Back in the day, I used to have a Xanga site. For those unfamiliar, Xanga at the time was just a blog site. Think of MySpace without anything else except the blog. Eventually I migrated towards MySpace realizing the better potential for sexual prey.
While I used Xanga though, you had the option of subscribing to “Blogrings”. Blogrings were supposed to be groups you could join to connect with other people who shared a common interest, like say, Electrical Wiring. Well among the groups I joined was “**Christian Teens Rock**”. This led to me getting a message from a Xanga member saying the following:
“…I saw you’re part of the Christian Teens Rock blogring and thought that was cool! Its encouraging to see other believers witnessing and sharing their faith online. Do you go to church now?”
Now sure, this is a nice letter, and maybe I shouldn’t laugh. But I do. Because if this guy had just spent one fraction of a second to scan below **Christian Teens Rock** on my blogring list he may have figured out I wasn’t exactly witnessing as much as he assumed I was.
I guess my point is it may be a good idea to take half a second to care about what a person is about before you start pretending to care about what a person is about.
(Originally Posted 1/12/07)