Every now and then, I'm surprised to learn that someone is a regular reader of this blog. Sometimes they leave a comment; at others they say something which shows a knowledge of what I've been thinking about. However it comes about, each one adds to the experience of blogging, because when you know you have a readership it's bound to have an effect on what you write. I've said this before, in a post about self-conscious bloggers, but it's weighing on me right now, and for reasons not unconnected with yesterday's post.
Suppose in the next year we end up with a bishop of whom I heartily disapprove, whose whole life is lived contrary to what I think is right. (OK - it might be less extreme than that, but let's go the whole hog). Let's imagine a homophobic bishop. Am I going to blog about how distasteful, how plain wrong, I think he is (for such a bishop would surely be male)? After all, I'm not employed by the church, and am under no constraints other than the usual ones of libel.
The last time I was particularly ruffled by a situation in the local church, it proved quite difficult to make my voice heard. Now I have this powerful tool, and I have a readership. And I'm inviting that readership to say what they think, now. Before the situation arises. Speak!