A Blog Post About… Blogging, Blah-Blah Blogging

It was not long ago when an interviewer called to talk to me about being a Roman Catholic blogger in the Albany diocese. For someone who always has a lot to say, I must admit to being a bit dumbstruck. The article appears here and includes my real-life friends Mary DeTurris Poust, Deacon Neil Hook and Fr. Richard Vosko. (For the record, with respect to the author of the article, I have corresponded with and interviewed the wonderful James Martin, SJ – but, befriend is a strong word. Deacon Greg Kandra on the other hand is a met-in-person, in regular touch with, beloved and trusted friend of mine. That’s us over there!

I thought that my interview my come out all “errr…. ummm… well, you know…”  I think it came out sounding like “blah-blah blogging!” At least that is my fear.

It was not the first time I have been interviewed on the topic and who knows if it will be the last.

Yesterday I was driving to my job at Immaculate Conception and was listening to the Parliamentary hearings from the UK around the phone hacking scandal. One of the members of parliament was talking about how media in general, including social media, needed better standards. (massive understatement!) He then referred to the “blags.” It was his accent and I am not mocking, but it caught my attention. He then went on for a few moments about the “blags” and “blaggers.” Blah-blah blogging!

The third thing on this circuitous path to a post is this. Earlier in the week I was at my home parish of St. Edward the Confessor, at a meeting with someone from a website design firm and the topic of the parish blog came up. This gentleman implied that blogging was on life support, a soon-to-be thing of the past. It did not make me happy to hear that, but there is some truth to it.

If you are a marketer. If you are a marketer or a news organization or anyone trying only to get quick attention, forget blogging. A 300 word post on your new product or service will be lost in the ad clutter. I did not spend 29 years in the media business for nothing; I get that. If I had a business it would be Twitter and Facebook, all the way.

So what is my long-winded point? (I told you I always have a lot to say!) 

My point is this – I do not think blogging is going away any time soon. At least I hope not.

Blogging, which I have been doing in one form or another since 2007, has helped me to better see and understand the world around me and my own place in it – personally, spiritually and politically.

In the midst of hard core (who remain beloved to me) lefty bloggers, I found my political center. In the midst of a group of passionate Episcopalian bloggers, (who I continue to be in prayerful blogging/Facebook and real-life friendship community with) I discovered the depth of my Catholic faith. In addition I have had great discussions and learned much from Buddhists, Jews, atheists, Lutherans, Evangelicals, Pentacostalists, agnostics, Muslims, Hindus, humanists and of course, the SBNR people.(Spiritual but not religious.) Without a doubt, I am a better Catholic because of all of this, of that I am certain.

As for my Catholic blogging friends-  we are engaged in discussions, theological and otherwise that are transformational for all of us. And I can promise you, we have many, many disagreements, but what binds us is our common love for the Church and how the Church is in the world!

If you are not familiar with blogging, which is quite different than reading a newspaper or some other static thing,  blogging offers the chance for conversation via the comments. I also think that that is a big plus of using blogging and Facebook together, the opportunity to have a discussion.

That is how we are transformed. That is how community is discovered and built. Both this blog and the parish blog are about gathering community more than anything else.

In the past year this blog and my parish blog have both floundered a bit. Last summer I was very ill and the summer was lost to me. The fall proved to be too busy for a variety of over-committed reasons. Then came January and a new year presented our family with a major challenge when my husband’s sister became ill and subsequently died, blogging fell to the bottom of the list. I had no time, I also had so little to say.

As I mentioned the other day, I am trying to find my footing again, but without you – well there is no footing!  It is community and conversation that we are trying to build here, not a one-way-ideological-my-way-or-the-highway-zone.

If you are new, I welcome you and I sincerely hope that you will say something. If you don’t want to comment, then please drop me an email and let me know that you are here.

Now, to think of things to write about. If you have ideas, you can put them in the comments to, or if you have questions.

I have to go now… I have a lot of blogs to read!  (This will be cross-posted on The Parish Blog of St. Edward the Confessor)


10 thoughts on “A Blog Post About… Blogging, Blah-Blah Blogging

  1. Go girl !! Great to have you back and great post too.By the way we don't all speak like that in the UK I can assure you.(Only the intelligentsia! and generally the ones that have gone to fee -paying schools )I am also hoping you can visit and leave pithy enlightening comments for me at my blog – unashamed plugging here. :-))Blessings


  2. Fran, I too hope that blogging is not dying. Much as I enjoy Facebook and the ability to quickly put up a news link and a comment and get into a discussion over there, blogging allows thoughts to be more fleshed out and refined – and that means less chance of being misunderstood.


  3. I don't think blogging is dying. I even have a hunch that bloggers still blog in heaven. We have just not found the way yet of reading their posts:-))


  4. I started reading blogs in 2004 and started my first blog in 2006. Blogging may have reached it's zenith, but I don't think it will die. Facebook and Twitter are just micro blogs; I remember saying at one time that "someday everyone will have a blog and this will be how people keep in touch." Well Facebook is kind of that. And it didn't take 10 years, it took maybe 2.It makes me wonder what the next big thing will be.


  5. Since I despise FB and Twitter isn't even on my radar screen, please keep on blogging. It is far more informative than the sound bites (word bites?) of the aforementioned. I also enjoy reading the comments and occasionally interacting with other readers in this format.


  6. I got into blogging when I realized the magazine market for essayists like me was nearly all gone. Blogging allowed me to write essays AND get them published in less than 6-9 months. w00t. I believe blogging probably pushed e-publishing to happen more quickly.Blogging will be around as long as there are writers. I think everyone needs to remember that Twitter (and FB) were always intended to be "micro-blogging" platforms. I worry about the long-copy spew I'm seeing on Google Plus. As an editor, I will not accept posts that run much more than 400 wds on any blog I edit. I tell writers to turn it into a 2-3 part series if what they need to say runs longer.


  7. I actually think blogging will outlast Twitter and maybe Facebook. The reason I prefer to read blogs rather that Tweets (I don't even do Twitter) is that more depth is possible in a blog, Twitter is shallow by definition. I do kind of enjoy Facebook, as a way to keep up with my extended family and old friends. I don't see how people can be friends with 700 people, though; I don't know if I can even name 700 people!I definitely see the use of a blog for a writer.And I like your statement, "It is community and conversation that we are trying to build here, not a one-way-ideological-my-way-or-the-highway-zone."


  8. Here!Whatever you want to blog about is fine with me!(And I secretly wish to know how you personally resolve the issues of women in the priesthood and gays in the church! –but that's a tall order!)Love you Fran –and glad you are gearing up to blog again.


  9. If you're still looking for blogging topics, how about a discussion of the ways we as Christian believers try to make sense of senseless tragedies? I'm talking about stuff like the Norway tragedy, but also the smaller, more personal tragedies, like this one:http://www.lhj.com/relationships/family/raising-kids/life-after-the-death-of-my-children/I have been haunted by this story since I read it this weekend. The author lost her three little daughters in a fatal car crash. She asked a priest "Why were all three taken from me?" He replied that maybe they needed to stay together. Which of course didn't answer anything; I'm not sure there was anything he really could have said that would have helped. Maybe a more honest answer would have been just "I don't know." She is no longer going to church; I'm sure she feels abandoned by God. We read inspiring stories of "guardian angel moments", times when people were saved from death or injury by seemingly miraculous intervention. It's just how do we make sense of times when people are seemingly left hanging out to dry?


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