I saw as part of my Catholic blogger’s contract that I was remiss in posting on Amy Welborn’s move to a new blog and new format.
As a long time reader of her blog from back in the days when it was called In Between Naps (which started Sep 10, 2001) and then Open Book when she moved to Typepad I have mixed feelings. One thing for sure is I really admire her honesty in evaluating that her blog was getting in the way as an author and that even though she turned out some fine books, she felt she could have done better. Anybody that maintains a frequently updated blog knows exactly how much effort and a time drain it can be.
One of the great thing about her previous blog was not just the frequently updated news pertaining to the Catholic world, but the comment section and the responses from a wide variety of readers. When she choose to write commentary on these stories it was always worth reading. Now of course we have a wide variety of ways to get the latest Catholic news, we just won’t get the commentary and the large set of reader’s reactions as easily. Mark Shea has a lively comment section, but the type of stories he links to are not always the same as what Amy would post.
Though the positive thing is that the new blog will have good commentary on the subjects she chooses to write on and so will really be more of her writing instead of just being a sort of Catholic InstaPundit with links galore.