that was brought to my attention in a group I recently joined.  The conversation begs the question, “Who’s in charge of the Blogosphere?”.  The first piece I read, which I believe is the piece that opened the question up was quite convicting but also disturbing to me, because though I agree with it in some ways, I disagreed quite strongly in others.  This is the piece:

Usually, when I am passionate about something, inspiration flows to write on it, but maybe because my mind has been busy with my book, I couldn’t get my thoughts to flow right.  But the piece I am spotlighting today, is by a woman, who shared MUCH of my thoughts on the issue!  She did a really good job, and gives a really strong opinion and defense for the Blogosphere being a Library, which must not be censored.

She goes by the name Ann Voskamp, and blogs at  I met her via the group, where her post was shared, and this piece is the first I have read on her blog.  It is called “About who’s in charge of the blogosphere: an ongoing conversation”.  I encourage you to read the previous piece first, then read this one by Ann, and drop your comments!  If you love it, don’t be shy to like and share 🙂  Here’s an excerpt from Ann’s post:

Who’s in charge of the blogosphere?

That’s what they were asking up and down the streets last week, asking it around all the online watering holes.

Who gives anyone the keys to wander in to the blogosphere and tap out a few words? Who says any of us have the right or authority to be in here? Who died and made us the king of anything?

Yeah, I don’t know much of anything, except that we all need each other, that we all belong to each other, but seems like maybe God has always chosen women who felt less than, women that no one thought were enough: Tamar was harlot, Ruth was an outsider, the wife of Uriah , who became the wife of David, was an adulteress, and Rahab was a woman of the night.

And sometimes those who don’t seem to measure up, are part of changing the world beyond measure, are the unlikely who are called to be part of the unbelievable, so that God gets all the glory alone.

Yeah, I don’t know much of anything — but maybe ask D.L. Moody who was convinced: “If this world is going to be reached, I am convinced that it must be done by men and women of average talent. After all, there are comparatively few people in this world who have great talents.”  Read more…

So, have you read them both?  What do you think?  Do you have a strong opinion that is different from both shared?

There are a several things that inform my perspective, but these two passages of Scripture should suffice, while I am still struggling to put my thoughts into words!

Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.  And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us” (Luke 9:49-50).

…when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.  Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days” (Gal 1:15-18).

The floor is open…  Please share your view.

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