Friday, March 03, 2006

Oh...

I missed this blog's one-year anniversary , which was sometime last month. There's no cause to gloat--I've had 8,000 visitors this year, at least half of which visitors were probably me since I could never manage to get the bloody software to stop recognizing me. Anyway, I ignored all the how-to-make-your-blog-succesful advice. Once an academic linked to me, I started talking about religion. Once the Mormons started to link to me, I started to talk about French Literature. And on it goes. Unless one hopes to make money from blogging, I'm finding that it's important not to care too much about one's very hypothetical audience.

6 Comments:

Anonymous sajia:

Hey, I'm a Bangali student in Vancouver and I visit your site every other day! The only reason I don't comment is that I don't feel knowledgable enough to add anything.

3/04/2006 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

Good to hear from you on at least one occasion, then! UBC? Simon Frazier? or is it Frasier; probably should have looked it up for the proper spelling...

3/04/2006 06:29:00 PM  
Blogger CharleyCarp:

Fraser.

I'm kind of surprised to see that the Canadian explorer, for whom the university was named, wasn't related to the British general of the same name killed at Saratoga.

3/04/2006 11:39:00 PM  
Anonymous sajia:

Actually I'm a community college student at Douglas, which (I think) is in the process of becoming a university college.
Am I correct in guessing that you found parallels in the Mormon and Middle Eastern Mormon experience?
We both justify polygamy and are treated with distrust by mainstream Christian conservative America, after all ...

3/05/2006 03:39:00 PM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

Is there a Middle Eastern Mormon experience?

More seriously, yes, I feel as though I understand how being in a minoritarian religious position can influence one's politics. And you're right to focus on the sex and gender questions; the arrangement of "home" and whom one fucks goes straight to the center of a culture. I'm a long ways away from polygamy, but it remains part of my family's past.

Whether my memory of my family's polygamy has anything to do with the institution as it exists in Islamic communities today reverts to me to the very basic question of modernization (etc.).

But yes, Mormons in my experience tend to have more sympathy with persecuted minoritarian religions. My family quietly, ambivalently, mourned even the Branch Davidians.

3/06/2006 02:03:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

Oh, and I've been getting pretty serious with a mostly secular Shi'ite Muslim for the past--wow, is it almost a year?

3/06/2006 02:05:00 AM  

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