The purpose of #DigiDisciple articles is not just to inform, but also to invite conversation.
- Articles should not only present a position or pose a question, but also invite debate or feedback on stated positions or questions.
- Debate can be triggered by reflections upon your own experiences.
- Find a post written elsewhere on #BigBible, an external blog, or other cultural artefact to use as a starting point for engaging in conversation.
We are open to considering any topic dealing with the intersection between Biblical conversations, Biblically inspired living, faith in the digital space, or materials that contribute to The Big Read (e.g. housegroup advice).
What do I post?
We’re all for authenticity here, so we’re keen for you to post about the things you are already interested in/involved in/want to experiment with. People who blog about the things they are already passionate about… the passion comes across in the blog post!
- Find topics that will get people talking to each other (whether that conversation occurs on the blog, through Twitter, Facebook, etc.): bring offline conversations online and allow them a bigger audience.
- Highlight a post/series of posts on another blog, and re-interpret from a #digidisciple perspective.
- Think of a series that you could create – the consistency will encourage others to come back looking for more information.
- Think about how being a Christian changes (or could change) the way that you engage in digital spaces (where possible supported with appropriate Biblical texts), and potentially change the way that others work online.
- Think about how the digital world allows our conversations to change, and how to we have ‘bigger Bible conversations’ digitally, or in physical housegroups (especially encouraging those who might set up a new housegroup for The Big Reads), or how the digital contributes to the ‘blend’ of conversations and activities (e.g. have you ever tried geocaching!).
- Find ways to share information/build networks so that the wheel is not being constantly re-invented, and, in these times of tight resources, share our expertise with each other.
- Highlight postive Christian work already occurring, allowing others to be inspired. This can include reflecting upon how digital tools have increased your Biblical literacy, or changed the way you engage with the Bible.
- Encourage those who are too scared, or don’t understand why we need to be in the digital spaces, with practical advice, convincing argument, stories that demonstrate how you have grown, or seen the value of social media at work.
What do you feel you can offer… from philosophy to the practicalities?
To ensure a consistent experience for visitors, we need to ensure that #Digidisciple(s) write in one of the following four areas:
- #BigBible: Posts related to the Bible, including organisations, projects, events, and debates.
- #BigRead: Posts related to “The Big Read”, the themes that it raises, and related advice, including housegroup advice.
- #DigiLit: Posts offering practical guidance on using digital tools, including how-to, policies, and case studies.
- #DigiDisciple: Posts engaging with debates about what it means to be a disciple in the digital spaces/age.
Some posts may fit in more than one area, but due to the way that the blog is set up, it would be helpful to choose just one of the above categories. If it doesn’t seem to fit in these areas, then it’s probably not appropriate for this site.
Articles also need ‘tags’. A number of areas are increasingly appearing, and may provide inspiration for content, for example:
- Biblically inspired social action
- Case Study
- The Bible
- The Power of Social Media
- Why be online?
Over the past few months, we have started to tag each post with any Bible book referred to within it, and Bex intends to backtrack previous posts. If we can all use e.g. Genesis, 1 Corinthians, Gospel of Mark consistently, then it allows conversations to build around particular books of the Bible.
We’d also be keen to identify tags to use for short bursts of time. For example, encouraging images, thoughts, photos, or 500 words around a particular hashtag, such as #authenticity, for a month, or for people to highlight, e.g. #apponmyphone. We’d be interested to hear your ideas.