I can not remember a day in a long time when I have nothing scheduled – nothing! No appointments at the office, no conference calls, no ceremonies, no public appearances, nothing. So I am going to have my hair (what little there is) cut, pick more oranges from the super-abundant tree in my back yard, and put my life on “cruise-control” for twenty-four hours. The reverie ends tomorrow.
I do have a chance to bring you up to date on some things about this blog. Happily our Diocesan Web Site is now receiving about 1000 hits each day and this blog is averaging about 300 hits a day with people reading the blog for an average of about two and half minutes. This blog enjoyed a brief spike in readership when the mother of all Catholic blogs, Whispers in the Loggia announced to the Catholic world that I was up and running.
There have been a number of great comments and I read them all carefully and ponder their implications both for the blog and for my ministry. Early on, however, I decided that this was not the forum for airing disputes when they occasionally arose or giving angry people a place to publicly vent. By far, over 98% of your comments have been very positive and all serious comments are appreciated by me.
One surprise which I was not expecting is that I get an inordinate number of “comment responses” from places selling drugs, medicines and some other bad things. Apparently this is something which regularly happens to blogs as spam artists try their best to use other people’s work and space to promulgate their wares, etc. So each night I have to mark those which I wish to identify and “treat as spam.” Were I not to permit “Comments” there would not be this bother which is miniscule compared to the positive aspects of allowing you to interact with me directly.
Vivi Iglesias, my wonderful assistant, soon discovered what I suspect she knew all along, that is that her boss talks too much, so she is no longer able to translate all these blog entries into Spanish. I am sorry for that but from time to time on special topics, I will ask her to prepare a translation.
Have a great day!