First Mark Shea does blog fasts during Lent. Then he took time off for some other writing work and now he is going on a blog holiday until he finishes writing his latest book. What’s the big idea? Putting support of your family ahead of your blog readers? Well I do wish Mark God speed on this project literally. May God speed him through so that I may again have a daily dose of his wit, sarcasm, and the ability to annoy people by taking the Gospel and what the Catholic faith teaches seriously. I will be looking forward to his new book Behold your Mother: An Evangelical Discovers the Blessed Virgin Mary.
So after much thought and prayer, I have decided to suspend this blog till that project is well and truly done. I don’t know how long that will take, but I firmly believe it is what the Holy Spirit has been bugging me to do for some time and I have been avoiding doing.
My reasons for avoiding it are not especially noble. Cranky as I can be here, I value the companionship of my readers. The life of a writer consists of sitting in a room by oneself. For an extrovert like me, that’s solitary confinement and a lonesome business. The blog has been a way to avoid that to a degree and I’ve been loath to give it up.
I can sympathize with that struggle. Blogging can become quite time intensive and you have to watch carefully to keep it from infringing on your responsibilities. Unlike Mark though I am not an extrovert. More like a gregarious introvert, but I do enjoy the contacts and friendships that have developed via blogging and I would be sore to have to give it up.