Blogs and Blogging: May 2004 Archives

The Return of the 7 Habitus

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I’d like to thank Smockmamma for inquiring after me since I dropped off the face of the earth. All is well. I have not been posting here because I have been mulling over completely ending the 7 Habitus. Let me explain.

In February, I was on extended travel in Puerto Rico. This trips had a profound effect on me; I learned a great deal, some of which I may share in future posts. Anyway, it was time away from the blog.

Then, in mid-March I came down with a severe cold which ultimately turned into pneumonia. I was sick for nearly a month, although not completely debilitated. During this time I did not feel at all like keeping up with the blog. Then the idea occurred to me that perhaps it was time to let the blog pass into history. I even had begun composing a swan song post for the blog, explaining why it should go to blog heaven. There were several things that made me think this way.

One of the reasons I wanted to do this was to get into the habit of writing on a regular basis. I wanted to start the blog because I believe there is great truth in the old adage, “practice makes perfect.” I thought it might force me to sit down and do the writing I might not otherwise do. I did learn a lot about writing from doing this blog, however it was not what I expected. My swan song blog post would have explained that the blog taught me not only about writing, it taught me about the power of words. There’s any number of things I have written here, put down in the heat of the moment that should never have seen the light of day. I don’t know how many people I may have offended, if not hurt, but I am sorry for it. After this, if I do continue here I will do my best to write a post and then wait a day or two before “publication”, just to be sure that what I have written is done with charity and to God’s glory.

I also hoped to devote time to writing things that might be published in a real publication. In the last two or three weeks I have got two articles written that I hope to submit to one or two real magazines. Egoistic perhaps, but there it is. My focus in the future will, even if I continue here, be on more serious writing.

Finally, I was beginning to enjoy the quiet. The thought crossed my mind that there is enough noise in the world and my contribution was hardly vital. I could not think of any real positive contribution I could make to all the talk going on in the world.

Now, you may be asking yourself what changed my mind. Well, it was Mark’s excellent post over at Vociferous Yappings regarding a surplus of anger surfacing within St. Blogs. I don’t know why, but the thought immediately came to me that perhaps I should continue here. If I continue I will try earnestly to focus on being charitable at all times and, as stated above, doing all to God’s glory. There is enough anger in the world, and it certainly has no place here at St. Blog’s. I expect, I think we all should expect, that comments from those who may not share our love of God and the Church might manifest anger or coarseness, but I hope all of us who are St. Blogs members can refrain from such things. As I said, I don’t know where this idea came from. I am not trying to say that whether I continue here or not makes a difference to the over all tenor of discussion around our “virtual parish.” My point is, that perhaps not continuing here just leaves more of the “floor” to those inclined not to be civil. I would also say that I have personally not seen much evidence of totally inappropriate behavior around St. Blogs and I hope it does not become widespread.

Like Mark, I really don’t know what the point of the blog will be from here on. I will give that some thought. I will try to avoid politics, other than that; I really don’t know which direction to head in. Suggestions are welcome.

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