"Writing is Easy…"

…says the man. ” Just sit down and your desk and open a vein.”

He’s right. That’s the easy part. Getting someone to read the stuff, now that’s the trick.

That goes for blogging, too. What does it mean when I find that, during the month that I quit linking to outside stories, I get what is far and away the lowest number of visits to the blog since its inception? That’ll teach me to write poetry…


  1. Dorian Speed says

    Hey! Some of us are still here!

    There are really only a few sites I regularly visit that contain lots of links to outside stories – otherwise, I like reading slices of other people’s lives.

    Plus, your links are usually disturbing. 😉

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    Bless you, ATP.

  3. I am attributing it to people giving up internet and blogs for Lent, personally……………

  4. 5xBlessed says

    I’m still visiting. Some of the comments a while back got me thinking of who I shared my Swimming with Scapulars book with as it seems like others mentioned passing it on.

    Anyone else want to join in?

    I shared mine with a friend who gave it to her friend who was very angry about using NFP and becoming pregnant with her third child. The whole book is great, but there was a certain part that I thought might really get through to her.

  5. Anonymous says

    i read it(SWS) just before having sterilization reversal surgery. i gave it to my husband, (who begrudgingly agreed to the surgery), i think the book helped him see that faith in the Catholic tradition is not always easy and everyone has doubts. it’s the persevering that is rewarded.(i think)

  6. Matthew Lickona says

    Um, wow. Thanks, 5x and Anon.

  7. Anonymous says

    Matthew know this already, but I fancy sharing too –

    I read SWS after finding this blog, and had to order it specially from the US. I thought it was so good that I lent it to by boyfriend, who does not normally read ‘religious’ books at all, though he is a cradle Catholic. He was profoundly moved by the book, and after reading it prayed for the Holy Spirit to reignite his passion and faith. Since then, we have both been inspired to practise our faith more actively – saying Grace, praying together – little things that add up. And now we are teaching confirmation candidates at his home church! Not bad for one little book!


    Emily (London, England)

  8. Matthew,

    See – with this kind of testimony – that will teach you to feel sorry for yourself…

    Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.

    Get out of your head.
    Get into Wisconsin.
    …or at least write me a letter.


  9. Ok, now I feel guilty! But I’ve been busy with school.

    Second day at work today and I noticed your book on the shelf 🙂

  10. Matthew Lickona says

    OK, now *I* feel guilty – I shouldn’t have whined. I was indulging in a moment of bitterness about book two’s fate – I opened the vein, but to no avail. Shame on me for complaining….

  11. Oh come now, blogs are a total waste of time if we aren’t allowed to whine on them. Don’t worry! 🙂

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