One of the trickiest aspects of being a "local" Catholic blogger for a diocesan Catholic newspaper, The Catholic Post, but writing about books, which are generally not specific to the diocese, is balancing the local and more general audiences. I've wondered, and had a few discussions with my editor, about ways to make the blog more local-friendly or help it have a local "flavor" at the same time. I've added a new links list to help with that.
If you look on the right hand panel of this blog, you'll see a new links list: "Catholic, Local, and Online"
For some reason, this idea never occurred to me before now, but now I'm very excited to share and compile local Catholic online sources. You'll notice I have everything from the Catholic Diocese of Peoria to various bloggers and other local-interest sites.
I made the list relatively local--not just people from our diocese, but those nearby. I considered Sister Helena Burns and her blog "Hell Burns" in this "local" category, since she is such a friend of the Peoria diocese, speaks here often, and is just a short drive away in Chicago. I'm really thinking of expanding to include St. Louis people as well, since there are quite a few Catholic folks active online there. I also couldn't resist adding Lisa Schmidt, who blogs with her husband at The Practicing Catholic, since they are just in the next state over.
I have a number of requests out to local Peoria-area bloggers that I know locally to see if they would like to be added onto the list. I'm really on the look-out for anyone who is active online with a blog, Twitter presence or other online resource. Can you share your favorites? And if you would like to be added onto the list, or have an idea for someone to add (even if not "strictly" local), then please comment on this post and I would love to add you onto this.
Eventually, I might consider making this a tab on the top of the blog. If you have any ideas on that, please share away!
Katie Bogner's blog, Look to Him and Be Radiant is a delight PLUS she has all kinds of original resources for DREs, youth group leaders, parents, etc.ReplyDelete
Bonnie, I was going to ask Katie about it, but now I'm just adding her on! Thanks for the suggestion. I really do like her DRE suggestions.Delete
Hey Nancy! Can you update my blog from Newlywed to A Knotted Life, please? aknottedlife.blogspot.com.Delete
Thank you! I'm so glad to be a part of your blogroll!
Bonnie, I don't know how I didn't do that before. Thanks for catching it!Delete
Thanks so much for including me in your list! And thanks for including Marc -- his blog is golden. From my diocese I'd also suggest ahousewifeextraordinaire.com and dzehnle.blogspot.com.ReplyDelete
Jonathan, Thank you for the suggestions! I will definitely add the others.Delete
Thanks for the mention, Nancy. Looking forward to continuing networking with you all!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the mention. We love our Peoria friends and really admire the work so many of you are doing. We look forward to continuing to network with you!ReplyDelete
And Peoria loves you, too!Delete