I’ve really appreciated the reflections from this blog’s founding editors today. When I first heard that the blog was seeking writers a little over a year ago, the following thoughts went through my head:
- Hey, if I wrote for that blog, I could accomplish my goal of writing more often for a real audience. (Up until last year, I spent hours on pieces that only my writers’ groups and closest friends saw).
- Hey, maybe those people would be more interested in my musings (sometimes rants) on Catholicism than the local diocesan newspaper is!
Both those expectations were fulfilled, and then some. In the very beginning, I had trouble accessing the writer calendar, so I wasn’t sure when I was supposed to be blogging. Fanatical about deadlines, I emailed one of the editors to ask when I was up. I discovered that I was scheduled for the very next day. The panic about what I would write lived in my mind for about 15 seconds before I dove into women’s ordination.
I was floored as I watched the pageview numbers climb, as I entered into the thoughtful dialogue I’d craved with other Catholics, and as I withstood the occasional wrath of those who disagreed with me. (I always felt fortunate to know this blog wasn’t just “preaching to the choir,” though.) Most of all, I was floored by the compassion, humor, diversity, and intellect of this community. I’m honored to be part of it, and express my deepest gratitude to those who created the space for all this to happen.
Lacey Louwagie is a freelance writer and editor, feminist, and cradle Catholic. Her favorite topics of exploration are religion, spirituality, psychology, and sexuality. She’s a member of the CTA blog team and founder of a speculative fiction writers’ group. In addition to blogging here, she blogs about writing at LL Word.