Comment Card

Hello Everyone,

You may have noticed lately that I've changed my blogging style. I had settled into a style of 2-3 posts a week, each reading like a chapter out of a doctoral dissertation. Long and technical. Lately, I've been experimenting with short, newsy, topical posts, linking to something of interest. I'm still doing the 2-3 longer posts each week (for example, I'm walking through the research I did with students about torture attitudes and there was my Veteran's Day post) but sprinkled between these are quick hit, quirky and topical posts. You may hate the change or like it. Let me know if you care to. I'm just playing around with all this.

Anyway, I didn't want you to think I was having some kind of manic episode or something. It's just an experiment I'm up to.

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13 thoughts on “Comment Card”

  1. I've only commented once, but read when I get a chance. I enjoy the shorter posts as I only take time to read the longer ones every now and then. The shorter ones give me a chance to read and engage in intelligent conversation on interesting topics on a more regular basis.

  2. Yes, I love both posting "styles". I'll read everything you write.

    I've been meaning to gripe, though, about the comment box. The javascript disables copy+paste, the arrow keys, ctrl+ actions, etc - it's rather annoying, especially when I've wanted to cite an article or quote a comment I'm responding to.

    Any way to fix it?

  3. Daniel,
    Someone else recently commented about that. To be honest, I don't know enough about it to fix it. I'll have to find someone who can help me out. I'll ask around. In the meantime, apologies for the annoyance.

  4. I like both too, but I'd like to get a bit of your own take on the shorter posts. Be 50% news guy, and 50% pundit, that would be cool.

  5. I'm not quite sure if it's impatience, lack of focus, or unwillingness to dedicate the time necessary, but I seldom can commit myself to reading through the longer posts. Nothing against your posts at all, but I just seldom read through the longer ones -- I'm sure they're great. It's probably the same reason why I can't read through an entire book -- just too long for my attention span. I enjoy the short thought provoking my vote would be to keep them around too...continue the mix of both.

    It's funny because when I actually write, mine are always really long too...guess my focus for writing and focus for reading are different...HA! I'm the person who is always having to cut out words in my facebook status' because they are too long...HA!

    Thanks for keeping us thinking!

  6. I don't comment at all but I am a faithful daily reader of the blog. I'm happy with whatever you do!

  7. I would say a mix of both as well. I read all of the shorter posts, and the longer ones if it's something that really holds my attention. Your posts about universalism and a malthusian view of original sin a while back were great.

  8. I like a mix of both also. Somedays I have severe blog attention deficit disorder (badd)and the shorter posts are all I can handle. On my 'more time' days, I tackle the longer ones.

  9. Dr. Beck,
    Especially since you're now doing these shorter posts, I would enjoy seeing your take on the recent article in The Atlantic which suggests that the prosperity gospel taught by so many churches might have been the cause of the recent economic crash.
    -John P.

  10. Dr. Beck,

    I'm throwing in a chip for the more depth. I'm particularly interested in the value you add to theological topics via psychology. I don't know of anyone else who makes this particular blend of information accessible to a general audience the way you do. I'm reading either way. But since you asked.

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