Tuesday, June 2, 2009

In search of productive browsing

Thou shalt not idle away thy time, neither shalt thou bury thy talent that it may not be known.(D&C 60:13)
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can be more productive. I love to read to be enlightened, and I love to find scripture insights, but sometimes I don’t have anything of my own to share and so I go looking on the Mormon blogosphere.

As much as I love Mormon bloggers, sometimes it is hard to find something that is spiritually nourishing amongst the socializing and the debating difficult questions. So I keep searching and keep searching and several hours can go by before I realize it.

One way that I try to not idle away my time is to go searching for blogs that consistently deliver high quality scripturally-based content. It takes time to search for this stuff, and of course I can’t do it all at once, but once I find it, I put it on my blog roll. I put links to aggregators too so that I can more easily start my searches.

Another thing I’m realizing is that I’ll need to re-evaluate every so often whether the sites I regularly visit are worth the time. Do I feel enlightened and inspired after reading? Do you ever notice that sometimes what you thought was good turned out to be not helping you as much as you thought it might? (Mental note to self: be sure to make blog entries as helpful as possible.)

One thing I really like about blogs is that they enable us to fulfill the second part of the scripture above which is to make known our talent (ostensibly so that we can benefit others). I’ve noticed that there are so many different kinds of Mormon blogs with so many different emphasises. (emphases? emphasata? emphasiseses? emphasisiums?) If you are looking for FHE lessons for squirrelly toddlers, you’ll find it. If you’re looking for a Mormon view of the news, you’ll find it. If you are looking for cooking ideas, or humor, or speculation, or help with Sunday school lessons, or counseling… you’ll probably find it. And if you don’t find it, you can probably start one yourself.
27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
28 For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward. (D&C 58:27-28)