Really. Not faith stuff, just churchy stuff.
There's a large LDS presence on these here interwebs (and an equally large ex/anti LDS presence). I had heard rumours about it, but have frankly avoided it for years. Let's face it, religions are open to all persons, and every religion has it's weird-os and extremists. The LDS are not immune. In fact, I would go so far as to say that every ward/branch has at least one.
It has been my further observation that the wierdos of the world love their interwebs, so I had a suspicion that if I were to trip blithely into online LDS-world I would encounter an above average proportion of those wierdos. I would visit the official website when preparing talks or lessons (and until the new version last year that was a nightmare of innavigatability). BK (Before Kids) I loved to read and ponder the wonderful articles over at Meridian Magazine, and every now and then I'd amuse myself over at MormonTown. (which I think is gone now? I can't find it.) That was about it. I had no desire to dip my toes in any further.
When I returned recently to the crazy world of the interweb, I discovered blogs. My blog roll has been a living, evolving thing and I only recently found some great mommy blogs. Some of those mommys coincidently happen to be LDS. The other day Sue posted that she had been asked to blog at Feminist Mormon Housewives. You all know I love Sue and would follow her just about anywhere, so off I went to see what this was all about.
I liked it.
I really liked it.
Sure, if you find a controversial enough post like this one the wierdos poke their heads out in the comments. (who knew that a talk that I loved would inflame so much controversy. it was exactly what i needed to hear but apparently i was in the minority and the majority felt judged and marginalized.) Overall though, I found the dialogue to be both compassionate and intelligent; something that is sometimes lacking (certainly in online forums). I
wasted enjoyed a great deal of time there yesterday hopping around to look at old posts.
I did learn something; however, to assure me that the mormon culture (I think of it as the shared Utah brain) is alive and well.
This site and others affiliated with it? They're called the bloggernacle.
Yeah. Although, in their defense, most seem to have their tongue firmly in cheek over the title.
Anyway, I've reorganized my links to help out my LDS readers (hey--I have readers! I do! The stats say so! Just because YOU never comment....) should they be inclined to poke their head into the bloggernacle (ha! I just can't say that with a straight face)
Oh, and Silvi, if you're out there, check out Sugardoodle. I wouldn't get through Primary without it.