The Blogosphere. Not to be confused with a TV sci-fi outer planet community but a term coined by Jennette Fulda in Half-Assed. Describing the online communites of blogs and bloggers.
Why blog? Fulda talks about leaving a map.
And about the embarrassment of being found, exposed by those who know you in-real-life.
She writes ~
Then my mom found the blog..I wanted to curl up in the fetal position..I never thought my mom would crash my online party.That's what I got for teaching her how to use Google. Now my family would know exactly who I was. This was the scariest thing about emblogessment. They would see me as I was around my online friends, which was not always the same way I was around my family..I'd said things on my blog I'd never said to anyone..I'd put all my vulnerable, fleshy bits out there for everyone to see, and that came with the risk of getting poked with a stick.
I find, in the world of Catholic bloggers, that many of us write under pseudonyms. Out of necessity.
I know I have pseudonyms for some of the online communities I frequent.
But on this blog I am me. Leonie. Since this is one way, my way, of keeping in touch with old friends, and current friends, and a way of connecting with new friends.
The trouble with being open in the Catholic blogging world?
As Fulda says above, you are vulnerable.
You are Catholic, says one reader in email. You even like the Traditional Mass. You homeschool. And yet you write of listening to Blondie, reading about Madonna, and use words like frak.
What can I say? I am eclectic, catholic even in taste.
I don't pretend to be the best Catholic around. I just aim to keep on trying to be better. To work towards that perfection of which Our Lord speaks.
Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48
I love reading blogs of others. Homeschool blogs. Catholic blogs. Blogs of friends. Fitness and weight loss blogs.
I think we bloggers leave maps and directories, with stories and discussions and questions of our world, our thoughts, actions, observations.
I like the differences. Even the disagreements.
Either we must speak as we dress, or dress as we speak. Why do we profess one thing and display another? -St. Jerome.
The Saint is talking of dress and modesty in dress. But I think the statement applies to blogging.
We preach charity? Then show charity in blogging. Disagreements and criticism allowed. But in a spirit of charity.
I write - speak - on this blog as I dress - as I am. A Catholic living in today's world, embracing some things old and some things new. Working my way through a possible minefield. Reading and praying. And loving. Looking for direction alongside my family and friends.
God’s invitation to become saints is for all, not just a few. Sanctity therefore must be accessible to all. In what does it consist? In a lot of activity? No. In doing extraordinary things? No, this could not be for everybody and at all times. Therefore, sanctity consists in doing good, and in doing this good in whatever condition and place God has placed us. Nothing more, nothing outside of this.
Blessed Loius Tezza