If you are reading this, well then you read blogs. Chances are you probably write one, or have, or will. We all love our faith, no doubt about it. We all think we have something important to say about it too, and many of us do. But few of us will ever grow up to be superstar priests with our own blog, book deal, worldwide apostolate and DVD series. Few of us will sign a deal to write a weekly column for an online portal or be a regular paid contributor in some widely read magazine or newspaper. Some of us wont care, and some of us will, but the fact remains for most of us that blogging is a hobby in the least and a spiritual outlet in the best case.
In the past few weeks a ton of Catholic books, written by Catholic writer-bloggers have come out or announced their release date. At the same time, a major Catholic portal has announced several new additions to their rosters. Add to this the scandals of celebrity priests, the addition of several podcasts to the landscape, and the new projects popping up each day around the blogosphere and one can start to believe that just about everyone but they themselves are getting asked to “write for profit.” That isn’t the case, but blogging can definitely play with your ego and with your confidence.
We all have our favorite blogs and bloggers and we all have people that we admire, in terms of what they say and how they say it. Occasionally I will read a blog or a post and think, “Wow, that sounds like something I would say, only 13675 times better than I ever could! Maybe I should quit blogging and quit cluttering the blogosphere.” But then, why did I start blogging or reading in the first place? Was it to get a million readers? Was it for a book deal? Was it to become fabulously wealthy?
Or maybe you only read blogs, and your favorite blog has changed or started writing about things that dont really interest you? Maybe in a really bad scenario a blog that was bringing you closer to God is now taking you in the wrong direction? Does that mean that blogging is bad, or that we should give up? Probably not.
So what about us? What about the daily Catholic blogger that prays and toils over a simple little blog post? What about us, the blogger that puts their heart and soul into everything they write, and is so excited because their stat counter hits 12 for the day, up 4 readers from yesterday? Well to you I say, you are the most important writer out there. Don’t believe me? Ask those 12 people. Go ahead, ask them. No wait, don’t. Instead, ask that one that visits you everyday. Sure, we might not know who they are, but have a conversation in their head. Ask them why they even bother visiting your simpleton little blog when they could be over at Father X’s blog or the Cantankerous Catholic reading something profound. I know some of you are thinking this because I’ve had the conversation with more than one person. I’ve thought it myself, these 12 people are wasting their time.
But they aren’t.
We all walk different paths. What touches us, might just touch someone else. We would never treat friendship in our daily lives the way we treat blogging would we? Would we say our friendship with one or two isn’t worth it because well, so-and-so has 50 friends? No, we cherish what we have, and realize that some of us are called to be certain things that might not necessarily be what we want or think is “best” but is surely what God thinks is best for us.
Some of my favorite blogs have a tiny following. In fact, I like it that way because it means that what they are saying touches me, and comes from the heart. They aren’t worried about what they are saying, or to whom they are saying it. Instead they focus on the message and not the method or the means. I often talk with various people about the Catholic faith and can hear in their statements ideas that I have read on different blogs, or sometimes even word for word or thought for thought arguments about certain topics. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I sometimes wonder if we aren’t pinning our backs to the souls of others in a somewhat dangerous way.
We don’t get to Heaven, or out of Purgatory faster based on how many Google Followers we have, so it shouldn’t matter. But what might matter is how your writing speaks to another, or what you say and how you say it. Remember, God left the 99 and went after the 1. Do the same, realize your calling. So, in other words, your 12 followers read what you say because it is important to them, so make it important to you. Look, blogging isn’t going to save the entire world, but it might save a soul or two. It also might grow your own, so do it in a responsible way, and do it for a right reason.
So what about us? Well, we are what make the blogosphere. We are the names at the end of the credits on a movie that no one even stays to watch, but make the movie happen. If God knows each of us by name, he knows each of our posts by heart. So when you write… write with passion, with love, and with a Christo-centric heart. And don’t worry about who is writing for who, or how many followers they have. If you have but one… that is one more than the devil wants, and one more than God needs. So don’t lose sight of what is important, and don’t stop doing what your heart prompts.
Category: New Media