Today marks the one year anniversary of when I decided to inflict my opinions and puns on others. Yes one year ago today I started blogging at my old blogspot blog Atheist to a Theist. I blogged there for six months and considered that penitential enough before moving over to this site and Movable Type.
I have learned a lot during this year. I know this because I am more aware of how much I don’t know. I thought when I started my first blog that even though I was a fairly recent convert that I was very knowledgeable of the faith. I had spent about three years deeply immersed in the great writings and depth of the Church. After reading the posts of others in St. Blogs parish I now realize how foolish that notion was and I am daily humbled by the depth of knowledge and writing abilities of others. I am glad though that I did not know this or I would never have started and blogging is definitely cheaper than therapy.
Now some might think this blog was only an excuse to make bad puns, and they would be correct. I have never understood people apologizing for puns. Here puns are always intentional. I am a great admirer of Dr. Scott Hahn and would like to emulate him and so I evaluated my abilities next to his. Brilliant theologian, no. Able to explain complex ideas to others, no. Well written prose, well no again; mine is more like grammatical speedbumps. Bad puns, bingo! The other day in response to one of my puns, Greg Popcak left this comment “You are truly a twisted man.” Ah, praise indeed.
I keep waiting to receive the blogger’s charism of prophetic inference. Some bloggers have the ability to read a short news story about someone they don’t know in a place they have never been, and then to be able to give a detailed analysis of the thoughts and motivations of the people in the story and then sum up their life in two words. I read the same story and wonder how did they come to those conclusions, oh well – maybe some day.
When I first started I was well pleased with the five or so people who would come to my site during a day. I figured this was at least a minimum of a 500 percent increase of people paying attention to my thoughts. Once the hits started to increase a little bit I got greedy and dreamed of being mentioned in prominent Catholic blogs, The Corner, and of course InstaPundit. I am pretty much over those silly aspirations and mainly just enjoy blogging. I have included one of my song parodies at the end of this post to mock my previous attitude.
Thanks to those who read my blog on purpose, have linked to me, blogrolled this site, and left comments. Especially useful were those comments that reminded me when I was less than charitable or had generalized or missed an aspect of a topic. So before I pull a Sally Fields, here is a song parody based on “THE COVER OF THE ROLLING STONE” by Dr Hook & the Medicine Show
Well, were big blog slingers, we got golden fingers
And were linked everywhere we go [ that sounds like us ]
We rant about D.C. and what we say is the truth
At ten thousand hits in a day [ yeah right ]
We use all kind of sources, and talk about the Armed Forces
But the thrill we’ve never known, is the thrill that’ll getcha
When your post that’s pure conjecture linked on the cover at the InstaPundit
Wanna see my link as I mouse over
Wanna email the link to my mother [ Yeah! ]
Wanna see my smilin’ URL, my site to discover on the cover of the InstaPundit
I got cable news and RSS feed aggregators,
News sources from both Clinton and Bush haters
I am a chair bound world wide reporter,
Whose analysis is true all others distorters
The world is my venue, I even fisked a restaurant menu
And the ego that’ll getcha when you get your conjecture on the cover of the InstaPundit
On my site I got a InstaPundit link button
What’s wrong, are all my posts rotten?
Hat tips and credit I always supply to him,
Please turn your attention to my blog won’t you mention
Stunning insights and reasoned writing just waiting for you Glenn
My counter keeps a countin’ but I can’t get my writin’,
Linked on the cover of the InstaPundit