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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Auguri to the Curt Jester


When I started blogging in 2006, one of the first blogs that I followed was Jeff Miller's The Curt Jester. He was already a veteran blogger of 4 years standing. Jeff has recently reflected on his ten years of blogging.

In those days I used to follow blogs by having a folder of bookmarks and opening up the blogs in separate tabs - about half a dozen of them. It was some time later that feed readers really came into their own and I now subscribe to over 250 blogs via google reader. The Curt Jester has been there all along the way.

A good example of Jeff's style is reposted at the end of his reflection. For those who don't recognise the reference, it is a blogger's version of the Litany of Humility of Cardinal Merry del Val (itself a good text for anyone tempted to ecclesiastical careerism.)
The Litany of Blog Humility
From the desire of my blog being read
Deliver me dear Jesus
From the desire of my blog being praised
Deliver me dear Jesus
From the fear of my blog being despised
Deliver me dear Jesus
From the fear of my blog being forgotten
Deliver me dear Jesus
From the fear of no page views
Deliver me dear Jesus
That other blogs may be loved more than mine
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it
That Nihil Obstat may find all my grammatical and spelling errors
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it
That Google may never list my blog
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it
That comments always be negative and abusive
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it
That my commenting system always say “commenting temporarily unavailable”
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it
That Mark Shea may notice every blog but mine
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it
That others may be pithier than I, provided that I may become as pithy as I should
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it
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