July 25, 2006
Brayden's Place in History
Posted by Gordon Smith

Last week Dave's Mormon Inquiry offered a definition and thick description of the "Bloggernacle":

Blog•er•nac•le \'blä-gər-na-kəl\ n. [shortened from Bloggernacle Choir] (2004) 1:The set of all personal weblogs that host discussions of Mormon-related topics from a relatively faithful perspective.  See Wikipedia entry "Bloggernacle" for etymology. See Origins of T&S for historical background.

For the uninitiated, "T&S" stands for Times & Seasons, the most popular Mormon group blog where I am one of a bevy of bloggers. If you follow the origins link in Dave's definition, you will find another link on the word "bloggernacle" that takes you to this post by my co-blogger, Matt Evans. That post, in turn, links to another post, this time by Concurring Opinions mainstay Kaimi Wenger entitled, "The Nameless Mormon Blogosphere," where Kaimi wrote:

The Revealer, a religion blog affiliated with NYU and the Pew Trusts, notes that while the Jewish and Catholic blogospheres have their own names (jBlog and St. Blog’s Parish, respectively) the Mormon blogosphere lacks any sort of nifty moniker.  Such a deplorable situation clearly cannot be allowed to continue!

So, what exactly should we call the LDS blogosphere, which is getting rather large, interesting, and multifacted?

I am grateful that Kaimi's nominations failed. They included such offerings as "Blogham Young University" and "Salt Blog City." Nevertheless, Kaimi gets credit for raising the issue, and the winning name first saw light 26 minutes after Kaimi posted, when a commenter who uses the moniker "Grasshopper" suggested "Bloggernacle Choir." Nice work!

So, you ask, how does Brayden figure in this story? I will let you hear it from the horse's mouth, so to speak:

I hate to toot my own horn here, but I pointed out the existence of the Bloggernacle (before it was thus named) to Jeff Sharlett of The Revealer, who then wrote about it in his daily post -- the post that drew Kaimi’s attention to Mormon bloggers’ namelessness. Sharlett later discussed the impact of religious blogging at the Bloggercon conference, which served as the inspiration for the post [by David Winer, then of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, who referenced the "Bloggernacle" on his blog]. Sorry for the shameful self-reference, but I didn’t want to be written out of this history so soon.

And now you know the rest of the story.

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