I love the internet.
This weekend I went to one of the most fun events I’ve been to in a long time: Melanie Bettinelli (The Wine-Dark Sea) and her husband Dom (Bettnet.com) were in town so they suggested a central Texas bloggers meetup. Literacy-chic (Words, Words), Hallie (Fruit), I and our spouses all descended on the house of our good friends the Darwins (DarwinCatholic) for a little Three Kings party (beg Literacy-chic to post her “king cake” recipe and the Darwins to post their Mexican hot chocolate recipe — delicious). There were 13 kids (all but one under the age of six) and 12 adults. The Darwins are probably still cleaning up.
Sometimes I hear people musing about whether or not the internet is a good thing for Christianity. From my experience, the answer is definitely yes. First of all, I don’t think I would even be Christian today without the freeflow of information on the internet — “seek and ye shall find” is a whole lot easier with Google. And, for those of us who are converts, it’s really difficult when you don’t know anyone else who practices your new faith. I’ve mentioned before how much reading Catholic blogs helped me feel a part of Catholic culture, even when I didn’t know a single practicing Catholic in my area. And now that I’ve actually met so many great people through blogging — not just the group this weekend but some other good friends as well — it’s striking to see what a huge role the internet has played in my conversion process.
So, thank you to the Bettinellis for organizing and to the Darwins for hosting. It was the best Epiphany party I’ve ever been to in my life!*
* OK, it was the only Epiphany party I’ve ever been to in my life, so that’s not a very high bar…but it was a wonderful time, and all of the bloggers there were actually as interesting in person as they seem on their blogs.
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