We are a goal-oriented people. Personally, I like setting goals and writing them down. I think it’s an exercise that shows we’re progressing (or not) in our lives. It shows that we believe in eternal progression and repentance and we’re actually living in a way that demonstrates faith in those principles. Nothing gripes me more than those who deny the possibility that people can change. I will admit that often, people choose not to take the hard road that ends in real change. But we cannot, as members of our Church ever deny that the power exists in each one of us, through the atonement, to change and become better. This is, in point of fact, the primary purpose of the Church itself.
For this reason, I’m frustrated when people express cynicism concerning goals and resolutions. I think, as members of our Church, we should be more optimistic than anyone else about the chances of our success when we set goals. But how does this apply to our activities on blogs such as this one? Is this an activity that lends itself to goal-setting? Is it possible to be blogging toward some objective? Are we capable of engendering some sort of real change in ourselves, others, or the world in general as a result of blogging?
I pose these questions, not because I have any answers, but because I want to hear yours. After Elder Ballard gave his recent talk, it seemed that more members began participating in online discussions such as what we have here at Nine Moons and elsewhere. But I wonder what purpose is being served by all this activity. Elder Ballard’s suggestion seems to point at performing missionary work. But is that really the purpose of what we are doing? Is it your purpose, or do you have some other goal? Is all of this activity good, or is some of it counter-productive or even harmful?
In an attempt to analyze this, I want to ask some questions. Feel free to answer as many as you wish:
Do you consider yourself a ”Mormon Blogger?” If so, is that because you have your own blog, where you post about Mormon issues? Or because you post on a Mormon-themed group blog? Or because you comment regularly on a Mormon-themed blog? Or because of some other activity you pursue online? What are you trying to achieve as a “Mormon Blogger,” if anything? Do you consider yourself to be doing missionary work? Defending the Church in some way? Bettering yourself in some fashion? Bettering the world by sending your pearls of wisdom out into cyberspace for the improvement of all who listen? In short, What is your goal?