Alas, Poor Adam Greenwood, I knew him
I have a story to tell everyone.
Times and Seasons, believe it or not, was the first bloggernacle blog I ever saw. Ever. I was linked to it by a friend in the church, and even though the post I was linked to (an Adam Greenwood one) was one that I didn’t agree with, it made me feel for the first time that the conservative, orthodox position in the church could be more intellectually solid than how I had often experienced it in church.
…ok, so I lied. Actually, my friend did link me to a T&S post, but it was a Nate Oman one. But let’s just PRETEND that it was a Greenwood post because this post is dedicated to our friend.Anyway, this first post I had seen (which we will be sourcing to Adam…sorry Nate!) was THE one. Yup. I never would’ve begun blogging if if it weren’t for Adam Greenwood, even if we rarely see eye to eye.
And I’m not going to lie; Adam poisoned T&S for me (see, I did actually see a proper Greenwood post after the Oman one I enjoyed so much)…it made me look for something else. So, in fact, Adam Greenwood was what made me look for By Common Consent and Mormon Matters, and now, I’m practically a regular at MMatters!
Anyway, what I’m trying to say now is…now that Adam is leaving T&S, what now?!
It was shocking to hear someone even go as far as to suggest that T&S is becoming New Order Mormon — that’s completely out of left field for me. Yet, Adam is leaving.
What I find interesting is…how do you get to a point in your blogging history where things get to be that way? And from the topic comments, it seems like there were at least a couple of non-fans.
Reading his new blog’s reasonings on why he left make it all sound more scandalous…but also, it is illuminating. For one, it seems like he’s even more orthodox and conservative than I ever imagined, denouncing the very idea that NOMs and Cafeteria Mormons could be in his midst, especially when one of the culprits is one of his co-bloggers, Kaimi Wenger…a fraternizer with the enemy. And even in comments sympathetic to Adam’s cause, I see scathing disdain or even rebuke for more liberal members. Wow. Crazy.
But if the bloggernacle — even T&S — is becoming a haven for NOMs to masquerade as TBMs…is this a problem? For Greenwood and other true believers, certainly. But for me? Maybe not. I mean, obviously, I would never fit as a conservative orthodox blogger, but I mean, I guess it must be terrible to feel like suddenly, your blog efforts are being overrun and are dwindling into unbelief.
…this is just so SURREAL! And exciting! I wish I had more history on the bloggernacle and its key players now now. I’ll tell you guys something: I have…(lemme count)…24 tabs open in Firefox. And it’s because I wanted to make sure I got this stuff read up about, but I have so much other stuff to do too! Just crazy! I just keep going through all the comments, and it just feels so real and social. I mean, in a way, you don’t see this from the official fronts of all of these places, but what fascinates me more is how there are behind-the-scenes…there are alliances and vendettas, advocates and enemies. And in rare instances like these, it all comes spilling out. You begin to see where the various parties are camped on the battleground.