Anyone who is lucky (or unfortunate) enough to have stumbled upon this blog may be wondering, "Where the heck does the name Ploni Almoni come from?"
The name Ploni Almoni comes from the book of Ruth in the Old Testament.
No sooner had Boaz gone up to the gate and sat down there than the next-of-kin, of whom Boaz had spoken, came passing by. So Boaz said, ‘Come over, friend; sit down here.’ And he went over and sat down. (NRSV Ruth 4:1)
The word translated as "friend" in Hebrew is, you guessed it, פלני אלמני. (Hebrew is hard enough to do on a computer by itself, let alone with the vowels. As such, I think most of my Hebrew on this blog, unless it's really necessary, will be without the vowels.) The basic function of ploni almoni in Hebrew is as an alias meaning "Joe Schmo," or "John Doe," or "Mr. So-and-So." I chose this name not because I want to conceal my identity, but rather because I am just a random guy (a "Mr. So-and-So") sharing some of my thoughts.
So, what will be discussed on Mr. So-and-So's Mormon blog? Anything I feel like! Mostly Mormon stuff, as you might guess, as well as stuff related to my two areas of academic study (Ancient Near Eastern Studies and German Studies). But I may occasionally venture out into other topics: popular culture, literature, politics, music, etc.
I will also probably cross-post stuff I write elsewhere, like the BYU Student Review, the FairMormon Blog, Interpreter, etc. I will also use this blog to draw attention to what other friends and acquaintances of mine post on their own blogs.
I suppose it's customary to do a little "about me" thing, isn't it? Okay, why not? Everything you need to know about me for the purposes of this blog you can find here and here.
I'll permit comments on my blog under the following conditions:
1. The comments are constructive and contribute to the discussion. I don't mind people expressing disagreement (even if it is vehement disagreement), so long as the disagreement doesn't create trouble or inordinate contention.
2. The comments are free from obscenities or vulgarities.
3. The comments don't violate standards of common decency and Internet etiquette.
Mr. Almoni reserves the right to delete comments as he wishes–especially if they violate any of the three rules above. (For the rationale behind why I reserve the right to do such on my own blog, see the persuasive arguments presented by Emperor Palpatine here.)
With all of that out of the way, all I can now say is:
Willkommen! Eintritt auf eigene Gefahr!