Banner of Heaven
A Declaration  May 30, 2005

The Banner — May 30 @ 5:42am

When in the course of the bloggernacle it becomes necessary for one blog to assume the separate and equal station to which it is entitled, a decent respect for the other blogs out there requires that they should declare the reason that impels them to exist.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that not all bloggers are created equal, that they blog for various reasons, that among these are to sound smart, to argue with total strangers, and to advance and defend ideas that for the most part they came up with all by themselves—that to accomplish these purposes group blogs are instituted upon the ‘net, deriving their prestige from the number of graduate degrees that have been collected—that whenever any or all blogs become rife with self-aggrandizement and navel-gazing, it is the right of the people to try and do better, to institute a new blog, layings its foundation on such principles and organizing its permabloggers in such form, as to them seems most likely to effect brutal honesty, plain-speaking, and insight into the lives of Mormons just like you. Such has been the patient suffering of these lurkers and commenters, and such is now the necessity that constrains them to alter all former systems of blogging.

So then, we are dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored old blogs we may take increased caution to avoid those misguided purposes listed above to which they give the most full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that such old blogs will not have crusted over in vain—that this blog, the Banner of Heaven, shall give a new birth of fresh perspective—and that posts about real people, by real people, and for real people will not perish from the earth.


  1. Word!

    Greg Fox — May 31, 2005 @ 9:28am
  2. Hey, just noticed your blog and it looks great!

    john fowles — May 31, 2005 @ 11:07am
  3. Thanks John! Good to see a Bloggernacle fixture dropping in!!

    Jenn — May 31, 2005 @ 11:28am
  4. Fabulous. Another blockbuster group blog I’m not invited to join! ;-> Well, at least I made your blogroll. (Not that that says much—who didn’t?)

    Actually I’m not jealous so much of the audience you’ll surely garner, but more to see another slick technical layout that kicks tail over Blogger. And looking up this “” host I see that they’ll host WordPress for free. I’m too lazy right now, but perhaps I’ll be knocking on J. Stapely’s door at some point, looking for some of his legendary WordPress help.

    Seriously guys, good luck!

    Christian Y. Cardall (TSM) — May 31, 2005 @ 7:41pm
  5. Look forward to reading it - the elitest attitude that is occasionally present throughout much of the bloggernacle is indeed tiresome…

    Sue — June 1, 2005 @ 9:37am
  6. Welcome to the ‘Nacle! I’ll certainly be checking in.

    danithew — June 1, 2005 @ 10:12am
  7. Greg,

    It’s “Stand and Deliver” not “Stand Up and Deliver”. Unless you are thinking of a different movie than I am. The one I am thinking of is about high school math class. The one you have named seems to be about Chris Rock delivering pizza.

    a random john — June 1, 2005 @ 10:50am
  8. Random John, you are one tough number! We’ll change it, :)

    Jenn — June 1, 2005 @ 10:53am
  9. a random John: Censored already! Dammit I’ll never fit in with the Mormons. –a random Greg

    Greg Fox — June 1, 2005 @ 12:07pm
  10. Welcome! So this is like reality blogging, is it? I’ve been told more than once that I don’t live in the real world—and I’m pretty fond of inspecting my lovely navel and admiring my gorgeous PhD—so I may have a good chance of being the first commenter banned from the Banner. But I’m excited to take a look around! Best of luck.

    Rosalynde — June 1, 2005 @ 2:16pm
  11. Miranda, did you write this thing? It’s pure blogging gold!

    SeptimusH — June 1, 2005 @ 3:18pm

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