Has the Bloggernacle Run Its Course? (Weekend Poll)

by: wheatmeister

May 18, 2013

“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  Mark Twain

Every so often, the idea that there’s nothing new to talk about in Mormon internet discussions comes up.  Someone will state that we’ve said all there is to say, the audience is waning, people have worked out their opinions, etc.  What do you think?  And if it is dying, does it go out with a whimper or a bang?

Is the death of the 'nacle imminent? (choose the answer you feel best applies)

  • No, the 'nacle will continue to reinvent itself: new blogs, fresh voices, new topics, and there is always more progress to discuss. (68%, 77 Votes)
  • Yes, the topics of the 'nacle are simply recycled and rehashed ad nauseum. People eventually quit reading, and we are running out of audience for these tired topics. (32%, 37 Votes)

Total Voters: 114

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17 Responses to Has the Bloggernacle Run Its Course? (Weekend Poll)

  1. LDS Anarchist on May 18, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Why are you running this poll at this time? Is it because I haven’t anything new lately?

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  2. LDS Anarchist on May 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Correction: Is it because I haven’t posted anything new lately?

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  3. Douglas on May 18, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Quit censoring the controversial and it’ll stay interesting. Never be afraid of a good bagatelle.

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  4. Kent (MC) on May 18, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    They are making new Mormons every day. Fresh meat will keep it alive.

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  5. J. D. on May 18, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    This makes me think of Acts 17:21:

    21 (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there aspent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

    The Bloggernacle will keep on because stuff keeps happening, whether someone stirs the pot, provides new take on an old argument, or whatever.

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  6. Douglas on May 18, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    #4 – That was covered in “Starship Troopers 2” (proof that not all movies need a sequel). A young woman, discharged several months back from Federal service and having borne a child, shows him to a Mobile Infantry officer. The officer briefly dandles the baby and says, “Hurry back, kiddo. Fresh meat for the grinder.”

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  7. Andrew S on May 18, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    I find myself utterly unable to vote…not because I believe neither option applies, but because I believe both options apply

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  9. Hellmut on May 19, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Internet Mormonism also satisfies people’s social needs. If there are other institutions that can do that better, the Bloggernacle may well become marginalized but I do not see that yet.

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  10. Howard on May 19, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    I think it’s going through transition and adjusting to Facebook competition. I began participating in 2005 at that time topics like female ordination or BoM historicity generally were not allowed on the table for discussion, subtle topics like the sexualization caused by excess modesty hadn’t been considered and there was subconscious fear of a church backlash like September 6. It’s come a long way since then. Controversial issues of history, doctrine and practice are openly discussed, most of the frivolous arguments have been eliminated and Jake is beginning to summarize each of the arguments by short video. TBMs have largely retreated to “safe” forums circling the wagons because their belief based position cannot prevail in a logical discussion and for some reason they are not satisfied with bearing their testimony instead. The church has begun to respond, women prayed in GC for the first time in 182 years, of course the timing of that was purely coincidental because the proactive brethren had already decided a couple of weeks before activists letters arrived.

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  11. Howard on May 19, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Btw, I’m in Palm Desert at a charity function run by high functioning married women and they want to know what Sister Monson did after she got married and had children? Her obituary CV seems to stop there yet she lived to 85. This topic has the potential to reignite some interesting bloggernacle discussion.

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  12. Stephen R. Marsh on May 19, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    I’d have to agree that Facebook is sucking the life out of the Bloggernacle as we know it. To be honest, it pretty much started as a collection of an ingroup, expanded, and has hit a plateau of sorts with people migrating out to venues that are more friendly.

    Facebook has as its marker that it collects people into friendly groups.

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  13. Will on May 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Let Will post again and the life will return.

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  14. Douglas on May 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    It would seem that inspiring “Tommy” to something better than “Holy Schneikes” was more than enough. I hope that this doesn’t sink Pres. Monson as it did GBH (to be fair, he was 93). He needs our prayers and support more than ever.

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  15. LDS Anarchist on May 19, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    So, Stephen #12, you’re saying that Facebook sucks? I once tried a Facebook substitute, like Wireclub:


    which I like much better, but I haven’t, as yet, seen a large Mormon presence there. They must all be on Facebook.

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  16. Stephen M (Ethesis) on May 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    I am not saying Facebook is bad. Instead, compared to the closed cliques of many nacle venues, it is much friendlier and easier to find a group you fit into.

    That draws attention and interest. It has for me.

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  17. LovelyLauren on May 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    In some ways, I feel like I’ve outgrown the bloggernacle. I certainly don’t read to the extent I used to and while I’ve never been a huge contributer, I contribute much less than I used to. I read a lot when first discovering/dealing with women’s issues and it was useful then, but as I developed opinions of my own and saw the same topics hashed out over and over again, it just wasn’t useful. I still enjoy reading posts here and there, but I just don’t need that kind of conversation as much. And I definitely know there are people who feel similarly, but at the same time, there are other people discovering the bloggernacle who will sustain it and keep it alive (along with many old faithfuls). There is also always church news to discuss and that won’t stop happening any time soon.

    I very much dislike the transition to facebook that many bloggers are taking. I participated in a bloggernacle facebook group briefly and I felt that it was so easy to post that people were not as thoughtful, attacks were often personal, and the already brief blog-post format was completely obliterated. I just don’t think that facebook is a good forum for serious discussion. However, I’m willing to admit that my experience may not have been typical and I’m sure there are those who prefer interacting on facebook to blog discussion.

    I will say that I participate in an LDS group on Reddit that I really enjoy. It’s a very different format from blogging or facebook that allows for both long and short-form posts and anonymity (which I appreciate.) I’ve even occasionally posted bloggernacle articles there and they are received with very mixed reviews. Interestingly, (to my knowledge) the population that participates there does not really seem to participate in the conversations in the bloggernacle.

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