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The Chronicles of Me: Understanding Blogging as a Religious Practice

TitleThe Chronicles of Me: Understanding Blogging as a Religious Practice
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsCheong, P, Halavais, A, Kwon, K
JournalJournal of Media and Religion
Keywordsblogs, hyperlinks, internet, religion

Blogs represent an especially interesting site of online religious commu- nication. Analysis of the content of 200 blogs with mentions of topics related to Christianity, as well as interviews of a subset of these bloggers, suggests that blogs provide an integrative experience for the faithful, not a third place, but a melding of the personal and the communal, the sacred and the profane. Religious bloggers operate outside the realm of the conventional nuclear church as they connect and link to mainstream news sites, other nonreligious blogs, and online collaborative knowledge networks such as Wikipedia. By chronicling how they experience faith in their everyday lives, these bloggers aim to communicate not only to their communities and to a wider public but also to themselves. This view of blogging as a contemplative religious experience differs from the popular characterization of blogging as a trivial activity.