As many – or most – of you know, I take good-natured shots at the Blorg from time to time. Not in a weird Internet-stalky sort of way – just to keep things light and amusing.
Along with that, many – or most – of you also know that a couple years ago, I wrote a post titled “The Problem With Patheos”. It remains my highest viewed post. It ruffled some feathers, as I knew it would, because it pointed out a number of errors on the Catholic Library page, as well as highlighted some features of the platform I didn’t like. While the post also garnered some support, some respondents took the opportunity to air their problems with individual Blorg members, or the fact that they are getting paid. Personally, I think it’s great they’re getting paid for what they report on, as any journalist or columnist does. I think when someone defines themselves as a “blogger”, it’s presumed that it’s a write-for-free proposition, never receiving compensation. That goes double if a person is a Catholic blogger. In that case, any money earned from said blog MUST be returned to the Church or to charity or something. Which, of course, is utter hogwash. A worker deserves his just wage.
As to the individual Blorgers – truth be told, I don’t read the vast majority of them because they’re not my preference. It’s not a personal thing – I’ve never met any of them, and I’m sure they’re wonderful people (or try to be, like everyone of us ought to be trying), and are faithful followers of Christ. They have devoted readers, and why shouldn’t they? All quality writers in their own right. And I wish each of them the greatest success possible. I just don’t have an interest in reading their work. Most of them have probably never heard of me, which is fine – the Internet is a big place, and I’m not everyone’s cup of tea. Kay syrah syrah.
But as of now, as of this moment, Patheos has utterly and completely redeemed itself. You read that correctly.
Does this mean the problems in the Library been corrected? Nope, not really – perhaps a few minor edits, but nothing major. (Ms Scalia, in her wondrous gracefulness, has been keeping me in the loop on the progress. Sounds like it’s been a horror story from day one, but she says it’s getting done. Which is cool.)
Oh, so then the ads gone, right? Uh, no. It’s how the platform works – the ads aren’t going to go away, so the best one can do is ignore them.
Well then, how has Patheos redeemed itself?
Simple. They just landed one of the best underappreciated Catholic bloggers on the block, that’s how. Not me, wise guy! No – they’ve assimilated Rebecca Frech, who blogs at Shoved To Them. She’s funny, intelligent, no-nonsense, a best-selling author, an incredible BFF, Texan, Catholic, a gun-totin’, child-raisin’, Crossfit-manic mom and devoted wife. She’s the unCola of the Mommy bloggers. Check her out…I mean, check her BLOG out, bookmark it, and become one of her million followers.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!!!!!
The Blorg also includes Jennifer Fitz now, another great Catholic blogger and Innerwebz friend (she does freelance editing for me). She’s kinda like the common sense barometer at the site – as others boomerang around with bombast and bluster, she’s the one sitting calmly at a table with a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies and a couple glasses of milk. So you go sit down, and the noise and tumult and rhetoric melt away with each bite of a cookie, and she plainly tells you which side of the bread is buttered.
Shit, that sounds corny – with a mixed metaphor to boot! – but I think you know where I’m coming from.
So go read her, too – at Sticking The Corners. Both are in the sidebar for easy peasy lemon squeezy access. Jen was subsumed into the Blorg awhile back, but I knew Rebecca was going to be sucked in too, so I wanted to wait and post about both at the same time.
There it is. Patheos is redeemed. Ms.Scalia, keep up the excellent work of landing quality bloggers. Although you may want to keep an eye on that Frech chick. She’s ambitious, and she says her new nickname is BQ…