February 17, 2008

For Your Consideration: Father V

I decided that during the voting process for the Catholic Blog Awards I would take my statement that it would be nice to see some smaller blogs get some notice by doing what I can to give them a shout-out.

It occurs to me that I should not have used the adjective: "smaller". I have no idea what their blog reader stats are so I don't want to make it sound like I'm saying they have few readers. I probably should have said something like: they are not recognized enough or they have not won the big prizes before and they deserve it.

Father Valencheck, or Father V, as he's commonly known in blogdom, has a most excellent blog entitled Adam's Ale Father V is a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. Father has the kinds of blog posts I love: fairly brief (few people will read long blog posts!), spiritual, personal, humorous and to the point.

In my humble opinion, Father V would be a worthy choice in many of the voting categories.


Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

YES! I'm totally voting for Fr. V....and guessing his other many readers will be as well. In my mind, there's no other competetion...except for Fr. Schnippel, whom I follow as well. (Called by Name).

February 17, 2008 2:37 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I think he has a good readership base, but his blog is one of the very best priest blogs I read.

Funny, I would never imagine him to be bald when I read his posts. LOL! Just kidding.

February 17, 2008 4:26 PM  
Anonymous ukok said...


Good post. I think I would have to ask you to reconsider your feelings about the longer blog posts though...one of my longer blog posts has over 140 comments! I am always surprised when I get such an amount of comments and its only happened a few times, but it tells me that people are reading he longer blog posts.Ironically, lots of my shorter posts have just a handful of comments and sometimes non at all!

February 17, 2008 5:05 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Father V shares my number one priest slot with Father John Speekman in Australia.

We need more priest like them. As a bonus Father V is cute as a bugs ear.

February 17, 2008 5:15 PM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

Oh, and Fr. Erik Reichtsteig (Orthometer) is another great one. Adrienne, I'll have to check out your recommendation.

But I do think my vote is going to Fr. V....he's my long-lost brother. Seriously, I might have to invite him to my family reunion.

UKOK ~ I agree with you. I have wordy posts all the time, although I don't think I've ever gotten 140 comments! Although Cathy has a point...a lot of people don't like to read long posts. It's a sound-bite culture that wants something quick. But then again...the stuff I read is often not so short.

I gotta say...I guess I don't blog through the idea of getting readers. I just leave it in God's hands. If someone wants to read, great. If not, if it's a long post, also OK. So if we look at blogging from a "marketing" perspective, certainly it pays to keep it short and sweet. But if we blog for ourselves, for God, for whatever we are lead to do, well, we aren't doing it for awards.

I'm certainly not doing this for accolades. I don't think any of us are. Even those (like Fr. Erik) who stump for votes don't have the blog for the awards.

February 17, 2008 5:51 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ukok: I agree that quality of content plays a role in if people are willing to stick with a longer post and read it thru. However, in general, I've found a lot of online readers won't read anything too long. They will skim it or skip it. 140 comments!!!! You must have revealed something new about the 3rd Secret of Fatima, right? :-)

February 17, 2008 6:45 PM  
Anonymous ukok said...



The posts with the most comments are usually the ones like the anti-abortion post or, closed Communion( That drives the protesters crazy!!!) or the Catholic Church being the One true Church etc....

Yup, thats when the silent readers start creeping out of the woodwork!

I do see what you mean, I do skim read too, that's why I'm always gobsmacked when anyone bothers to read my long posts!

I write mostly for me, if anyone else reads my brain thoughts other than me, thats a bonus :-)

February 18, 2008 7:58 AM  

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