You Make Me Proud
As some of you will know, when you write a blog to get to know who is linking to it. For example, if you have a blog called “Long Live Vatican I” and link to a blog post of mine, this link will be followed by, say, 35 (or 350) readers of yours, who land on my blog through the link you have posted.
In my “statistics” page I will then see a list of “referrers”, that is: those who have sent you to my blog. There, I will see that 35 (or 350) visit have come, today, straight from the blog “Long Live Vatican I”, with the link of the exact page the clicks come from. Clicking on the link, I will land directly on the page of said blog, where either a blog post of mine is linked to, or a general link to my home page is posted. In this way I can go and follow, whenever I feel like it, whatever is said of my little effort and why.
It makes me very, very proud how many discussion forums (or fora) and blogs echo what I have written; and enrich, comment, encourage, praise and, in general, like what I have to say. It is so beautiful to know that so many, who do not write blogs, comment and take to the keyboard to say a word or two about the present situation, and the present Pope, and the times we are living. My dear friends, there are so many out there who feel exactly as we do, though most of them may not write blogs or be only occasional posters!
Having said that, I also do not dislike my secret admirers. I mean, I despise them because many of them are certainly despicable. But I despise them for what they think and say, not for linking to me.
I like it when they link to me. This blog is there to put people straight in front of Catholic Truth, and you never know what ways the Good Lord will choose to make the one or other smash his nose on its beautifully hard wall. Therefore, whenever some fluffy, pinko V II wannabe stiletto-wearer (talking of men here…) links to me I know that some reader (actually, never many of them; but I am patient…) will follow the link and, in fact, be intrigued by what this rather blunt chap has to say. As they say, one page follows another, and you never know…
This blog is here not only to educate and to guide, as far as my limited means allow. It is also there to provoke, and to shock. It is there to offer something so different from the fluffy stuff a’ la “Patheos”, that when someone lands on these pages he is at least taken aback by the sheer assertiveness of the words. Let him insult me and despise me; let him, as it is fashionable to say today, “hate on” me. He might remember my words, though. Who knows: perhaps one day, long after I have been buried, the words will be useful to him. May this help them, and me too…
I know from personal experience that the shocking words one hears today may be what leads one back to the fold in three or four decades’ time. The shocking words are, in fact, exactly the words one will not forget. This is what this blog wants to be: a brutal, shocking experience that is also, hopefully, a seed. If you want the fluffy stuff please head to Patheos, where people tempted from apostasy will explain Catholicism to you; not exactly knowing what they are saying, but hoping to believe it themselves.
You make me proud. Especially when you take me as inspiration, but even when you link to me to abuse and insult me. You never know what favour you may be, unwittingly, doing to your readers.