Monday, October 20, 2014

Who Goes Here?

I often wonder who reads this blog, aside from those who comment and whose names (or aliases) I know. It's a rather funny (but pleasant) feeling, to have your words up on the internet and to know that anyone anywhere in the world might be reading something you wrote while you are asleep, or eating a chocolate bar, or watching Star Trek.

I often wonder how strange it must be to be a writer like Stephen King and to know that lots of people are reading your books at any given moment of the day.

I found myself wondering today if any agnostics or atheists regularly (or even irregularly) read this blog. I know my (internet) friend Johnny Stephens used to, and he described himself as an undecided, but I haven't heard from him in a good while.

Of course, everybody is welcome to read. I started this blog in order to defend the Church from attacks in the Irish media and on the Irish internet. I didn't stick to that purpose for very long and soon I was putting all sorts of stuff on it-- essays, memories, jokes, stories, poems. It makes me happy that they've all found readers. I no longer think of the blog as having a single purpose, any more than friendship has a single purpose, or a joke has a single purpose.


  1. atheist here, i still click on over when i notice you've got a new entry

  2. Your buddy and colleague, Andrew Moynihan, here. For my sins, I'm an atheist. A non-militant one I'd like to think. Kinda always have been and probably always will be. But that doesn't mean I don't acknowledge that the church has done a lot of good and sometimes gets unfairly pilloried. And I also accept that a secularism comes with shackles of its own - political correctness for one. And I think it's great that some-one Irish and under 40 decides to push against the politically correct tide and actually admit that they they're ultra-Catholic! Very courageous. Keep up the good work. Andrew

  3. Yaaayy! Thanks, buddy. I like your open-mindedness. I do think it's a pity that there is so much snarling between atheists and believers when there is no need for it. And you are a good illustration of the fact that not every atheist is a subscriber to the liberal-progressive orthodoxies of the day!! Maolsheachlann