On the 24th of this month I completed my first five years of blogging. An article in the National Catholic Register by Tim Drake on Catholic blogging first got me following the blogs of Mark Shea, Amy Welborn, Lane Core Jr., Catholic Light and others at a time when you could go through all of the catholics blogs that existed at that time in twenty minutes or less. Like many bloggers I first got hooked by the comment sections which sometimes lead to wanting to establish your own blog. I first started out at blogspot with my first blog Atheist to a Theist and started The Curt Jester six months later.
The strange thing is that when I started my first blog I had never though of doing any sort of comedy or parody. I had intended just commentary as I was exercising my newly Catholic world view on the news of the day. Shows how little I know myself. Though I can slightly blame Victor Lams whose hilarious and creative blog led the way for me. Victor doesn’t post that much anymore, except on his myspace page.
I remember being quite happy when I was getting ten hits a day and quite a nobody in St. Blogs (a term coined by the first Catholic Blogger Kathy Shaidle who celebrates her seven years of blogging this month.) Ironically my first post that got some major traffic was my Litany of Blog Humility where one of the phrases was "where That Mark Shea may notice every blog but mine" in which Mark Shea did link to. Mark has been very kind to me over the years as have countless others. This is the part where I thank all the little people, you know the little people who I have enslaved to crank out my RSS feed and maintain my site. Though I don’t have my little people sing annoying little songs after I screw something up like those nasty Oompa Loompas. Seriously though, I have to thank my readers, commenters, and those who send me parody ideas and news stories. Being a Jester isn’t any fun unless somebody laughs back or at least groans back at one of my puns.
There are lots of things I never intended to do such as being Catholic, writing daily, and considering my lack of drawing skills – spending time doing graphic related humor. So of course I end up doing all three.