Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Meme: How I Started Blogging

Esther tagged me for this new meme.

How did you start blogging?

As a writer and a Catholic, I wanted to get the authentic message out about the Catholic faith. I was tired of the secular press bashing Catholics and wanted to make a difference in the way the news about our faith was presented to the public. As an educator and pro-life activist, I was especially concerned that so few Catholics knew much about pro-life issues and living out the faith in their lives. I received lots of emails and information about important life issues and forwarded these to people, but wanted to be able to share this information with a wider group of people; hence, I started blogging. I discussed what I was attempting to do with my Spiritual Father and he heartily approved and encouraged me in my apostolate.

Did you intend to have a blog with a big following? If so, how did you go about getting it?

Not really, In fact I had no idea of how to write a blog when I first started and when I received my first meme, I didn't have any idea what it was. I thought it was spam, so I deleted it. I knew my readership would start out small and was later surprised to learn how many readers I actually had.

Did I intend to have a big following? No. I just asked the Lord to send those readers here who really needed to hear the pro-faith, pro-family, pro-life message and would benefit from it. Over time, I also learned that one of the advantages of blogging is meeting some really super people and making friends online.

What do you hope to achieve or accomplish with your blog? Have you been successful? If not, do you have a plan to achieve those goals?

I had hoped to bring Jesus to the hearts of my readers and to bring them closer to Him. I had also hoped to open the eyes and the ears of those entrapped in the culture of death. Only God knows how well that is being accomplished.

Through my blog, I continue to encourage all my readers to strive to live holy lives no matter what state of life they are in or where they are at spiritually. Wherever they are spiritually, I want to plant the seed to encourage them to lead more virtuous lives for the love of God. I want to make them aware of what they can do to achieve this in concrete ways.

I will never know how successful I am in carrying out God's will in this life. It is more important that I am obedient in carrying out His will. It is important to me that I continue to persevere in carrying out His will in this life.

Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?

My blog has changed slightly to the extent that I write and post about a wider variety of topics than I did when I first started. Initially, I wrote mostly just about saints and pro-life issues. Now I include book reviews, movies reviews, Catholic art, some personal photos, and other areas of interest, hoping to attract a wider range of readers. I think it's important that a blog include some fun like quizzes, games, and humor to stimulate interest. It has to be fun and interesting for me to continue to stay motivated.

What do you know now that you wish you'd known when you started?

That it doesn't really matter whether you're the best writer in the world, it's more important that you persevere in writing about your "passion". If you are enthused, others will be, too.

Do you make money with your blog?
No, this is my apostolate or ministry.

Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why?

A few of them do, but most lead very active lives and aren't into spending time on the Internet. However, my husband, Bill, reads it faithfully.

What two pieces of advice would you give to a new blogger? I have to give the same answers as Esther here.

1.Post regularly.

2. If you are not sure whether or not to publish a particular post, especially if it is critical or negative, don't post it. That way, you won't regret it later.

I tag the following five people for this meme:

Barb, SFO Mom

Thomas, American Papist

Suzanne, Big Blue Wave

Paul, Thoughts of a Regular Guy

Wolftracker, Kansas City Catholic