Friday, March 23, 2007

STILL RUNNING, BLOGGERS BEWARE!


Something interesting and instructive happened yesterday. Politico blogger Ben Smith was first yesterday to announce that John Edwards was suspending his campaign for President. The word spread as Matt Drudge put it at the top of his page with his familiar flashing light. Reuters followed by pushing a story about it over the wire. On TV it became "Breaking News." And then John Edwards came out with his wife to announce that her cancer was back and that he WOULD BE CONTINUING HIS RUN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE! Ben Smith had gotten it wrong which certainly reporters do from time to time, but this highlights the danger that is blogging and bloggers.

Today anyone who wants to be a reporter can become one simply by creating their own blog. While that happens every day and there are countless bloggers entering the blogosphere, for some a lack of integrity comes along as well. If you are going to blog there are some things that should be a part of what you do with each blog. There should be as much primary research as possible. By that I mean that you should not simply read someones blog and write off of their research. You should do your very best to go to the original source. If that cannot happen then there should at least be an extensive system of cross referencing sources. And for sure if you are unsure of something it should not go on the Internet.

It is amazing how many people read blogs. I am amazed and humbled by the many that read my little blog. In fact I am trying to get a handle on that, so if you do read the blog, do me a favor and email me at im4jesus4@juno.com and simply say something like I read it. But if only one person reads it, it is necessary to be as accurate as possible. Lives are affected by what is written about them and this is a great example of getting it wrong big time. It is a great reminder to all of us who blog to take this craft seriously and be responsible with it.

On a personal note we certainly wish Mrs. Edwards the best in her battle with cancer. Our prayers go out to her and her family. I pray that all of you will remember them as you pray.

blog you later,
pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com