From time to time I think I will pack in the blog. Quit. Pack up the old blogger and put my tapping fingers to my other projects.

Then I get comments and emails: “Please don’t pack up the blogging Father!” Or I meet people at a conference or in a parish, “Oh you’re Father Longenecker! I read your blog everyday. I love it. Keep up the good work!” Even better, I get an email, “Father, I’m a Protestant, and I’ve just started RCIA. It’s because of your blog and your witness.” Or, “Father, I’ve never understood my Catholic faith quite like you express it before. Thanks for your work.”

Now I’m not bragging, but the success of the blog has been pretty amazing. I get about 1,000 hits a day. Yes, yes, I know 500 of those are my own hits because of my unfortunate blog obsession, and yes, I know I should see a blog counsellor or join BLA (Bloggers Anonymous) “Hello, I’m Dwight and I’m a blogaholic. “

The point is: This is not blackmail or anything, ’cause I will keep on blogging anyway, but the fact of the matter is, I could be writing articles and books and stuff that actually pay. I am a married priest, and my kids have crooked teeth. Orthodontists are expensive. We’re living on macaroni and cheese. My shoes are patched with cardboard. We’re so poor and skinny our pajamas only have one stripe…blah blah blah.

Seriously, if you like this blog and feel led to use the ‘Donate’ button on the sidebar it would be greatly appreciated. Alternatively, pop over to the website through the sidebar link and buy a book.

So stick ’em up! Your money or your life…(I will leave the armchair theologians to work out the deeper meaning of that commonplace phrase.)