Another ex-blogger has had a relapse and has returned to the blogosphere this time as a member of Stblogs.org. So a hearty welcome back to Tom of GoodForm. Tom had originally started blogging about the same time I did and he kept my then newbie spirits up with his comments.
Tom like myself and many others are still waiting for an opening at the Betty Ford center for Blogging Addiction.
I almost gave up blogging soon after starting due due to blogspot fighting me tooth and nail and the fact that every waking moment was driven towards thinking of some intelligent commentary to write. Well I got through the blogger blockage and stopped worrying about writing intelligent commentary (as if you didn’t know) to change the world like Peter and Valentine Wiggin from Ender’s Game. Many bloggers within St. Blogs have struggled with the time involved in maintaining a blog and then balancing that with time devoted to family and other apostolates. I don’t blame anyone who has decided to stop blogging, though I do wish they would place a farewell post. It is quite annoying to go to a site that all of a sudden is no longer there or is no longer updated without a note of explanation. Sometimes blog’s closing down are like losing good friends.
I almost stopped blogging again just before my Mother died earlier last year. One of the things that has kept me blogging is that I have found that writing about the Catholic faith makes me spend more time learning it to avoid just being reactionary to news and condemning others willy-nilly. Not all posts that I start to write end up seeing the light of day. Just as when I post comments at other sites, probably only half of those end up with me pressing the post button. My family also thanks my readership since I can direct my sense of humor on them instead. Prophets aren’t appreciated in their home, and neither are wannabe comedians and political pundits.
Being part of the St. Blogs community is also pretty interesting. I often wondered what would happen if we were all actually in the same parish. Would we then be arguing over which Gregorian chant should be sung. Though I would love to be in a church that had the variety of priests and the talented musicians that St. Blog’s does. I have learned much from the writers and commenters of St. Blogs. St. Blogs is like a microcosm of the universal church. People from various countries, different charisms, and focus on spirituality, Eastern, Western; yet all holding to the Catholic faith. It constantly reminds me how large the church is with plenty of room for all of us.
Here are some additions to my blogroll.
Elena of My My Domestic Church
Bec of pencil in your hand
Douglas of Belief Seeking Understanding
Some other interesting blogs are:
Hugh Hewitt has become my favorite talk show host. I listen to Rush and Sean Hannity but I enjoy Hugh the most. Sean just annoys me whenever he ventures an ill-informed opinion on his Catholic Faith. Hugh is an Evangelical with an impressive conservative record who has excellent guests and had done whole shows on the works of Dickens and the great minds in the Western tradition. He maintains a blog and takes the blogospere seriously. He often has bloggers on his show and frequently has James Lileks and Mark Steyn on.