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1 July, 2013 — 11 Comments

Two weeks ago (14 June 2013) I submitted my doctoral thesis for examination. So what do I do now? “Why not start a blog?” I thought.


I’ve pondered blogging for years but haven’t really had the gumption to give it a serious go. Narrowing down the topic area has made the thought of doing this more manageable: sticking with things to do with communication, church, and society will keep me from blogging about cats or what I cooked for dinner.

Getting the domain name MikeCrudge.com seems a wee bit self-promotion-like (for a typical New Zealander who just wants to blend in), but I thought: “it’s my voice, so I might as well use my name… and my hand writing… and show my face…”

At the same time I’m going to try twitter with a focus on communication, church, and society, and a Facebook page connected into this orbit as well. This blog has the ability to send email updates too, so if you’re not into RSS and would like a weekly email of my posts, find the red button either below this post or at the top of the page.

I like Oxford commas, can’t spell well without a computer, don’t always get words like effect and affect around the right way, and often prefer to sit on stuff and think about it rather than put it out there for the world to see. So being serious about a blog will probably be good for me.

If you ever feel like commenting about anything, I will appreciate the engagement – which will also be good for me, as I think and formulate ideas. If you have any suggestions please let me know.

If you want to know more about me or this blog check out the “about” page.

Lets see how this goes!

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  • Jody

    Mike! This is a blog I want to read! I look forward to many good ideas and a few funny spelling mistakes (only some of which I will be able to identify).

    • Is there a spelling mistake already!? [sigh]
      I’m glad I can entertain in unsuspecting ways :)

      • Jody

        I didn’t see any mistakes – was just picking up on your description of yourself :)

  • not a wild hera

    Yay! Welcome to blogworld! Looking forward to reading more.

  • Chris

    blogging too can be redeemed Mike and I expect you to lead the way!

  • dalecampbell

    Go Mike Go! :)

  • Maurice

    Well Done Mike
    Taking the message of Christ and his loving salvation into the future, and like the prophets of old, wrestling with the tensions of understanding and application.
    Blessings by the truckload

  • KAte

    What is an Oxford comma. Mike!?

    • Hi Kate
      When there is a list of 3 or more things, an Oxford comma is placed immediately before the last ‘and’. For example, a list of three things with an Oxford comma, which is more common in American than British English, would look like this:

      …adults, children, and monkeys.

      It would also be correct to list them without an Oxford comma like this:

      …adults, children and monkeys.

      The problem with this second list is that there could be some ambiguity with the grouping of children and monkeys: am I trying to convey a stronger connection between them than adults? Wikipedia does a better job of explaining this than me:

      I think I picked this up when I was 11 years old and having a year of schooling using an America system. The added clarity makes so much sense to me I think Oxford commas should be compulsory!

  • JamesF

    Nice work Mike. Looking forward to reading your insights.