Monday, April 23, 2007

Poll-Release Monday #12

Yea, so what if it's 45 minutes until midnight. Better late than never, right? Here's the new poll for this week:
  • What do you think I should add to my blog?
    • Commentary on current events
    • Thoughts about my everyday life and struggles
    • Random posts about whatever I find interesting, amusing, or stupid
    • Up-to-date Catholic news stories
    • Other (type your own option in the space provided)
I've been trying to think of ways to make my blog more popular without selling out. I certainly don't want this to be a copycat blog that tries to do what everyone else does. But, if there is something that my readers would like to see more of, and it's something that I think I could legitimately offer, than I want to offer it.

I want as many people as possible to benefit from this blog. My concern is that it doesn't appeal to the majority of Catholics because the content is technical in nature (although I always try to explain things in a way that is easy to understand). For example, Jimmy Akin's blog is technically an apologetics blog, but he does a little bit of everything over there. Same with Mark Shea. Of course, Amy Welborn and Happy Catholic have two of the most popular blogs in the entire blogosphere and they aren't centered around apologetics or theology at all. Again, I'm not necessarily trying to be like them. But, I would like to learn from what makes them so successful.

Actually, that's a good question: What makes them so successful?

One thing I notice is that they post daily, and several times a day. I'm convinced that Amy Welborn and Happy Catholic never leave there computers. I don't know how I could ever post as prolifically as they do. I also notice that what makes a lot of these blogs so popular is that people go to them to get a well-informed opinion on current events. People want to know how to think about and understand what the media is reporting. They want to know the Catholic response to things that are scandalous and libelous in the media. My problem with that is that sometimes I don't know what to think about what the media reports either! Other times I feel like my opinion is not an educated one, or not very intellectually stimulating. Do people really care what phatcatholic thinks about the murders at Virginia Tech or the supposed eradication of limbo? I guess that's the type of thing I am here to find out.

Then again, perhaps I should do nothing. Maybe I should just do what I do, let them do what they do, and everyone can live happily ever after. I dunno, I just want this blog to be great. Tell me what I can do to make this blog better and I'll tell you if I can accomodate that. As long as I'm true to self, we're all gravy.

Vote in the poll (in the sidebar). Leave comments. Help me make this blog the best Catholic blog in the entire flippin blogosphere.

As for last week's poll ("Which Apostle do you identify with the most?"), here are the results:

Peter came in first place with 17 votes, followed by John and Thomas with 8 votes a piece.

It's easy to identify with Peter, isn't it? He didn't always think before he spoke, didn't always understand what Jesus was trying to tell him, didn't always put his will before that of Christ, even buckled under pressure and denied Jesus. But, he never gave up. He was always a passionate man, and when his passion was focused it was a force to be reckoned with. Amid the blunders are moments of brilliance, moments of inspiration. And when it mattered most, he was a Rock for those in his care.

I think my favorite episode in Peter's life is immediately after Jesus' Eucharistic discourse, when Jesus had just finished telling the Apostles and the crowd a most unparalleled truth: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you have no life in you. Can you image how Peter must have felt? He was surely confused, and maybe even afraid. But he was also intuitive. He knew what the other Apostles were feeling, and when Jesus asked them what they would do in the face of his teaching, Peter immediately answered for them, and with a childlike faith.

67 Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?"
68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life;
69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."

May we all be more like Peter.

St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles and Rock of the Church....pray for us.

Pax Christi,


Laura H. said...

What about St. John?!

btw, HC doesn't live at her computer. She reads way too much for that. ;)

Shellie said...

I'm going to suggest more everyday events; personal photos as you're able. From what I've read that's a huge part of success.

I recommend, if you're serious about building a better blog, reading:

Chris G. An excellent blog on blogging. You'd like his free download on flagship content I bet.


Anonymous said...

Honestly, I started coming here because of the "technical nature". It offers exactly what I'm looking for. I am also very interested your thoughts and struggles about everyday life - truly appreciated your conversion story.

OTOH, I am not interested in current events, political cartoons, etc. That's the stuff I get elsewhere.

My suggestion is that you continue to offer what you do very, very well.... and leave the other alone.

Just my personal input,


Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I second Ryan--I find this blog helpful because it does focus on the doctrinal teachings of the Church. Random stuff every now and then can help shake things up, but I wouldn't suggest posting current events. However, maybe current events can provide the spark for an apologetic-oriented post (e.g., the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court ruling on partial ban abortions could be parlayed into understanding the Church's teaching on the legitimate/illegitimate foundations and uses of the civil law). Just some thoughts.


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