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Blocked | Catholic Life


One of the things about Twitter (as opposed to the Blog world) is that you get the chance to sometimes see who really hates you. There are many people who probably hate my blogs, but I’ll never know. After all, if they comment or email telling me that they hate my blog, then I know that they are still interested in it to some extent. But on Twitter one can block another person.

And I must confess, I’m a little bit fascinated with the concept of being blocked, and wondering why people block me. I only block people who are spammers, so I am inclined to imagine that these people must see me as an irredeemable evil. Otherwise, why wouldn’t they let me follow them and learn from their wisdom?

Just now I was again taken into contemplating this issue because the top of the #CatholicRulesforTwitter page contained tweets from two people who are blocking me. One I know about because she is a woman whom I respect, and I previously sought her out to follow, only to discover that I was blocked. The other I did not know about at all until I saw his funny tweet and went to star it and add him to my Catholic Dads list.

These are, of course, not the only people to block me, but I find it most fascinating because they represent opposite ends of the Catholic spectrum. I would like to pretend that that must mean that I am perfectly balanced, but I know the truth is just that I somehow manage to offend everybody!

One of the things that I loved about the big ol’ Twitter party that Jonathan started was the fact that so many of us with our very different preferred versions of Catholicism were having such a great time enjoying the humor. I could see the tints of our various approaches easily through the joking, but it was pure fun.

And somehow, even people who loathe me enough to block me were drawn into the goodness of it all. The funny thing about being a part of the Church is that you can never really block another member out. They will still reach you, and impact you, through the greater Communion.

Now, if only I can manage to be as chill about the people whom I offend with my blog…

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9 Responses to “Blocked”

  1. Uvaldeattny 01. Apr, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Wonder if this is how people end up in Hell? They block God and therefore his grace. You may have to spend eternity with the Catholic tweeter you block today, if you are lucky!

  2. Marc Cardaronella 01. Apr, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    You’re feisty, not evil! But hey, I like that! 😉

    Hey, you know what I always say? Forget ’em if they can’t take a joke…or something along those lines.

  3. Young Mom 02. Apr, 2011 at 4:58 am #

    It is fascinating, I haven’t blocked anyone but spammers myself. (OK, I did unfollow someone who was retweeting stupid insipid quotes from a evangelical pastor and making me feel insane, but then he sent me this long email about how he hoped that I wasn’t angry or something, so I felt guilty and followed him again! Weird.) I do think I’ve been blocked before though, the only one I am sure of is this Atheist I tried to follow, I don’t know, maybe she was annoyed that I am still asking questions about faith, who knows?

  4. Tina 02. Apr, 2011 at 5:13 am #

    I thought the #CatholicRulesForTwitter was so much fun!
    I couldn’t think of any to add myself, but I loved how fast it caught on and what people were adding to it.
    I think it’s funny how people will just block you like that. Usually I don’t block a person until we have a serious falling out – and even then I have a hard time blocking them (mostly because I’m a creeper and want to be able to creep on them. Sketchy – I know).

  5. Michelle Francl-Donnay 02. Apr, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Sometimes people block others because of the amount of traffic they are producing at a particular moment, not the content…don’t take it too personally!

    • Rae 04. Apr, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

      I completely understand unfollowing if someone is tweeting too much/a different style from what one prefers. I just don’t get the point of preventing them from following.

      And I don’t take it personally. :-)

      • Marc Cardaronella 04. Apr, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

        Yeah, you know, I don’t get that either actually.

        I think Josh said it best: “@MisterRae: Blessed are you when people RT you without credit and tweet all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”

  6. That Married Couple 05. Apr, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    I know nothing about Twitter, but did want to say that I think you are a great balance :) Even when I don’t necessarily like what you say, it challenges me and I really respect your opinion a lot! So even when I don’t get around to commenting, I wanted to let you know that I won’t be blocking or unfollowing you or whatever any time soon :)

    • Francisca 31. Jul, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

      Apr03Kylie Great video Chad, all those images work so well tohetger! If you want a piece of music for the next video, let me know (we have a few piano pieces that I think would work brilliantly!)

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