He also makes a kind comment, saying that I’m a good member of the biblioblogging community. I do try to make the rounds on the blogs I enjoy, and I comment when I feel like it. I know how much I like to interact through comments with my readers (all three of you), and I’m also obscenely outspoken (in the sense of quantity, not content), so that bit is easy. This does make me think again about the idea of defining the biblioblogosphere. It’s a topic that’s been making the rounds partly due to the latest discussion of sexism that April kicked off, and partly due to Jim’s announcement that there will now be an official biblioblogging session at SBL and an official relationship between SBL and…well and what? John Hobbins and Chris Heard have raised some concerns on this front already, Chris most vehemently. I’m not so against the idea of a biblioblogger/SBL connection as Chris, but I agree with all of his points. The reason I’m not against the relationship is because the biblioblogosphere is going to keep on being what it is, regardless of official connections. It isn’t a definable entity, no matter what anybody says. It’s made up of bloggers and commentators and lurkers, not just bloggers alone. I also doubt very sincerely that it’s one definable community or blogosphere, but is instead probably a bunch of different communities that overlap here and there. I know that I hardly ever read a ton of the blogs on the Top 50 list. I don’t even have all of the top 10 on my blogroll. It’s not because I have a problem with those blogs, it’s just because they don’t pique my interest. I’m guessing that’s how most bibliobloggers work. So what is it that is being officially affiliated with SBL?
I’m not really upset by this, and it’s entirely possible that it will be a very good development. Mark Goodacre is certainly right that there’s no harm in trying it (and I’m very happy with Jim’s steering committee). So I’m not vehemently opposed to the association like Chris appears to be. And though I don’t think anybody should try to define the biblioblogosphere “officially”, I don’t care about the issue all that much because such attempts at definition are doomed to failure. That just ain’t how the internet works.