Here’s Something Beautiful: Friendship
I’ve known Jonathan Blundell, from the Something Beautiful podcast, for a number of years now. “Known,” in the Internet sense, or, as Philip Zimbardo chillingly calls it, the “asynchronous Internet world.”
During my time with SIM International, when I was developing my thinking around “kingdom journalism,” Jonathan was one of the kindred storytellers who caught that vision and took on the title of “kingdom journalist,” telling stories of God’s work in the world. He does that through these fantastic interviews on the Something Beautiful podcast, and, as I tell Jonathan all the time, he just has a phenomenal voice for radio!
I did my first interview for the podcast back in January 2009, where I talked about my journey from starting an underground magazine to working for Billy Graham to SIM International. However, by November 2009, I had left SIM International and was moving on to other exciting things. So a few weeks ago, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to do a follow-up interview with Jonathan, to bring him up-to-speed on what I’ve been doing since that time — and we touch on a bunch of fun topics in our conversation along way.
Last week, I had the chance to visit Dallas-Fort Worth, where Jonathan lives and works, and we were finally able to meet in person for the very first time! I’ll say it over and over again, but, in my experience, online friendship (“ambient intimacy“) — like the one I’ve had with Jonathan for several years — often leads to a stronger and stronger desire for offline, real-world connections. I’m glad we were finally able to meetup, share some rarified Texas air, talk about faith and church and family and all that good stuff. I’m honored to call him a friend (not just a Facebook friend)!