When I read this blog post at Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex, the line above came to mind. I was actually thinking more about the parishioners I see leave. I’m far more sad about them. After five years in a parish, it seems I know more of the deceased, and many funerals have become more difficult as my attachments to the community grow. We’ve also said good-bye to our eighth priest in three years this past week. Another good friend who assisted in the moderation of the chess club, and whose two children sang in the choir has relocated to Chicago. I will miss all of them deeply.
Getting back to the blog question, David posted:
At some point it begins to begin to feel like a burden and one begins to wonder if it is of any real benefit to anyone. We have reached that point at times ourselves. Any way, I was thinking that it would be interesting to compile a list of good blogs from St. Blogs that have ceased operating in the last couple of years that you wish would not have.
Like David, I have to confess I don’t lurk as much as I used to when I didn’t blog. Very often, I wonder about the value of quitting. I don’t think I’m under any false assumptions Catholic Sensibility is of wide benefit in the Catholic sphere, let alone St Blog’s. Most of the posts and discussion here on Vatican II and post-conciliar documents you can and maybe should ask your pastor or adult ed director at your parish to conduct in my stead.
We get 300 to 600 hits a day here, and unlike the Big Blogs, I don’t have to worry about monitoring comments or queue them up for approval. If I were doing that, it would be a waste of my time, I think. I’m satisfied writing for a small audience. And it seems to have more of a point than other writing exercises.
I suspect some people tire of blogging because of the emotions, especially the negative ones. I’ve had personal correspondence with many bloggers outside of the comboxes, and often, once we get past the unpleasantries of the blogotariat, we find ourselves communicating in a productive, even friendly way. Blogs may be quick, easy pleasures. Probably not the very best in communications media ever devised.
I can’t say I’m terribly sad that some blogs retire. Of the four David mentioned, two included the words “rage” and “angry” in their titles. I’m not sorry to see them closed down. Confession may be good for the soul, but indulging in such emotions strikes me as counterproductive, if not contrary to Christianity, John 2:13 ff notwithstanding.
I think many good writers are gaining a better mastery over the blog format. There are certainly more good blogs out there today than when I was first introduced to them six years ago. And the increasing number of collaborative blogs is also a very positive sign. So I’d say we’re moving perhaps from the stone age of blogs to the iron age. More, and more better, is yet to come.