I've never met my friend TJ Burdick in person, but he's the kind of guy I'd love to know "in real life". He's a person who not only dreams big and believes he can change the world, but actually does stuff to make that change happen! So when TJ wrote me and invited me to be part of One Body, Many Blogs: A Guide for Christian Bloggers, a special project that combines both Catholic blogging and helping a terrific organization to raise need funds, I jumped at the chance to be involved.
Here's the blueprint: a group of Catholic bloggers were each asked the question:
What are the “ten commandments” that Christian bloggers should keep in mind while pressing on in their digital mission?
Their answers are diverse and extremely helpful for anyone who shares the charism of blogging. Each response was treated it as if it were a blogpost in length, voice, style and content. As you will see, each blogger has created a unique and informative response that will provide you with ideas on how to develop your own particular voice through the communal blogging charism by which you feel called to participate in.
The writers involved in this project are:
- Brandon Vogt (BrandonVogt.com)
- Deacon Greg Kandra (The Deacon’s Bench)
- Devin Rose (St. Joseph’s Vanguard)
- Frank Weathers (Why I Am Catholic)
- Jeff Miller (The Curt Jester)
- Katrina R Fernandez (The Crescat)
- Kevin Knight (New Advent)
- Lisa Hendey (CatholicMom.com)
- Marc Barnes (BadCatholic and 1flesh.org)
- Susan Windley-Daoust (Ironic Catholic)
And here's the best news about this cool project. All of the proceeds of the book -- which actually will only cost you $1.99 -- go to benefit the San Juan Diego Academy, a Catholic school that serves immigrant children and is located in Wyoming, Michigan. It currently serves over 160 students annually and provides them with the academic and spiritual nourishment they need to build the the Catholic Church and the future of our nation. Their extended school day allows the students for opportunities to be exposed to the English language while still retaining their native cultures. On top of that, they are molded by the sacraments celebrating mass every Tuesday with several Priests and deacons from the area. San Juan Diego succeeds through the generous support of the larger community in the form of tuition assistance scholarships. Parents are given an opportunity to reduce tuition costs through service hours which benefit the school.
So what do you need to do -- head over now and immediately spend $1.99 to learn more about blogging and its role in the New Evangelization from some key players in the Catholic blogosphere (and me). The amazing thing is that if the blog audiences of each of the writers on One Body, Many Blogs spent less than the cost of a cup of coffee to purchase the Kindle version of this book (and you don't even need a Kindle, you can read it on your computer), we could drastically improve the lives of the students and families served by the San Juan Diego Academy. In my mind, it's an easy decision - learn a lot and change the world, all for $1.99. What are you waiting for?
Copyright 2012 Lisa M. Hendey