Avoiding the ‘digital-era sweatshop’

“Religion is part of the explosion of online communications,” said Douglas Gould, president of the New York-based communications firm Douglas Gould and Company. He notes that 20 percent of the country’s 8 million blogs address religion.
With so many cyberspace options, a word of thanks is due to the faithful few who visit here. The opportunity to share ideas in this way is enjoyable and different from opinion sharing in the print media.It is doubtful I would have jumped into blogging last year without the encouragement (make that coercion) of online editor Bruce Gourley and contributing editor Tony Cartledge. But I enjoy this forum — even though Tony is more faithful.
Our goal is to post at least six times a week. I don’t always meet my weekend obligation — or meet it on time.
In addition to being executive editor of Baptists Today, I assume the weekend titles of assistant coach for the 10-and-under Fireflies girls fast-pitch softball team and interim preaching minister for Mt. Zion Baptist Church. So blogging has to be squeezed in there somewhere between those duties.
The wonderful benefits of the Internet bring challenges as well. One is avoiding the temptation to be “on” for 24/7. Bruce forwarded a New York Times
about the health crises some avid bloggers are experiencing.
The writer calls the Internet a “digital-era sweatshop” for some.
While most of us are not so consumed by this emerging communications venue, there is still a need for warnings.
Internet engagement is a matter of balance, or stewardship if you prefer.
The separation between work and personal time can get blurred. For me, it happens when I feel the need to send “just one email” or “check on my blog.” And then discover I’ve spent two hours away from family with work-related stuff that could have waited until morning.
Balance, balance, balance.It’s needed in blogging as well as every other area of our lives.

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  1. balance, balance, balance …. is the key to every area of life. While I had heard that one way or another for most of my life, I didn’t fully grasp the concept until I decided to self-teach myself to swim using a technique called Total Immersion (seemed appropriate for a Baptist 🙂 Until then I had considered balance more from a juggling perspective (work, play, family, church, etc.) rather than actually balance like laying on water. Essentially all persons can balance in water, but only a few have mastered it. While body type is a factor, nearly all body types can learn to do it and thus ultimately become efficient swimmers the TI way. I found that hooking my feet around a pool’s lane marker and laying back in the water, arms to side, hands laying on thighs, head submerged up to corner of eyes, that the notion of “not sinking” gets imprinted. The stability of the feet wrapped around the lane marker permits relaxation, a key balance. Once imprinted into the subconscious then all other things swimming become possible because one knows they can always lay on their back and get all the air they need indefinitely. TI uses a sequence of progressive drills from the face-up on the back position that allows everyone to develop an efficient and smooth stroke. An important part of the progression is to never practice struggle …. when struggle is encountered, revert back to a step/phase you can do with competence and practice that instead.

    I think about experiencing laying on the water as a conversion experience from which everything else builds. It requires yielding self to trust the water to hold you. Sometimes I have to go back to laying on the water to get the next step right even though I have already had it right some of the time.

    It is not just avoiding practicing struggle, it is also actively practicing the very basics that matters.

    balance, balance, balance …. is the key to every area of life.

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