It has now been almost 5 months since my last post. My absence has been due to 1) moving to a new country, 2) not having internet in our home for the first 3 months, 3) starting a doctoral program, and 4) not being sure how to fit the concept of blogging into my life as a PhD student.

In essence I’m questioning how much time and effort I should put into ‘joining the online discussion.’ I’m working hard to just do my PhD stuff, learn French and German, keep building my Greek and Hebrew skills, not to mention work on my research. If I keep up with this blog I think it will become a place I will post thoughts about my research, book reviews or things like that. I have decided that I feel no pressure to ‘join’ any community. This blog is a place for me to put down some of my thoughts. So, as good as the discussion online is, I feel no pressure to comment on other people’s blogs or to necessarily respond to everyone who comments on mine. I welcome all people to read my thoughts, but I have to be careful that my blog be an addition to my ongoing education not a detraction from it.

All that is to say, I’m not sure where this blog is going, but I’m not quite ready to give up on it. We’ll see.

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What is the correct blogroll etiquette? As I have been adding links on my blogroll I have been faced with the quesiton: who exactly do I add to my blogroll? This question doesn’t really come up with my Bib/Theo blogs, I know which of those I read and find beneficial. But when it comes to my Friends/Family blogs I’m at a loss.

The problem is that I don’t actually read that many blogs. I mean, sure, I read my sister and brother-in-law’s blog, mostly for pictures of my nephew (no offense Josh), but I am only aware of most of the other blogs in my Friends/Family blogroll because Sarah reads them (she is an avid blog reader). So here is my question: do I add the blogs of all my friends to my blogroll or just the blogs of those I actually read (knowing that that might be a short list)? I’m not sure. I guess, all this is to say don’t be offended if you’re not on my blogroll, I still like you (I may have just forgotten that you have a blog); and I won’t be offended if I’m not on yours. How does that sound?