Thanks to everybody who left a comment yesterday in support of me, that means so much! It was kind of a sh*#!@ afternoon, and I really needed that boost. Boost received and accepted!
And so, I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about this blog, and about my "Catholic life," if you will. Am I doing what God wants me to do in my faith? I'm certainly trying. But am I listening hard enough?
I've always seen this blog as a ministry, of sorts. Through the years, I've grown as a Catholic and as a writer, and I've developed a small following, whom I appreciate beyond measure. :) I have 42 beloved registered members of the blog, but I know that there are also others that read it regularly, and/or pop in from time to time, because I do see some traffic. It's modest, but I never thought I was going to become the Next Big Thing. :) If anybody out there is reading what I write (and I love to write) then I'm a happy Catholic Librarian.
But this blog's 5 year anniversary is coming up this fall. :0 How on earth did that happen? I suppose it's also how my son is now 7 and I have lots of lines around my eyes when I smile. The joys of nearing 40.
This has also been very much a "slice of life" blog, and that won't change. That was always how I saw this blog, and it's name reflects that. I write about my daily life, good things and bad. I write about my work life and my home life, my spiritual life and my private life. But I was thinking that maybe it's time to add something new in. One of the ideas I came up with recently was to feature a different Catholic devotion every so often. Maybe every 2 weeks? Very traditional devotions, but things that people may not know a lot about.
I was also thinking of reviewing more Catholic books, sort of a "book club" of sorts. When I ruminated the other day about picking up more intensive spiritual reading I started browsing over at the Kindle store for some Catholic classics. I made a quick realization: although there is certainly a ton of great stuff out there that I should still read, I do already *own* a LOT of Catholic books. I mean, a LOT. I am a librarian, after all. And yes, my print books are roughly shelved by category.
I don't have a ton of what I would call "classics" (although I do have a few), but I do have a lot of more contemporary Catholic non-fiction. I should READ it. And I will report back to you all on what I'm learning from them. That seems like a very Catholic Librarian-y thing to do.
So, I'll pick that back up next week. Does anybody have any suggestions for what you would like to see me write about? Please do leave a comment. :) I get so excited when I see new comments, you have no idea.