reb•e•lu•tion (reb’el lu shen) n. a teenage rebellion against the low expectations of an ungodly culture.

9/29/2005

This Blog Is Different, In A Special Way

The Rebelution is not your average blog. We don’t mean to say it’s “better” than most, but merely that it’s “different” than most. We don’t focus much on current events (with the exception of "Teens in the News"), we don’t sell anything, and we don’t randomly muse.

One could argue that The Rebelution isn’t really a weblog at all, at least, not in the traditional sense of the word. Rather, it’s a message of reform, communicated through the blog medium. It’s a self-help book, written quickly and sometimes sloppily, but in clear sections and with a common theme. It’s an online teen magazine, with comic strips, guest commentary, lively discussion and a sense of community. It’s a challenge, a vision, and a mission.

Now I don’t mean to indulge in vain or idle speculation. To the contrary, I have reached the conclusion that clarifying the nature of The Rebelution is critical to YOU getting the most out of your time here.

Though some of you may visit for no other reason than to read Jiffy N’ Lou, we hope that the vast majority of you find something exciting about our message of teenage responsibility.

The Rebelution represents a radical overthrow of basically every assumption our culture has about teenagers. For that reason Alex and I have purposefully spent these first few months laying down many foundational principles that flow counter to the lies of our culture. Including, the Myth of Adolescence series, the World Is Flat series, and our posts regarding the power of companionship, heroes vs. celebrities, our culture’s preoccupation with fun, and the rise of adultescence. (These are just a few of the many topics we’ve addressed.)

These series and independent posts represent the core message of The Rebelution. Fortunately, for those readers eager for fresh content, Alex and I plan to move on to address new topics, specifically, how these foundational principles affect different areas of life, including how we speak, what we wear, where we go, etc. etc. etc.

However, because of the unique nature of The Rebelution, even those readers who just recently started reading our blog should not skip these core principles. You see, because The Rebelution is written much like a book you will get the most out of it by reading it from beginning to end, rather than from middle to end (or something to that extent).

Now, this doesn’t mean you have to go back and read every post we’ve ever written. And it also doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to understand or relate to our new topics if you haven’t read the old ones. However, I would encourage you to take the time every so often to explore the past series and "popular independent posts" listed on the sidebar to the right. Because The Rebelution is a cohesive message this will serve to compliment your future reading and give you a better understanding of what we’re all about.

Thanks for your time.