Submitted by Steve Evans
I’ve been involved with (at least) 5 blogs so far. I am a blogwhore, which is like a crackwhore except that it’s blogs, not crack. To say that blogs are like crack is an insult to crackwhores. And so, in honor of 5 years of Nine Moons, I offer this post, a long meandering piece of introspective crap.
When I take a look at the various ways I’ve blogged and been a part of the Nine Moons Mormon Blogosphere (TM) over the years, I’d like to say that I see some sort of progression or personal development, but no; I am a blogwhore, going from fix to fix like Bubbles on The Wire (with albeit fewer facial lesions). So don’t confuse my post with Ronan’s – I have no deeper wisdom to share, unlike that cunning Brit. Still, walk with me, old friends, and reminisce of times of
old somewhat recent years, as I think about how and why I became an internet Mormon, and how Nine Moons has been along at every step.
Like everyone else, I came to know the mormon blogosphere through T&S, but By Common Consent has been, and always will be, my home. It was a group blog from day one – I am too much of a coward to try anything alone. Some of the best friends I’ve ever had came into my life through that miserable left-wing liberal apostate nut haven. I have to admit that my capacity for writing lengthy posts or exploring profound doctrinal issues has diminished. It’s hard to come up with new ideas, and even harder to write about them in any coherent way. Controversy and navel-gazing come easy (hence my theme here). But the satisfaction that comes from BCC — in particular, being friends with the people at BCC and parasitically enriching my own life by associating myself with such amazing people — continues to surpass my expectations. Nine Moons has been a constant reminder to me of why I love my own site – the interpersonal dynamic and the continuingly refreshing nature of our friendships. It seems weird for someone as fiercely proud and territorial as myself to say, but 9M has just always been there for me. I read it almost every day, just like BCC, and I love the people here and find it a second home.
I am a restless prankster, and so something like Banner of Heaven was almost inevitable. While you can characterize it many ways (failed experiment, con job, bad idea gone awry, masterful satire, etc.), it has had a few long-term effects on me. Banner forged solid friendships between myself and my co-conspirators, as well as with some of our victims (Rusty, Random John – I am looking at you). It helped me realize that “it’s only blogging” is a phrase with limited utility. And, as Julie infamously predicted, I and countless others now are less likely to donate money to worthy causes. Nine Moons was, of course, the place where it all came to a flashpoint, with contests and posts trying to unmask us and kill our golden goose. And kill us they did.
Blogging about mormon stuff gets boring, so I started Kulturblog with Bob and Logan and a few others. Rusty, Susan M, Random John, and a veritable cast of thousands now blogs there; it is an oasis from the navel gazing and perpetually repeating stuff we are forced to digest in the rest of the bloggernacle. It’s the site that never really gets old for me, because people are always talking about dumb stuff. It’s just so fun. If all we can do is focus on our LDS culture and think about the weighty things of the gospel, two things happen: first, we get bored, and second, we become boring to others. Besides, where else could I go to follow all of Rusty’s lame polls? Oh yeah, ifihadtochoose.com. Thanks, Rusty.
The fifth site isn’t a site at all – it is the twitterverse, where both BCC and Kulturblog have a twitter feed. I also have my own twitter account, as do a good number of the bloggernaclers I like. This is a whole new way of interacting, sharing our stories, and deepening our friendships. It’s functional and minimalistic and art in its own way, like that famous font Arial. Where’s Nine Moon’s twitterfeed, btw? I believe that our ways of talking and sharing over the internet will be reinvented again and again the way that twitter reinvents blogging/instant messaging. Whenever I start to feel burnt out like Ronan or run out of interesting things to say like Tom, I look to the medium, and let the continually evolving means of blogging (and the continually evolving bloggernacle) inspire me. What inspires you?