The 5 Stages of My Mormon Blogging

Guest - July 20, 2009

Posted by Ronan

Stage One
First ever Bloggernacle comment at Times and Seasons, 18th October, 2004. Earnest, and now slightly embarrassing, comment full of exclamation points. People respond! Argument with John Fowles ensues. Times and Seasons, where have you been all my life?

Stage Two
Starts own blog, United Brethren, also October 2004.
First post is on — SHOCK — gay marriage. Constantly edit and re-edit to get it just right. 15 comments…but they are all from people I know. Damn. Want to be part of Bloggernacle elite, but how?

Stage Three
Solo blogging sucks. Invite others to join the blog; talk with Splendid Sun’s J. Stapley about a small-blog co-operative. The Mormon Archipelago is born, February 2005. Rusty’s Nine Moons is invited aboard. Coolness ensured. The ldsblog.org portal follows. Now part of the Bloggernacle “elite”. Smirks.

Stage Four
Sell-out. Join BCC, February 2005. Move from elite to Anointed Quorum, but always worry that I’m the affirmative action hire. Bloggernacle fame is unbounded — people stop me on the street, talk to famous people all the time. Post about twice a week. Follow threads until 3am. Bloggernacle = obsession.

Stage Five
Old age and death. Too many blogs. Only comment at BCC. Post less frequently. Fame diminishes. Take up gardening instead. Wistfully wonders where 9M Don has gone. Thinks Don has gone on to a better life.

27 Comments »

  1. I seem stuck in Stage Two.

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — July 20, 2009 @ 9:46 pm

  2. I think I skipped from One to Three to Five. I’m periodically resurrected into wild blogging enthusiasm, but then I inevitably detour into neurosis and paranoia that all of my comments are stupid, so I go AWOL again. (Is there a stage for that?)

    Comment by ZD Eve — July 20, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

  3. Much more enlightening than Fowler’s Five Stages!

    Comment by Johnna — July 20, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

  4. You know after spending about two years following the Bloggernacle and one year seriously blogging as I finished my degree and the debacle that followed. I have to admit I am in stage six, reborn as a different sort of writer.

    I love to read some of the articles, I find I comment almost not at all any more and had to take a total hiatus as real life became slightly more important.

    Now I am back blogging regularly, less worried about the fame, especially after being offered a freelance position, but yet I miss my old blogging homies ;).

    Thanks Ronan that was fun to read.

    Comment by JonW — July 20, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

  5. Hey you’re right Ronan — you’ve totally petered out. That’s what selling out did to all of my MA buddies. (Ok, Rusty has petered out too and he never sold out… I guess there is only so much to talk about before the yawns overcome us all)

    Comment by Geoff J — July 20, 2009 @ 10:57 pm

  6. Love it, Ronan! Best post since Pearl Jam.

    Comment by MCQ — July 20, 2009 @ 11:03 pm

  7. I would comment, but given that I’m in stage 5, I can’t really be arsed.

    Comment by Ronan — July 21, 2009 @ 1:06 am

  8. I attribute your fall to pride, consumerism and general unrighteousness.

    Comment by Peter LLC — July 21, 2009 @ 3:16 am

  9. Find T&S October 2004, check. Start own blog October 2004, check. Gay marriage post, check. Join BCC early 2005, check. Up to 3:00 a.m., check. (Frequent postings not so much. Maybe that’s why nobody stops me on the street.) Gardening, check.

    Fun post, Ronan.

    Comment by kris — July 21, 2009 @ 5:12 am

  10. It’s interesting how much your blogging “voice” has changed. The early comment and post you link to don’t sound much like late-period Ronan.

    I don’t want to go back and find my first comments. I’m sure they would be embarrassing. Heck, I’m embarrassed to look back even three days.

    As for my blogging life cycle: I came to the blogs from a link in a Church-related email from Ronan. I commented a fair amount for a couple of years and spent a lot of time arguing with the feminists and the rest of you Church-hating liberals. I was losing blogging energy about the time that Rusty invited me to join 9 Moons. I figured that would reinvigorate me, but it obviously didn’t. I still follow the blogs somewhat closely but I don’t have it in me to engage in rancorous debate anymore and I’ve never engaged much in chummy banter, so I don’t comment very much at all these days. It’s getting to the point where I’m losing my claim to the “Tom” moniker. Every so often I’ll see another Tom posting on BCC or T&S and I can’t really assert my ownership of it. I’ve never not been a relatively obscure ‘nacle personality, but now I’m fading even deeper to the point that I hardly exist at all. I keep telling myself, though, that I’ll pick it up again and post a lot of light, happy stuff here.

    Comment by Tom — July 21, 2009 @ 6:38 am

  11. I keep telling myself, though, that I’ll pick it up again and post a lot of light, happy stuff here.

    Don’t fool yourself Tom. After your recent backlist drama, I’m surprised you show your face around here at all.

    :)

    Thanks for the post Ronan. What ever happened to “Head Life”?

    Comment by CJ Douglass — July 21, 2009 @ 7:06 am

  12. CJ,
    See #7.

    Tom,
    Sorry.

    Comment by Ronan — July 21, 2009 @ 7:09 am

  13. Thanks for this. You’re one of my favorite contributors, Ronan. So, whatever brand of rooibos tea you’re drinking that’s resulting in your sudden reappearance in the Bloggernacle, keep it up.

    My question: What do the five stages say about blogging as a medium? Has it ultimately been a worthless exercise for you?

    This all sounds so depressing.

    Comment by Hunter — July 21, 2009 @ 8:47 am

  14. Once upon a time, I was at stage #3, but I’m back at stage #2.

    Comment by Kim Siever — July 21, 2009 @ 9:46 am

  15. Don’t make me contribute to this non-BCC thread, Hunter.

    Maybe it’s the new brand of green rooibos tea. Things will never be as they were in 2005/6. Some of it is moving back to Europe — the time zone difference means it’s difficult to keep up with the pace.

    I’m not dead, though. Well, not yet.

    Comment by Ronan — July 21, 2009 @ 9:56 am

  16. Grandpa Kim,
    You chose to regress, man.

    Comment by Ronan — July 21, 2009 @ 10:03 am

  17. My writing has never regressed. Nor has my participation on other blogs. I have remained, at the very least, constant.

    Comment by Kim Siever — July 21, 2009 @ 10:06 am

  18. The stage I am currently in:

    Tired but still interested enough to check in from time to time.

    I’ve been in that stage for awhile.

    I don’t think I have the energy to comment on most things, never mind argue like I used to.

    Comment by danithew — July 21, 2009 @ 10:58 am

  19. I went through these stages rather quickly. Was a regular contributor for a brief time in 9M’s infancy and commented on the rest of the Bloggernacle for about a month before getting apathetic and have since only done a daily check here to keep minimum tabs on what’s going on and because this one is run by my brother:) Took up gardening again this year and have become a certified board game geek and spend most all my forum time over at boardgamegeek.com now.

    Comment by Bret — July 21, 2009 @ 11:07 am

  20. “I’m not dead yet.”

    OK. I’ll take that. It beats the alternative.

    Comment by Hunter — July 21, 2009 @ 11:11 am

  21. Ronan, of course you and I both know that once you’ve reached the pinnacle of being recognized as the Best Commenter, you lose direction and focus. Kind of like Bobby Fischer succumbing to madness after Reykjavik.

    Comment by gst, award-winning commenter — July 21, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

  22. I remember being absolutely shocked that anyone read my first blog post. It was thrilling, and frightening at the same time.

    Comment by Natalie — July 21, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

  23. Natalie, I’m still shocked. ;-)

    Comment by Kim Siever — July 21, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

  24. I went directly from stage 1, stayed there awhile, to stage 5.

    Comment by meems — July 21, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

  25. I heart gardening.

    Comment by smb — July 22, 2009 @ 5:28 am

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  27. As long as blogging has taught you America’s true place in the world, then all is not lost. ;-)

    Long live the Queen!

    Comment by Brian Duffin — July 22, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

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