Posted By Denise Miller Holmes on Tuesday
Savvy Article #1105
I wrote my opus, Facebook and Intimacy, with a smile on my face and a laugh in my tummy. It was meant to be funny, and I assumed that my little cadre of friends and I would get a hoot out of it and that would be the end. After all, who comes to read my blogs? Pretty much just…one…two…(I could count them on a couple hands and I might throw in a foot.)
So imagine my delight when a name I didn’t recognize appeared in the comments. Yahoo! I might actually be growing this blog, I thought.
The comment was wise. An older woman, it seemed to me. Seasoned. Definitely not a flighty girl. A good follower to have!So I hopped on Facebook and told everybody that I had an “interesting” comment on my blog. Within an hour or two, I got a few comments back, the most powerful one from Kay who said, “Wow. $%^& reads your blog!”
I felt a kick in my stomach. My heart raced. Uh-oh. She’s SOMEBODY. And I don’t know who she is!
You can blame my ignorance on the fact that I had avoided Christian milieu for a few years. During the 80s and early 90s, I was into Christian music and radio, but sometime around the end of the century, I got tired of Christian pop culture, describing it as “pablum,” and I abandoned listening to or reading anything Christian except sermons and Bible studies.
Coming out of my Christian-culture cave was slow, and by the time I started this site, I was just beginning to understand how much I’d missed.
So, in June of 2009, I was still naïve when I read Kay’s response. I panicked. Holy cow, how do I find out who SHE is without making a complete idiot of myself?
Kay was the only one I knew who would not laugh at me—not to my face anyway. Oh, I imagine she went into her closet and had a big howl after she answered my email, but she didn’t do it to my face.
So I wrote, “Kay…who is Patsy Clairmont?”
Her response was diplomatic, nonchalant even. “She speaks at Women of Faith, that conference. She writes books.”
An understatement, BTW, the “book” comment. I went to Amazon and nearly became catatonic with shock at the volume of books Patsy (that’s Ms. Clairmont to you) has written.
I felt dazed and amazed. Amazed that someone of her stature would bother to read my blog, much less comment, but also awed at how out of it I was.
I am a Christian writer, and this experience gave me the realization that I can’t cut myself off from the very audience God has called me to write for. If nothing else, Patsy’s comment gave me insight that I need to come out of my foxhole.
Reconnecting to Christian radio has helped. I am delighted that the music has come a long way! Now I need to start reading Christian fiction, a task I procrastinate because 80s Christian fiction was so BAAAAAAD.
I have yet to read one of Patsy Clairmont’s books, but at least I now know what “Women of Faith” is. I’ve even been to the website. Yay me.
The light is beginning to creep into the cranium, but I have a long way to go!
If you want to see the original comment, go to Facebook and Intimacy: What the Heck Are You Talking About? Go here to view Patsy’s website, and here to see her books.