United Brethren has retired.

The Mormon Archipelago

Revised edition 3.ii.05: welcome to New Cool Thang.

In a Bloggernacle dominated by Target and Walmart (or the United States and the Soviet Union, or Manchester United and Chelsea - choose your metaphor), what are the Mom and Pop stores to do? What hope is there for the Lichtenstein's and Andorra's of this world? Should Tottenham Hotspur and Charlton Athletic even bother to show up?

Membership of the Archipelago provides moral support to the small blogs and involves:

1. Displaying the logo (courtesy of Mr. Stapley's artistic skills).
2. Being willing (if your blog can do it and it won't totally mess up your site layout) to add a little RSS feed that will display the latest posts within the Archipelago.
3. Giving the Archipelagoan blogs a special subsection in your links.
4. Being open to ad-hoc guest blogging rotations and other collaborations.
5. Generally offering support to the other member blogs in any way you see fit.
6. Subscribing to the tenor of Eugene England's quote: "precisely in the struggle to be obedient while maintaining integrity, to have faith while being true to reason, to serve and love in the face of imperfections and offenses, we can gain the humility to allow divine power to transform."

That's it basically. Nothing too pretentious, just a few bloggers offering a little extra friendship. Now, who can join?

I hope this doesn't sound too Skull and Bones-ish, but it's an invitation only club. This isn't because we're total snobs, it's simply because we have no desire in taking over the 'Nacle. We think it would be a great idea if lots of the little blogs set-up similar small, strategic alliances. We don't want the Mormon Archipelago to be too big. We think small is good. At this stage, we imagine a membership of about 5. Blogs can come and go, of course, so it will hopefully remain fresh. And because this is a new enterprise we're going to add one blog at a time. We've had quite a few people say they are interested and are honoured. Please be patient, then, if we take things slowly.

P.S. New members have to be agreed upon by all existing members.
P.P.S. Journal blogs are not what we really have in mind.

Welcome to the Mormon Archipelago: for all the little guys in the world. Email ronan at jhu dot edu.

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (January 26, 2005 5:42 PM) 

I updated the post and lost the comments. Sorry. To sum: send me an email! 

Posted by Ronan


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (January 26, 2005 8:58 PM) 

Nice idea. Catchy term. Cool icon. 

Posted by Dave


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (January 26, 2005 11:07 PM) 

Hmm, wonder if I can join.


Posted by Stephen M (Ethesis)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (January 27, 2005 9:17 PM) 

Ouch, I'd posted, was interested. 

Posted by Stephen M (Ethesis)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (January 27, 2005 9:56 PM) 

Stephen (and everyone else),
J. and I are still working out how to do all of this. Watch this space! 

Posted by Ronan


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (January 28, 2005 8:26 AM) 

BTW, anyone in Dallas ought to make the Plano fireside with Jan Shipps a bloggernacle outing. 

Posted by Stephen M (Ethesis)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (January 29, 2005 9:52 AM) 

Walmart? Target? A poor metaphor, man. More like Microsoft and Apple.

But I think anything to encourage puclishing and idea development in the Bloggernacle is a good thing. 

Posted by Steve Evans


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (January 29, 2005 10:57 AM) 

I've linked to http://headlife.blogspot.com/unitedbrethren/index.html to get things started ;)

Posted by Stephen M (Ethesis)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (February 01, 2005 9:03 AM) 

Still watching the space -- any chance for a link to my blog under your "blogs" section? I've linked to yours, for what that is worth. 

Posted by Stephen M (Ethesis)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (February 01, 2005 4:17 PM) 

Manchester United and Chelsea? Nah. We're Real Madrid and Barcelona. 

Posted by Kaimi


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (February 02, 2005 9:19 PM) 

Ah, got the message that my blog isn't the type you are looking for as it is somewhat of a journal blog.

Thanks for the heads up. 

Posted by Stephen M (Ethesis)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (February 02, 2005 10:50 PM) 

No decisions are yet final. We're only adding one blog at a time and there were a few ahead of you in the queue. So please bear with us. And we shall continue to enjoy Ethesis...

Posted by Ronan


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (February 04, 2005 7:44 AM) 

"Should Tottenham Hotspur and Charlton Athletic even bother to show up?"
Yeah! First- because sometimes they win. Second, because by doing so they change the outcome of the Manchester Uniteds, the Chelseas and the Arsenals. Because they've got a shot in the FA cup- and when things are really bad- because they're fighting relegation.

So- if the arhipeligo is being limmited to about 5, but those 5 will rotate a bit how will that be determined- is there some sort of table? Are there lower divisions from which blogs can move up? If so, how exactly does a play in work in the blogosphere? 

Posted by Mike


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (February 04, 2005 7:42 PM) 

"Are there lower divisions from which blogs can move up?"
Wow, I guess I'm in the big leagues now. 

Posted by John C.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (February 05, 2005 9:14 AM) 

Mike, I imagine that if any of the Archipelago blogs fall into disuse then they'll be replaced. Hey, it could happen.
JC, you've always been in the big leagues. 

Posted by Ronan


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