Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New on the Blogroll: Catholic Bloggers Network

There's a new item on the blogroll:


I added "Advent: Another Year of the Long Watch" to this year's Catholic Bloggers Advent Linkup.

Their 2014 Catholic Bloggers Blitz is another good idea: but I don't remember participating.

There's a reason for that: maybe not a good one, but a reason nonetheless.

Participation in the Catholic Bloggers Blitz is easy:
  • Put that button on your post or sidebar, with a link to the Catholic Bloggers Blitz
    (they've got copy-and-paste code)
  • Say what sort of blog you've got
  • Visit at least two previously-linked posts
  • Share the Catholic Bloggers Blitz link on whatever social media suits your fancy
Piece of cake, right?

Right: except Catholic Bloggers Network also, reasonably, want folks to share what sort of blog they write. Here's their second rule:

"Include the category initials at the beginning of the title or name you submit to the link-up:

RR= Readings and Reflections
CA= Catechism and Apologetics
HS= Homeschooling
LC= Liturgical Calendar
FJ= Family Journal
(Example: 'LC St Sebastian craft')"

A Catholic Citizen in America is 'none of the above.'

I quote from the Bible, and reflect on what it means; say why Catholic beliefs make sense; my wife and I homeschooled our kids; I occasionally mention what's happening in our family. I even bring up the liturgical calendar now and then.

In a way, every post is a 'reflection' on what being Catholic is like: but my posts aren't "reflections" in the sense of being a sort of sermon or homily.

I take 'truth in advertising' seriously: and don't want folks to come here expecting nice, normal reflections — and seeing the sort of stuff I do.

I'll keep on doing what I'm doing, and take part in Catholic Bloggers Network when I can. Maybe next year they'll have a 'none of the above' category.

2 comments:

Diana said...

Yes, I've been wondering how that works, with the categories. I guess mine is also "none".

Thanks, Brian. I was wondering about the whole thing, actually.

Don't look now, but I think you and I are the only geezers here ;-)

Brian Gill said...

Diana, my pleasure. :)

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