Riddle's Theory of Blogging

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I've probably said this before, but scouting through the blogworld tonight I am reminded of my central tenet in blogging.

The most interesting thing about a blogger is the person him or herself. There are many ways to tell people about who you are, but the most interesting way is simply to tell me something about your life. Not intimate details, thank you so very much. But moments--how your dog sleeps, what it looks like out your window right now, what you watch on television or listen to. All of these things are much more profoundly interesting to me than commentary on the news or politics. Of course, I learn much from these as well, but I learn the diversity of being human, being Catholic, being a parent from those bloggers who are willing to share from their experiences. I also admire the boldly opinated--Talmida, Nathan, and Erik. I like people with the courage of their convictions even if we might not see eye-to-eye on everything--sorry Erik no monarchy constitutional or otherwise. Differences of opinion add spice so long as they are shared charitably.

So, be yourself, write who you are and don't be afraid to be. I know I'm not and God knows you've been with me long enough to know that you can expect just about anything from the appallingly idiotic to well the somewhat-less-appallingly idiotic. As Dorothy Parker commented about Katherine Hepburn's performance in a play called "The Lake"--"She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B." Yep! Vers-a-tile describes me to a T! If I don't slap you upside the head with God one way, I'll find another.

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I'm not quite as charitable as you are. I like the boldly opinionated too as long as they agree w me.


I have no problem with disagreement so long as it takes the form, this is how is see the world and am going to act on it. But I do not take well, "this is how I see the world and how you should act on it," particularly when the latter doesn't quite jibe with Church teaching.

Other than that--I was once in flagrant dissent, perhaps even a heretic, God brought me into the fold and continues to bring me by people who put up with me. It's the least I can do for those I disagree with. Moreover, there's the remote possibility that if I listen I might actually learn something. (But I am pretty well insulated against that.)



Ah, you will come around eventually. When you do, holler, and I will send you an official Coronation Portrait of yours truly, Holy Roman Emperor of Europe (minus Great Britain and Ireland, The Netherlands and Scandinavia) and San Francisco!

If you are wondering, I made a trade with the Holy Roman Emperor of North America. He is a bit of an Anglophile, so the trade made sense. Of course he made me take Daly City as well, so I stuck him with Scandinavia and the Netherlands. I think I would rather have Daly City than Sweden. They don't make Volvos in Daly City, after all.



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