I’m surprised by the diversity within what’s known as “St. Blog’s”. You would think that the self-selective nature of blogs combined with the further grouping of hard-practicin’ Catlickers would lend a certain homogeneity. Sure, the blogs here are all friendly to orthodoxy. But variations within the terrarium are fascinating.
Those with the broadest appeal, Mark Shea and Amy Welborn, combine sound Catholic understanding with pleasing personalities. They avoid a knee-jerk conservatism or liberalism.
Other blogs explore the niches – amateur writers earnestly plying their trade, diarists, seekers of camaraderie or support, a half-dozen extremely bright people weighing in on the IOTD (issues o’ the day), a couple prigs (AWOL from St. Killjoy’s), converts and cradles and an uproariously funny ex-atheist, breast and bottle feeders, teetotalers and bingers, and Godly folk here or there whose blogs give off the perfume of saintliness.
Compared to the homogeneity I expected, St. Blog’s nearly has the biodiversity of a good bar.
I have noticed the same thing. As an atheist I thought that religion would be small and narrow, not knowing that I had imagined a world so small that I could place my head into it. St. Blog’s like the Catholic Church is wide and glorious.