Monday, January 30, 2006

Vote for X-Catholics

I didn't realize these things occured this time of year, but the Catholic Blog Awards are being held. I would have thought they'd be in December and not January, but I suppose December is too busy. I've not followed the awards before, so I'm not sure if they are supposed to cover 2005 or what. Anyway, we're eligible so there's no harm in

voting here

for "Best New Blog" and "Best Group Blog"

I think we're a little too new, so our timing couldn't be worse for such a thing, but still it doesn't cost anything.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Smithin Wells said...

Please explain why someone should favor your site over those of Amy Wellborn, Mark Shea, Jimmy Akin, etc.? What makes your site *unique*? What's your mission? Your answer should be posted in a prominent link on the site's opening page.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Trent_Dougherty said...

Well, for one thing, Tim, those sites are neither new nor group so we're not in the same category.

If we were, then I'd vote for them myself.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Smithin Wells said...

Once again, I do not know who "Tim" is. Please address me by my posting name, or I will no longer help you in your endeavor to be an excellent Catholic blog. Perhaps this is what you want? Now, to the issue at hand:

My point above has nothing to do with your category, but generally aims at helping you convey yourself toward a desired audience. You seem to desire to an audience larger than your immediate group (Mr. Hogrebe, Coffee Boy, Sarah Dougherty, etc.)? True? This seems implicit in the nature of blogging. If so, that audience must understand your aims and goals. Other than simply being Gen-X Catholics, what is your purpose?

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 1:37:00 PM  
Blogger Trent_Dougherty said...

Post if you want to post, otherwise don't, no one's begging you.

I don't care if anyone but our group reads this, it's origin was to have an organized way to conduct the discussions we have.

I am *intrigued* that we've been getting so much traffic and somewhat *gratified* by it, but it's beside the point. My gratification comes from the fact that I do like to give encouragement to others that they are not alone in their love for the Church and rejection of stereotypes.

Catholicism emphasizes community and I joined St. Blog's Parish to a part of an interesting emerging community. We've already reached a level of pageviews I thought we'd never reach ever, so that just isn't something I worry about (though I do find it interesting to see how people find us and where they are viewing from).

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 2:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Smithin Wells said...

Mr. Dougherty: Understanding that you're not necessarily worried about these matters, I ask the following:

In what ways do you want to encourage others?
With what kinds of stereotypes are you concerned?
Who is being stereotyped that you wish to encourage?
Who is feeling alone in their love of the Church?

Answers to these questions, posted prominently, could help raise your level of gratification with this mission.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 3:13:00 PM  
Blogger Trent_Dougherty said...

In any way I can.
All of them.
Faithful Catholics.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 3:27:00 PM  

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