What does the excommunication of John and Kate mean for the Bloggernacle?

I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but the New York Times reports that John Dehlin and Kate Kelly face excommunication with church leaders.

I’m not going to discuss the morality or the logistics of these actions. I’m sure there will many others who will. What I am interested in is how this will affect the Bloggernacle.

Our Thoughts has been around for 11 years. It’s one of the oldest LDS-themed blogs, and about six months after it’s founding is when others started to pop up everywhere.

The Bloggernacle has served as a great vehicle for discussion difficult issues or questions without anyone fearing judgement or retribution. People felt comfortable expressing their doubts, and many found it cathartic and encouraging.

With Dehlin and Kelly facing excommunication, will it change the Bloggernacle. Will people stop asking difficult questions or sharing troubling doubts? Will people end up leaving the church because there’s nowhere to work through their challenges?

What do you think?

Mormon Archipelago De-listed Our Thoughts!

But that’s because we asked them to. Or rather, I did.

Did I ask it because they offended me? Nope. Do I disagree with any of their past actions? Nope. Do I find them repulsive? Nope. Do I think they are censors or totalitarian? Nope. You can fill in the rest of the rhetoric, and likely my response will still be no.

Mormon Archipelago has become the de facto (and publicly-declared) official aggregator of the bloggernacle. So much so in fact that when someone’s blog gets kicked off or moved to a box below the fold, that someone go into a hissy fit. I’m tired of it.

The Mormon Archipelago is a good idea and one of the best implemented when it was first released. Heck, I even helped start it. I used it occasionally to keep up on new posts around the Bloggernacle. I still think it’s a good service and tool. But we don’t tie our success to it. In fact, for every 100 visitors, only 25 come from the MA. We have more visitors coming from Google than we do from the MA.

The Mormon archipelago is not the Bloggernacle. Nor does it say who is part of the Bloggernacle and who is not. The sooner more people realise this, the sooner we’ll stop having sandbox fights and mudslinging matches.

So why did we leave? To prove a point. The Bloggernacle doesn’t revolve around the Mormon Archipelago, and the Mormon Archipelago doesn’t revolve around you.

Commenting on the Bloggernacle

I read many more Bloggernacle posts than I comment on. Often, many of the things I have to say have already been said or the post has just left me speechless. Or the post has made me reflective and by the time I have come up with a conclusion after all that introspection, I forget where I read the post.

Anyhow, I do read many of the posts even if you don’t seem commenting.

Just sayin.