Believe it or not, this long, luminous streak, speckled with bright blisters and pockets of material, is a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way. But how could that be?
It turns out that we see this galaxy, named NGC 3432, oriented directly edge-on to us from our vantage point here on Earth. The galaxy’s spiral arms and bright core are hidden, and we instead see the thin strip of its very outer reaches. Dark bands of cosmic dust, patches of varying brightness and pink regions of star formation help with making out the true shape of NGC 3432 — but it’s still somewhat of a challenge!
“The Internet has given us 10 or 15 new styles of communication: long messages like blogging, and then short messages like texting and tweeting. I see it all as part of an expanding array of linguistic possibilities.” David Crystal
Recently on Twitter, I expressed that we need about 30 more bloggers who deal with the same issues that I deal with here. Elastigirl and Ryan Ashton have both suggested that we put together some sort of cooperative effort.
I cannot cover everything that is presented to me. Yet, this means some stories are not being told to a wider audience. I also feel an obligation to be available to victims whose stories I’ve told her. I’m sure some of them are not happy with me.
Can we talk about this as a community? I believe there are some folks here who could be doing what I do. I am so excited that Anna Keith has started her blog noedenelsewhere.
I have been delighted to share information with her and I hope to do some collaborative things with her in the future.
So, here are my thoughts to get the discussion going.
- Each blog should be independent. I’m not into controlling who says what.
- Therefore, there would be different websites. That way, if I say something stupid over here, Joe doesn’t get blamed for it on his blog,
- I post 3 days a week along with EChurch. However, that does not need to be the case for a new blogger.. Some might like to post 1x a week. It is helpful to readers to know the days they can expect posts.
- It takes about 8 months to develop a presence on Google. That means being consistent in posting even though a blogger doesn’t receive comments. That was the case for a few months at TWW except for some friends who wanted to be nice.
- That leads to me. I could draw attention to these independent yet somewhat affiliated blogs, posting in large print about the new posts at other blogs.
- I am also more than willing to share the workload. I could have written 6-8 posts today. if there had been others looking for something to write, I would have been more than happy to share all of those links.
- I want to help folks know how and why I do things that I do. For example, how do you listen to a victim and how to make it easier to write up their stories. Honestly, I think I could learn just as much from the new bloggers with their own ideas.
- Yes, I will discuss the liability issue with you. It’s not as onerous as you might expect.
- Some of you have particular interests like ethics. A website could be devoted to just sharing thoughts on ethics and religion.
- I have no interest in being a controlling, central figure. I just want to help you to get started getting information out there and to support victims.
- I learned something from the SBC which I will apply to this situation. Each church is a member of the SBC but each church is independent except for some specifics. What this specifics are would need to be worked out but I would thing it might have something to do with caring about victims and focusing on spiritual and sexual abuse. I could see someone who might like to discuss church polity that limits abusive tendencies. I bet some of you have other good ideas.
This is just to get us started. I look forward to your thoughts.