I don't know how many on-line things you subscribe to, but at last count it's at least 30 for me: hings like catalogues from bike shops, canoe and paddling outfits, magazines, bargain notices from vendors and on and on.
There are all sorts of pastoral issues involved in this fact. For example, since I have only one email address (honest!) all personal and work stuff comes to the same address. Thus the temptation into which I lead myself: "Read and process personal stuff on church time."
OK, confession time: Yup, that happens. But on the other hand, that stuff offers a diversion when words and ideas for sermons aren't following discernible paths of sense, truth, interest, biblical faithfulness. Come on. Everybody needs a break. Gimme one and take one yourself!! But not too many or too long.
I also have a Facebook account, but brother, is it poverty-stricken. I haven't even posted a picture. Worse, I keep forgetting the password, because I have at least a dozen passwords for my two-dozen plus on-line accounts to bike shops, Amazon, Via Rail, Air Miles and more. To keep them straight, I'm thinking of printing them all with the accounts listed alongside and taping them to my file cabinet. My wife Rose says that's not a good idea. But it would sure save time.
Which is only one reason why I don't tweet. I don't have enough time to tweet, even though I have no more or less time than anyone else. I'm not all that enamoured of blogging even or following other blogs. OK, this attempt at Network blogs seems kinda fun and also has some redeeming social and pastoral purposes. (Maybe even this blog.)
But instead of taking more of your time by listing more reasons why I don't tweet, I'm going to give you a link that anyone who subscribes to Leadership on-line might have already seen. But it's a good one! Skye Jethani, editor of Leadership listed his own reasons and they're at least as good, probably better, than anything I could come up with.
Take a look at this and at some of the riotous and ironic comments at the end of Jethani's column or blog or super-long tweet or whatever it is.
Are we wasting our time yet?
By the way, I put the title of this blog in quotation marks, because if you've looked at this Pastors Network, you may have read my own article on plagiarizing. (I mean NOT plagiarizing.) Of course, Skye Jethani entitled his blog or whatever "Why I Don't Tweet," even though I wanted to write something like that. He beat me to the punch. So I HAD to quote him in the title.
Now for the pastoral punchline to this blog: After (if?) you read this or Jethani's piece, maybe you can pass it on to friends or congregation members to see if it prods them to think or respond to how we use or DON'T use all the social networking tools (or toys?) available.
Do you tweet? Follow others' tweets, blogs, Facebook? How do you find the time? How do you limit yourself?