The ellipsis above represents the silence on reponse to my request below.
So, I'm not sure an interactive portal is going to work. I'm now thinking more of a website where I give a daily digest of the blogs and news on the Irish Catholic web.
I've been meaning to say that I would be very excited to see this take shape. I don't think I'm qualified to make high-profile contributions to an Irish internet portal, but would certainly read it avidly (as I do all your posts), and comment.ReplyDelete
Also - I can't believe this hasn't occurred to me before - how about recording podcasts for this website? You could read some of your blog-posts aloud, and then (though I don't quite know how) put them online so that they can be downloaded.ReplyDelete
Thanks for that, Dominic. It means a lot.ReplyDelete
I would want to 'keep it Irish', not out of any xenophobia, just to give it an identity. So anything about visits here or anything like that would be very welcome!
The podcasts are an intriguing idea. Sometimes I do like to lie in bed and just listen to something.
And many thanks for all your comments, too.
And obvously, when I say 'keep it Irish', I mean subject matter rather than readership or contributors-- everyone would be welcome to read it, and contribute to it.ReplyDelete
By the way Dominic, I want to thank you particularly for all your kind comments. My writing means an awful lot to me and getting positive feedback means more to me than you can easily imagine.ReplyDelete
Well, it is a joy to read and a pleasure to comment - I always mean it! I have said before that this is probably my favourite blog. It is certainly just my cup of tea - not only because it is a mixture, but because I like everything in the mixture.ReplyDelete
I didn't think you meant 'keep it Irish' by way of exclusion - and I am all for its having an identity! I just mean that I don't have anything meaningful or new to say about the Church in Ireland - particularly from deafening London, which holds itself like the centre of the universe...
But if the fancy takes me and it seems appropriate or likely to be interesting, I might well think about writing something.
I think it's a lovely idea Maolsheachlann. I am reminded of The Inklings when I read your description. Defintely add in podcasts, you could read some decent poetry there too. Have you seen the layout of onepeterfive.com?
Hi Sinéad, long time since I heard from you if it's the same person. (Really my very first reader!) I'm not sure I'm going to go through with this, I've noticed that Catholicireland.net serves much the same purpose and I don't think people would contribute anything. I have a lot on my plate in my personal life too, right now-- please keep me in your prayers. I hope you are well though, and thanks for mentioning my poetry. Maolsheachlann.ReplyDelete
Yes, the very one, like Bosco, I pop up every now and then, squeaky voice and bad hair intact. Am I the Number One Reader? Is this officially Official?ReplyDelete
I often find I try to take on other responsibilities when my own personal life goes awry. Great for distraction, you know yourself. This is mid-September, come Saint Joseph's Day think on it again. Personal life first.
For the website, you will have to network in person to get the articles, go into community life I suspect. My own Indian priest became a Paddy this week and the Legion of Mary is very active as hospital visitors again. Except they all seem to be Polish, not Irish. There's 2 little stories of interest straight off. :-) Catholic Ireland is awful, I know I am meaner than you but really now, it's rather boring. I will remind you again in March, if the itch is still there, scratch it.
I promise I will pray for your personal intentions.
I cherish all my readers equally but you were my FIRST reader who commented, as far as I can remember. At least the first who commented with any regularity.ReplyDelete
I agree that the Catholic Ireland site is quite dry and dull.
Thanks for the prayers, I appreciate them.