Monday, November 4, 2002

On spewage, blogging and other effluence...

You know, when I started this blog, I had a couple of goals in mind.

First, I wanted a spot to work out column ideas, and those of you who read OSV know that I've put it to good use there. I also had a small community of regular visitors to my regular webpage, and I found myself wanting to share thoughts and links with them more frequently, but without the hassle of HTML-ing it every day. Then I discovered Instapundit and Relapsed Catholic, figured out what they were doing, and saw the Blogger software as the perfect way to do accomplish my goals.

Little did I know that it would be become a community of sorts in itself, part of a wider Catholic blogging community. It's mostly the comments system that's made this possible. I installed comments because I was getting about 40 emails a day regarding posts, and it became impossible to keep up with them. Commenting cut my email down by 90%, and became a wonderful way for readers to interact, and to share information that enhanced the original post (which is the kind of comment I like the best.) I'm happy with the whole thing, but I do have a word for voluminous commentors: Blogger. I appreciate your insights, but you really might consider getting your own blog so that your perspective can shine forth free and clear, unimpeded by the rest of us. It's free. It's just about effortless. If you need help with a bit of HTML, just ask any one of us. But really. Consider it.

Over the next week, I'm going to be making some changes. I am going to redo this template - don't worry - nothing radical, but I did find something new that keeps the photos at the top in the way I like them, but fixes up this bottom part to make it cleaner. I'm also going to be redoing my regular webpage, not in terms of design, because I don't have the time to do that, but in terms of content - just slightly. I have a slew of columns I need to add, and I'm going to clean up the links and such.

Over the past three months, I have done far more "linking" than "thinking" kind of posts. That's because I've been finishing up book manuscripts. Those are done, and now I must turn to book proposals, but slowly but surely, I'm feeling the ability to direct some "thinking" to this spot return.

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