Dear Parish Blog

keep-calm+bloggingDear Parish Blog and Parish Blog Readers,

I’m so sorry that it appears that I have abandoned you. I opened the blog today and nearly fell over when I saw that the last post went up on July 12; that one being written by parishioner Don Wilson. And I’m back to post something else from Don, but I will post this first, and his will publish tomorrow.

This blog got started during the summer of 2007, over 7 years ago. I was new to the parish and the area back then, and a blog felt like something that I could do to contribute to St. Edward’s. Fr. Pat gave me the go-ahead, so off I went.

Over the years, many of you have submitted posts, either once, or multiple times. For a time, we had regular writers, but one got her own blog, and others dropped out for various personal reasons. These comings and goings  were fine, because as The Book of Ecclesiastes tells us, “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.

We specifically seek guest posts during Advent and Lent, another tradition dating back to 2007, although they were first posted on the parish website, then they migrated to the blog.  Advent and Lent remain the times when we are most popular, with many more readers than usual.

imagesThis blog also got started when I was transitioning out of a job in NYC, and moving here. I was unemployed for most of 2008, which gave me more time. Somehow while beginning both work and grad school, and while maintaining my own blog, I kept plugging away. Then I started a blog for my work parish, as part of a practicum in grad school. Still all the plates kept spinning, and I tried hard to keep up, although the same copy would often appear on all three sites.

By time this summer rolled around I knew that I had to cut back and let go, so I did. Truth be told, I am spending more time (although hardly consistently) trying to write more and post to my own blog. Every now and then I get a paid writing assignment, like right now when I am overdue on submitting two pieces. I kept thinking, that I would get back to this blog, and post – but that has yet to happen. And yes, I do sleep and exercise more now that I am not trying to “do it all.” But still – what about the blog?

Don Wilson got in touch with me to post something that you will see tomorrow, from his recent prison retreat with the REC group. That was what brought me face to face with the blog dashboard, and the reality that it has been over three months since the last post.

I am really, really sorry – although I am not sure who is even reading this any longer. Nonetheless, I feel like I have dropped the plate, so to speak, and it may have smashed.

There’s some discerning to do around the more regular posting, although I do promise you that Advent reflections will be back in about a month. Please join me in prayer so that the right decisions can be made. Thank you.

And stay tuned – Don’s post will go up tomorrow!

Thanks for reading, back then and now.

Fran

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3 responses to “Dear Parish Blog

  1. Mary Ellen

    Glad you are back! I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to the Advent reflections.

  2. Kathleen

    Missed you Fran!

  3. Dear Mary Ellen and Kathleen, Thanks for your comments, which touch me deeply. I am not 100% sure of what I am going to do, so thanks for your prayers.

    If nothing else, Advent will be here, so thanks for your affirmation about that!