This week's blog carnival topic is: What does Galship mean to you? The phrase was originally coined to refer to RevGal Fellowship--all the ways we build community, share our lives, support each other, and have fun. So blog about Galship--have you had an experience of galship in person or online? Has galshipping changed your life or ministry? what's your favorite part of our galship? Or whatever way you understand the question--there are no wrong answers! What does Galship mean to you? Ready, set, write!
And well here is my response.....
As it happens this is a fitting time for this post. Because my 8th Blogiversary is this coming Friday, and my link to the RevGals goes back pretty much the entire time I have been blogging.
One of the reasons I started blogging was reading the blog of my friend and colleague at Inner Dorothy. And through her blog I followed a few links to "meet" folks named Songbird or Will Smama at Preacher, Blogger, Procrastinator (admittedly that one I grabbed to read because I am an unrepentant procrastinator) or St. Casserole or purechristianithink or the Peripatetic Polar Bear or NotShyChiRev and many many others. I watched as some of these people formed a group that called themselves the RevGalBlogPals. I was intrigued but as an onlooker as I saw it a group primarily for the "Gal" part of the title.
Then in this post from late September 2005 (when RGBP was just over 2 months old) I was invited to join the ring [mind you now that I re-read the invitation there was a bit of an instructional tone to the invitation). Which I did.
I remember the first book, ordering it, ordering extra copies for some people in my congregation, getting even more extra copies because the printer screwed up the cover in the first run. Then I remember the second, BIG book (Ordinary Time is a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG season) in which I took part. I read about the various Big Events and other blogger meet-ups with a touch of jealousy, because I knew the chance of my being able to make those travels was pretty small. Mind you, I am strongly thinking of going to the Festival of Homiletics next year so maybe a meet-up with some of these virtual friends will in fact happen....
One of the grand debates in the world of on-line communities is if they are true communities. It is my experience as a member of the RGBP community that they are. There are times when (in blog posts or in the RGBP FB group) the community supports each other, rants together, celebrates together. When I shared concerns about early birth as we went through the last month of our third pregnancy there were prayers abounding from the community. And when we we got back home after her birth I found this post and this post as the community celebrated with us.
Over the years I have enjoyed being a member of RGBP. Yes there are lots of blogs in the ring now I have not read. But there are the ones I happen upon in reading the posts at the home blog and check out. And for the last year or so I have even been a contributor. An easy task (as long as I remember what month it is) to write a weekly post for the Tuesday Lectionary Leanings each month.
One last note. For the Friday 5 meme when the blogring was a year old we were invited to reflect on the community. Here is what I wrote then. I still stand by all of it.
PS: this post took an incredibly long time to write given its length and content. Why? Because I got lost in reading old posts. Always a dangerous thing. But I was downright well written in those early months and years. Now I hardly blog at all....