Blog something worthwhile for a change

By the end of this post, you’ll have a decent idea of what I do and don’t consider worthwhile. And you probably won’t be surprised. I mean you’re one of the few, the proud, who, for some reason, find my incessant grammatical ramblings strangely entertaining. You weirdos. Why did you subscribe to the RSS feed of a blog that spends its time talking about things like Adjective Classes anyway?

But I really wish that Denny Burk would blog about Greek grammar. His dissertation was on Greek grammar. But he never talks about it. There are a number of scholars who have published on Greek grammar, whose blogs bored me to death because all they talk about it dumb cultural/political stuff. I get enough dumb stuff like that reading the news – you think US politics are crazy. Trying Canadian. They’re probably going to attempt to overthrow the government again at the end of the summer. And the way they debate on Parliament floor? My goodness. It makes US Congress look like a dinner party!

But seriously, why don’t scholars/students, who would very likely have something to contribute on interesting topics like Greek, never discuss it?

Oh wait. Right.

You don’t get 500 Google Reader subscribers when you talk about grammar all the time. You need to discuss theo-cultural/political subjects ([update: or nothing at all) if you want people to read your blog, especially if its remotely controversial.

Anyway, its frustrating. I can think of maybe five (six?) blogs including my own that regularly and consistently discuss Greek in a relatively intelligent manner as their main blogging subject.* I really wish there were more. There are plenty of blogs focused mainly on Hebrew. Why so few Greek ones? Sometimes its kind of lonely out here.

Maybe I need to start mentioning Britney Spears & Paris Hilton more. Hmmm, maybe not. I don’t want those readers anyway.

* I also know of a few dozen blogs that discuss Greek sporatically in an intelligent manner (I like those ones, I try comment on them when they discuss Greek), two blogs that discuss Greek consistently in a moronic manner (I’ve never commented on either of them), a good 50+ blogs that discuss Greek sporatically at a comfortable student level (don’t comment on those), and a disturbing number of blogs that use Greek to support their pet doctrines that just make me want to bang my head against the desk (definitely don’t comment on those).

14 thoughts on “Blog something worthwhile for a change

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  1. I will now forever cherish those comments of yours on my blog (even though they are not at all related to Greek). 😉

    Since I changed my blog to have a narrower focus (“biblical studies”), I have found that it takes much more energy to write good stuff. Political rants have a low barrier to entry, and they require almost no work on the part of the blogger. On the other hand, writing well about Greek is hard work with low reward for one’s own ego, as you said.

  2. Me too, Mike. I will now forever cherish your comments especially when related to Greek.

    Hadn’t realized that “theo-cultural/political subjects …, especially if its remotely controversial” wasn’t Greek with some Latin mixed in. Just finished reading Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper and lost count of how many times her characters kept referring to “Greek” as confusion: “he might as well have been speaking Greek.” Then there’s C.S. Lewis’s discussion of the pains of learning Greek as a metaphor for the Christian life waiting, finally (“when will it get here?”), for heaven (in “The Weight of Glory”). I’ve tried using “Hellene” from time to time as a softer, more interesting synonym, but there are still only precious few readers at my blog. I do love them each one.

    1. Kurk, I try to read all of your posts – though I sometime struggle with the rhetoric, which isn’t my strong point (you can decide whether that’s an intended pun or not!)

  3. You should finish your Ephesians translation and diagrams and post those. That would be an attractive way of talking about Greek while also being entertaining and engaging.

    And keep up your grammar discussions. You are more read than you probably realize.

    1. I probably should. But I don’t know if it will happen. Many of my views about grammar have changed significantly since I began that series 2 years ago. Were I to do so, I’d want to either start from scratch or revise the first 3 chapters and I just don’t have the energy.

      At the very least, I’ll probably do the outline, I don’t know about the notes though…

  4. I usually just skim your grammar posts. I had you in my feed originally for your help with my Greek studies. Now that I’ve taken a break from that, I keep you there because you are interesting… and I consider you a friend. At least as far as digital friendships go.

  5. I enjoy your blog. But then again, I’m a biblical languages geek as well. I spoke about politics one time (ish) with Socialism and the Book of Amos, and the numerous emails, phone calls, and comments I received caused me to completely avoid politics from here on out.

    I’d easily imagine I have less readers than you, but then again one day I’ll post on redundancy in Ruth 1.1 (with Hebrew, of course), and the next day on saving turtles.

    to say all that, I enjoy what you put up on your blog. Please continue 🙂

    1. phone calls? seriously? ugh.

      I’ll admit to moving into theo-philosophical issues on occasion too – exegetical issues & women’s “roles” or the whole bout on ethics John Hobbins and I did a while back. So I suppose that none of us can avoid it completely.

  6. You need to discuss theo-cultural/political subjects if you want people to read your blog, especially if its remotely controversial.

    Nah… People read my blog and I talk about absolutelty nothing at all, avoiding theo-cultural/political subjects in the process.

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