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Thursday, September 04, 2008

The next big thing

On my Lingamish blog I’ve tried to get people talking about what might be the “next big thing” for Bible blogs. The sheer number of people blogging about Bible related topics continues to snowball. Keeping track of that is far beyond what any one person can manage. So the question in my post is how can we keep track of all that wealth of information?

As readers of Better Bibles Blog, you are passionate about the Bible and I’d welcome your input.

Read it: The Next Big Thing in Bible Blogs


At Fri Sep 05, 05:06:00 AM, Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Good question. Except for a quantum leap in web technology (never easy to predict), these types of issues, I think, will continue to be resolved by specialization and aggregation.

Niche blogs (like this one and like mine, Transforming Sermons for improving sermon content and
Expository Links for finding good online commentaries) will increasingly become part of larger niche communities. This is already well underway and is shaking itself out organically. For example, when I started TS 3 or 4 years ago, I don't know if there were any other weblogs dedicated specifically and exclusively to better sermons. Now there are several. As communities grow, there's no substitute for human filtering to bring the best posts to the attention of others. These niche communities, therefore, will increasingly depend on certain link-oriented blogs to filter what's out there. Please forgive me for plugging my own blogs yet again, but that's precisely what TS and EL do.

Again, there's no telling when a quantum technological advancement may radically shift the landscape along these lines. But I'm not expecting it. I have serious doubts, at least in the intermediate term (5-15 years), that algorithms will replace human judgment in filtering what's out there. Of course if Kurzwell's singularity ever happens, all bets are off.


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