My friend Roger alerted me to this prayer via facebook called the Bloggers Prayer by TSK. I am in the process of fundraising which raises some similar kinds of questions and I found parts of the prayer extremely compelling. I will highlight the parts that stuck out to me...

Our Father 
who lives above and beyond the dimension of the internet 

Give us this day a life worth blogging
The access to words and images that express our journey with passion and integrity, 
And a secure connection to publish your daily mercies. 
Your Kingdom come into new spaces today, 
As we make known your mysteries, 
Posting by posting, 
Blog by blog. 

Give this day, 
The same ability to those less privileged, 
Whose lives speak louder than ours, 
Whose sacrifice is greater, 
Whose stories will last longer. 

Forgive us our sins, 
For blog-rolling strangers and pretending they are friends, 
For counting unique visitors but not noticing unique people
For delighting in the thousands of hits but ignoring the ONE who returns
For luring viewers but sending them away empty handed, 
For updating daily but repenting weekly. 

As we forgive those who trespass on our sites to appropriate our thoughts without reference, 
Our images without approval, 
Our ideas without linking back to us. 

Lead us not into the temptation to sell out our congregation, 
To see people as links and not as lives, 
To make our blogs look better than our actual story.
 

But deliver us from the evil of pimping ourselves instead of pointing to you, 
From turning our guests into consumers of someone else's products, 
From infatuation over the toys of technology, 
From idolatry over techology 
From fame before our time has come. 

For Yours is the power to guide the destinies behind the web logs, 
To bring hurting people into the sanctuaries of our sites, 
To give us the stickiness to follow you, no matter who is watching or reading. 
Yours is the glory that makes people second look our sites and our lives, 
Yours is the heavy ambience

For ever and ever, 
Amen

 

Its really good. I think he articulates some of the potential 'dark side' of social media. In my use of social media I desire to not see people as hits or supporters etc but as people. Precious people worthy of dignity, respect and love.