WHY ARE MY "TABLOID" BLOGS MORE POPULAR?
WHY IS IT THAT MY "TABLOIDY" BLOGS ARE MORE POPULAR, GET MORE VIEWS AND ATTRACT MORE COMMENTS THAN MY MORE "THOUGHTFUL" BLOGS?
If I write a blog about gay Catholics priests - or nuns having babies - or how many millions a particular bishop is spending on his palace - I get over a thousand "hits", 60 comments and a whole lot of praise and criticism.
But if I write a blog about Christianity or Islam or spirituality I get only half the "hits", a couple of lame comments (if I'm lucky), no praise and no criticism?
Is the problem that we live in a world and a society that has a "Red Top" mentality?
Or is the problem that we live in a world where people like to see other people getting criticised and hammered?
Or is the problem that, in the main, we have become a superficial people and society that is attracted by lurid headlines and negative stories but not attracted anymore to the more profound aspects of life and existence?
Don't get me wrong. I am as prey to the sensational as another man.
Of course my ears prick up when I hear that Lord Leon Brittan might have been a paedophile and have abused - and even been part of killing - little innocent boys around the Houses of Westminster.
But that is only a small part of my hunger for information, knowledge and stimulation.
I am also - and indeed more passionately interested - in what is happening in the politics of Greece, Pakistan, Iran, Washington and China.
I am interested to hear that Mercedes have just launched a new S Class hybrid saloon that returns 106 miles to the gallon.
I want to know why the Filipino Government imprisoned the poor street children when Pope Francis visited.
I want to keep track of Mr Putin's behaviour in the Ukraine and his despatch of bomb carrying planes to fly around the The Irish Isles :-)
I want to know all about the latest developments in medicine, psychology, philosophy, geology and space travel.
I want to know what is happening in Coronation Street and Emmerdale - and which play or musical is doing best in the West End.
And what's more I could easily write a BLOG about any of the above or any aspect of the above.
But I find that many of my readers are more interested in knowing - and more motivated by - blogs about the price of poor Bishop Treanor's door handles or how many priests in "mufti" attended the gay sauna this week.
I am more than happy for this Blog to be a good mixture of topical and even controversial items but mixed in with more serious and thought provoking items.
I know that there are some readers out there who wished I ceased blogging completely. I do not intend to please that camp anytime soon.
But in the meantime I would like 2 things:
1. For folk to tell me why Tabloidy blogs get more notice that serious ones.
2. For folk to suggest future blogs.
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