"The Long Tail" is all the rage right now, not just the recent book, but the concept. Andrew Jones has a great thought on the Long Tail, and what it might have to do with blogging and Jesus.
Jesus and the long tail?
Jesus told his disciples that the Spirit would remind them of everything he told them [Luke 12:11-12] and that they should not worry what to say when arrested because it would be given them [Mt 10:19].
It was obvious that much of his teaching, especially in parables, would
not be fully understood immediately but would come into play at a later
time – a long tail of sorts.
He also taught his disciples that ”every
teacher of the law [‘Scribe’] who has been instructed about the kingdom
of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom
new treasures as well as old.“ [Matthew 13:52]
The blogs of spiritual teachers should be like those storerooms where
there are consistently fresh thoughts that are daily, timely and
relevant and also older treasures that find themselves suddenly
aggregated out of the long tail into the present reality, given to the
right people at the right time by the Spirit.
Fresh! I notice that some of my posts have a long tail; that is, they continue to be found by people months after I wrote them, through search and feed-clicking. You think previous posts are long-forgotten, but people find stuff, and hopefully they find it fresh, and hopefully the Spirit is at work to give people the words they need at the right time. Yeah, I think the Spirit works through the Internet. Why not?
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