Why I blog

This post is aimed at my friends and the many people who have disagreed with me over the years. I have been at M* for six years now, and I have some experience under my belt. You might be interested in hearing why I continue to do this.

The first point I would like to make is that I have a firm testimony of the restored gospel. I have seen so many incredible things happen in my life since being baptized nearly 12 years ago that I am bursting to share those things with the people around me. Doing so on M* seems a good forum to do this, but I also share my experiences with the people I encounter and the many people to whom I hand out books of Mormon.

The second point is that I blog about other issues because I learn things. I don’t have an advanced degree, but I am interested in hundreds of different subjects, and discussing them with other people necessarily involves learning something new.

Let me give you some examples.

In 1990, I completely bought the Jim Hansen story about global warming. New information since then has led me to know that this story is untrue.

From 2003-2008, I completely bought the Bush/neo-con line on foreign policy and the war on terror. New information since then has led me to know that I was completely wrong.

In 2008, I was a huge, vocal opponent of gay marriage. I support the Church’s position on this issue, but I have come to the position that this is a battle that probably is lost in the long term and that Mormons will eventually have to accept the government getting out of the marriage business.

There is a pattern here. By reading, discussing and pondering, we learn new things. if you have an open mind, your positions on the issues may evolve. I favor a balanced federal budget, but I may not favor a balanced budget amendment. There are nuances to every discussion and if you discuss things with smart people, and you are willing to hear out their side of the issues, you may learn something new.

This does not mean that I will agree with you, especially on fiscal or economic issues, which I believe are very urgent right now. This does not mean I will always be able to maintain a pleasant, non-confrontational tone when I discuss things. I am human, and I get annoyed and lash out just like anybody else. But I promise to keep on trying to maintain an open mind and hear you out.

We at M* have banned three people (that I know of) over the six years of our existence. The reason is that these people, after repeated, and I mean repeated, warnings broke the rules of our blog. Every blog is a private enterprise that is allowed to set up its own rules. I don’t think anybody at M* disagrees with the banning of these people.

For the rest of you, I look forward to a great, entertaining and informative year. Remember, you will probably disagree with the things that I and others here write. But we are not writing things to make you angry — we are exploring ideas. Those ideas and positions may change over time as new information becomes available, so if you disagree your best recourse is to continue to challenge and discuss in a polite way. The fastest way to ensure a person doesn’t change his or her views is to disagree in an contentious, impolite way.

Happy 2011 to all!

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About Geoff B.

Geoff B has had three main careers. Some of them have overlapped. After attending Stanford University (class of 1985), he worked in journalism for several years until about 1992, when he took up his second career in telecommunications sales. In 1995, he took up his favorite and third career as father. Soon thereafter, Heavenly Father hit him over the head with a two-by-four (wielded by the Holy Ghost) and he woke up from a long sleep. Since then, he's been learning a lot about the Gospel. He still has a lot to learn. Geoff's held several Church callings: young men's president, high priest group leader, member of the bishopric, stake director of public affairs, media specialist for church public affairs, high councilman. He tries his best in his callings but usually falls short. Geoff has five children and lives in Colorado.

10 thoughts on “Why I blog

  1. When I first started blogging, my personal blog had a political theme and I was actively campaigning for GWB. Over the years, I have moderated my political views and find myself cringing when I think that I ever campaigned or advocated voting for GWB.

    I love learning from other bloggers and commenters. It is a fun process, really. I look forward to learning more in 2011!

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  3. Nice post, Geoff. I liked blogging for similar reasons.

    Brian, you can take solace in remembering that your alternatives were Al Gore and John Kerry.

  4. Thanks for this little insight on your reason to blog. For me it is because I like to teach new things I learn (like you) and because I love to write. Placing words down for others to read and interact with can be exhilarating. Sharing my thoughts and ideas was always difficult for me growing up. The Internet has allowed me to open up in ways that were not available about 20 years ago. Hope we all continue learning, teaching, and having fun.

  5. Love it, Geoff. Keep the posts coming. Now I’m going to have to introspect and figure out why I spend so much time on what might seem like a useless hobby. ;)

  6. Geoff, I’ll have to disagree with you: I don’t disagree with you on your posted thoughts….

    And what kind of sucking up do we have to do to not be kicked off this list?

  7. Rame, comments like #7 will definitely get you banned. You’re not allowed to disagree with me about the fact that you don’t disagree with me.

    But more seriously, I love your comments — keep them coming.

  8. If Geoff wanted to kick off all people that disagreed with him, he would have started with me. :)

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