by Sr. Mary Thill, OSF
When I signed up to do a blog or two for this website, I really didn’t know exactly what a blog was and I had read others so I just sort of went by what others wrote. I’m at a loss for words today so I thought I would look up the definition of just what a blog is and go from there.
A blog (a truncation for “weblog”) is a discussion or informational
website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete,
often informal diary-style text entries (posts). +Wikepedia
Further on in the website, there was a list of ten things to consider in a blog. I especially liked #8 Write from the heart, so that is what I’m doing this time. People tell me that I write as I talk. When they read something I wrote they feel like I’m talking to them and I do feel that is exactly what I’m doing most of the time. Even when I write minutes for meetings I’m more conversational than some minute-takers and besides, it helps me stay awake during the meeting. It also makes for more interesting reading for those who have attended the meeting and refreshes the content of the meeting in a more personal way. At least that’s what I’ve been told.
Another reason for writing about blogging is that there wasn’t one specific thing or person or place that I wanted to write about today. I thought about writing about the importance of legacy, one’s personal legacy, and I will probably do that in the future. Our Sister Geraldine Paluszak’s Storyworth bound book about her life is something I wish we all could do before we move on to greener pastures. I’m a follower of Father Richard Rohr and his daily reflections from his Center for Action and Contemplation often set off inspiring and challenging themes for my continued spiritual growth and ongoing formation. Even a quotation from a variety of spiritual writers can set me off on a journey that helps me clarify something I’ve been thinking about or wrestling with for a long time. I receive a Spiritual Practice of the Day from a Spirituality and Practice website that launches me into writing my monthly Spiritually Speaking column for a local newspaper, HEALTHY LIVING NEWS. That’s been going on for 24 years!
So you see, a blog can actually be a tool for communicating to others what’s going on in your life and sharing your wisdom and insights, your struggles and sorrows in an open forum. What I like about it is that the reader can agree or reject what you wrote and do so in a civilized way or not, it’s totally up to them. Sometimes I get comments and sometimes I don’t and I’m just glad that I was able to share my thoughts from the heart with a broader audience. Praise God for the many and varied gifts we are to one another!