"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Friday, December 04, 2015

The last fun blogger ... Crescat is hanging it up.




That makes me sad.

I liked being mean to her.  She was fun too.  Very funny lady.  Now she's quitting the blog.  I can't go back to tormenting Fr. Z.  Well, maybe I can.  I don't know what to do with myself now.

I wonder if I had donated - would she have stayed?

Maybe she could go back to Blogger?  Patheos is annoying because of the ads - I've always hated that.  I don't care that people do ads - it's just too much stuff to look at.  It cheapens a blog - like a hooker hanging outside a liquor store with all the neon beer signs and dayglo sale signs and you can't hear what she's saying and you're afraid to go up to her because the leopard patterned spandex yoga pants and heels with the sparkle bra under her jewel encrusted gold embroidered bolero makes you dizzy and plays havoc with your cataracts.

How can she leave the Blogosterium?  She's the last blogger of a bigoted bunch I used to like - kinda-sorta - or who kind-sorta liked me - and at least didn't drop me from their links or excise themselves from my Followers app...

Oh Kat!

Where's that girl with all the promise?

Did she need a stronger hand?

Did she need a lighter touch?

Was I soft or too tough?

Did I give too little?

Did I give too much?

Did I ever turn away?

Was I silent, was I cold?

Was I quick to scold? 

Was I slow to praise?

Were the years a little fast?

Was her world a little free? 

Was there too much of a crowd? 

All too lush and loud and not enough for me.



Oh Kat!



14 comments:

  1. " like a hooker hanging outside a liquor store with all the neon beer signs and dayglo sale signs and you can't hear what she's saying and you're afraid to go up to her because the leopard patterned spandex yoga pants and heels with the sparkle bra under her jewel encrusted gold embroidered bolero makes you dizzy and plays havoc with your cataracts."

    And she is the last fun blogger??? (and Terry, I told you that day I was just picking up a six pack, I was NOT hooking..geez...)

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  2. Why yes you can go back to bashing Fr Z.
    His half brother, Fr D, does it all the time!

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  3. I was going to add a "song for this post" link suggestion, but it turns out the official video for I Just Don't KNow What to Do With Myself by the White Stripes is naugh-tay naught-tay, so just listen to it on Amazon Prime music or something. (Seriously disappointed in Mr. White, who is a favorite. Having Sophia Coppola point a camera at Kate Moss writhing around a stripper pole is not art--the justification that was running through my head as I let my eyes linger for a while notwithstanding--or at least not good art)

    I never really read the Crescat regularly, but I appreciated her directness. Don't go getting ideas, Terry.

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  4. She was actually better as an independent blogger - esp. when she had no copyright restrictions and could use gifs and stuff. Patheos and other blogomerates come with stricter rules and regulations. Also I think blogs are a bit passe and Facebook has cornered the market with being a contributor to this or that online magazine has made it more convenient for writers and readers. Facebook will fade and morph into something else - but I'm not interested in it. Much too invasive and I'm thinking of closing shop in a year or so myself - depending on how the war goes.

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  5. I can somewhat understand Kat's letting go. I started around the time she did. Social media wasn't too big back then, as it is now.

    I go into Facebook and just share, type a brief thought, and I'm done. There's no formatting, it's quick, etc.

    But, even all that - and I know you probably feel it too Terry - is that desire to retreat into other things rather than comment on everything. It gets tiring.

    I upload Fr. Perrone's homilies weekly, but sitting down and composing a blogpost feels heavy.

    I think part of the issue is the ease with which we can share through social media, but the other part of it is just pure saturation. Catholic bloggers are a dime for several dozen now. I check a handful of blogs daily, but so little time to read, much less compose.

    With neglect at my own blog, readership has plummeted and I don't much care. There's not much I can say that people can't find somewhere. Though, I do feel good about bringing a voice like Fr. Perrone's to the web at GrottoCast. I might try to do more of that kind of stuff.

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    1. Diane, I miss you since I left Facebook. You are a great voice of reason, truth, and charity. You will never know just how much you helped me over the years after I came back to Mother Church. A wonderful example. I am very grateful. ...Oh, and I've already watched every episode of the last season of Downton Abbey. I am waiting patiently for the last Christmas episode. And no, I won't give anything away. lol.

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    2. Maggie,
      I already watched every episode of Downton Abbey as well. It will be interesting to see what happens come Christmas. ^^

      Diane, enjoyed your clarity and balance. Thank you.

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    3. Maggie - you are too kind. I do have a desire to continue blogging but I feel burned out. I may re-kick start during my upcoming break.

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    4. Great points on the social media front Diane. Terry still does blogging right, I like the style and format, but for me I repost lots of local news so it's a heck of a lot quicker to just share it on Twitter or Facebook.

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  6. And I agree on the ads and restrictions, which is why I never accepted.

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    1. Ha ha! I never accepted because they would have had to kick me off.

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  7. I think blogs that give you a sense of the person, their spiritual journey and struggles, can be very helpful in spreading the faith. Kat's blog was one of those. She'll be missed.

    Amy Welborn quit the "professional blogging" thingy and re-emerged later with a more personal (less topical) blog, and I enjoy reading her now more than ever. Maybe we'll see more of that and blogging will continue to occupy a valuable niche. For myself, I much prefer blogs to opinion/essay sites like First Things, etc.

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  8. Funny. .I found this blog via your comments in the combox at Crescat. . you both suit my taste. .

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