A few days ago, Annie asked me,
Is there a particular reason you have this blog, or is it just to connect to other people?
So, here we are, more than 1.5 years and more than 31,000 visits to this website after “nunsuch” began. Not a bad thing to look back on what I was hoping to do in starting this blog, and to reflect on what it has become and what we would like it to be going forward.
I addressed some of my reasons for starting the blog in the Welcome page, and in one of my first posts. I really do see this as part of my ministry, even though it is something I must do in my spare time while holding down a full-time compensated position.
So are the things I hoped for at the beginning happening here? Well, in the Welcome page, I say,
My hope for this blog is for us to have meaningful conversations about issues that matter.
I think that this is happening on this blog, is it not? Sometimes I’m simply too overwhelmed with work to make a meaningful entry, so you’ll catch me posting some “fluff” from time to time, but I think we’ve had some good substantial conversations here.
I had hoped that more of my CSJ sisters would participate in our conversations so you could get to know more of us. There’s so much good stuff going on, and I can only spend a limited amount of time on this blog. Still, the community we’ve become here is something I’ve come to cherish. Some of you may come and go, and that’s ok. Some of us may disagree on various issues, and as long as we do so respectfully, that’s fine, too.
In fact, I kind of welcome the times we have different and strongly held opinions, as it gives me the opportunity to practice something I really feel called to, especially as a Baden CSJ – nonviolent dialogue. Learning to receive another without judgment has been a hard thing for me to put into practice, and I still have a long way to go in this regard. But I thank all of you for helping to create a safe, sacred space that allows us to be in communion without needing to be in conformity with each other. And believe it or not, my practice on this web site has helped me to be less judgmental in my face-to-face relationships as well.
Another benefit of this blog is that in my full-time ministry, I’m often teaching about very technical stuff, like linear systems, transistors, circuits, etc., and while my manner of doing what I do is in itself a witness to the gospel of Christ and the CSJ charism, I need to be engaged in ministry in which I’m able to meet people at a deeper level, and this blog is one way of doing that. There are some, including some of my sisters, who discount participating in online forums as an inauthentic or “less than” way of relating. That has not been my experience.
So, there you have it – my reflections on what this blog has come to mean for me. What are your reflections on what your own online presence means to you?