Help me NOT turn into a self-centered blogging suckerfish

Ok, I’m just gonna be real with this.

I’m planning on using this blog for a long time. As an introvert, I feel I can process stuff a lot better when I type, and when I’m bouncing things off a community of people I know (or am getting to know), it often takes me to sweet places of introspection that I never would have considered by myself. I’m hoping this is also true for many of you. Some make fun of blogs, but they help me wrestle with things, not alone. That’s the beautiful thing about community, even if an element of it has to be virtual.

But I also don’t want to be “that guy” who gets sucked into selling himself by blogging about mindless self-promotion all the time.

I’d like this to be a place where similar-minded people can intersect real issues in the real world with what we believe about God, our worship, our church, our mission, and our Gospel.

As silly as this may sound as we’re surrounded by a world of self-serving technology, I want to serve you on here, and I want us to serve each other.

So this might be a shot in the dark, but since you are the ones I gladly interact with, I need your help by answering these two questions as honestly as you can…

  1. What would you like to see on this blog?
  2. What would you not like to see on this blog?

This blog will be shaped by your thoughtful responses. I’m thankful for those of you who continue to read and contribute. Game on.

About Lazo

Lazo is the pastor for preaching and vision at Reality SB. He is committed to spreading the worth of Jesus in Santa Barbara, through the expository preaching of God's Word. You might like these blog posts, 5 Wrong Ways To Comfort Hurting People or An Orthodoxy That Breathes

Posted on May 25, 2011, in personal. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I love reading your blogs Lazo!

    Loving your posts about God, Christianity, the Gospel, worldviews, views on other religions, the church, being on mission, being encouraged about how to be on mission, and even the book/movie reviews

    Would prefer not to read about the latest scandals, or what you ate today

    Thanks Chris!!

  2. Craig Hensel

    Chris,

    Love reading your blog brother. I would like to see Gospel Centered Theology dealing with issues that hit us daily. Your thoughts on being on mission would be fantastic. As you mentioned, being an introvert, on mission would benefit the other introverts in how you live sent.

    Not to see: this blog not happen.

    Craig

    • Thanks for the input Craig–see you in Seattle in a couple weeks. We can be introverted together

      • Craig Hensel

        I’ll be the extrovert trying to get you to join us at the table See you in a couple weeks brother, it’s going to be fantastic!

  3. I haven’t rolled around here much. But from what I’ve seen, you keep it real and yet the blog doesn’t read like a diary. It’s an important balance, I think. Don’t be afraid to promote something you’ve worked at and taken part in, just don’t do it often.

    I’ve yet to find out the secret of turning readers into commenters. Let me know if you figure that one out. Goins takes a stab at it here.

  4. Cris, I really enjoy reading your blogs. They are diverse and true. I always appreciate your commentary on current events, but also when you switch it up and remind us of things we may have forgotten about.

    I am a fan of all of your posts so far, so I can’t say what not to post, other than false doctrine or self-centered words, but I don’t see you doing that.

    I say keep up the good work and thank you for serving us with a pure heart.

  5. Dear Mr. Lazo,

    Love your posts. They have been something that helps me keep my brain wrestling with current ideas, especially your emphasis more recently on missions and how that should look in the world we know today.

    I really enjoy how through your posts, you interact- whether that be through a question at the end or somewhat of a challenge-with your readers. I would like to see more of that as well.

    And food…eh, I wouldn’t mind finding out what the daily diet of a Lazosaurus is.

    What not to see: I am not a extensive blog reader so, unfortunately i do not have tips for ya. But so far, so good.

    • Keep things open-ended. Sick, that’s a good word.

      By the way, the Lazosaurus is carnivorous, and enjoys a steady diet of pork, carne, refried beans, and carbonated drinks.

      Unless, of course, Mrs. Velociraptor comes home. Then it’s organic whole-wheat stuff from Traer Joe’s.

  6. That may have just made my week…

    Gotta love Mrs. Velociraptor keepin’ thins fresh.

  7. Post from the heart of Jesus. No preconceptions of political affiliation, especially if Christian. How about keeping it fresh with no politics at all?

    • My desire is to know the heart of Jesus through his word in community.

      Define “politics”?

    • My aim is to be apolitical, and yet still bring up current events as they transpire and view them through the lens of the gospel.

  8. Laz,

    I’d say keep it relevant (current issues, new books, sweet nuggs etc…) and stay curious. By curiosity I’m mean to echo what Kaleb wrote about keeping it open ended. Its nice to have an opinion of what you think but to know that you’re curious as to what others think. Keep the theological juices pumping. love it.

  9. Love reading your blog! I see it as a place where you really wrestle with issues and try to get ideas bounced back to you so that you can process them. As a fellow introvert, I have to fight the natural feeling of doing all things by myself and have to force myself to get input on things.
    As for your two questions:
    Keep posting what you are posting…really great nuggets to chew on. It wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t you just being yourself. Just post what you feel led to post.
    Wish I could interact more than I do, but my job has been keeping me way too busy lately. But I try to check up on your blog a few times a week, because your posts are always refreshing.

  10. Hey thanks for the encouraging words, Derek. I’ll try to be myself…it’s scary sometimes

    Nice to know another introvert out there!

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