Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

Holy Crap Almighty There’s a Cross On My Blog

Here I am sitting at my desk. I open my blog and my eyes come to a screeching halt as they notice a cross in my sidebar. You know the kind. The kind of cross that’s reserved for purely religious purposes. ON MY BLOG.

My heart starts to beat a little too fast. I must be in the wrong place, it’s a mistake. I check the URL. It’s right. I quickly look around. Yup, this is Shout. I’ve not entered some imposter’s blog which happens to be using an illustration of me in the header. This is the real deal, but HOW THE HELL (excuse the damnation reference) did that cross get here?

“Oh my God,” I think as my breathing hits the need-a-brown-paper-bag phase of a freak-out-moment. What if someone is here on our first date? It’s simply not polite to discuss politics and religion when we hardly know each other. If you want to talk about your sex life, sure, but religion … so soon … I’m just not convinced a first date is the appropriate time to get that kind of naked.

New, possibly could-have-been-friends will have seen that cross and immediately think all my dribbling on and on about nothing on an almost daily basis is some sort of callously hatched plot to make them conform … they’ll think I’m a preacher girl.

On closer inspection I see that not only is it one of those religions crosses (the kind that make me nervous and start to contemplate the future of my soul, my heathen ways and my fence-sitting idealogies), under the cross it says, “Keeping the Kingdom First.”

Whose kingdom? My kingdom? Well, thank you very much! I suppose Shout really is my very own kingdom, albeit terribly small and particularly egotistical, but I’d appreciate it if you’d keep it damnable.

Then just as I’m about to rapid-text my friend The Tech Warrior and beg or bribe some code work on a hurry, hurry I’m hyperventilating kind of basis, I realize how the cross got here.

It’s the fault of that funny woman over at Memarie Lane. A few weeks ago I was lurking on her blog, admiring her new design and noticed an itty bitty banner in her side bar. I clicked through and found a fanciful place where bloggers could exchange buttons. If you are new to a button exchange, the way it works is that everyone who joins submits a button that will rotate on the the sites of others who have joined. Cool.

Just so you know, I’m one of those people who’s not very good about reading disclaimers, instructions or other miscellaneous information. I’m on a strict need-to-know basis, and if I run into trouble with something and need to know, I’ll go back and read the fine print.

If you’re looking for a religious blogger, there are several that are quite good, but Shout is not in any way shape or form a religious blog. In fact this writer has some serious questions about organized religion and is not associated with the Father, Son or Holy Ghost at this particular moment in time.

When I submitted a Shout button for the exchange, I’m sure there was something in the fine print about not being able to submit pornographic images or links etc. in the disclaimer, so I probably thought the it was all rather harmless. Really though, I’d rather have images of muscular men clad in only their tighty whites show up in my side bar than religious icons. Never in my short-lived blogging life did I consider I’d be advertising for a religious blogger. Holy crap almighty.

UPDATE: I’ve replaced my button exchange thingy for a much more inspiring undertaking. Jen over at The Story of Us has started a project titled RAK.

RAK = Random Acts of Kindness

This is a weekly blog entry that’s a call to be kind. Each week she’ll issue a challenge, a call for kindness, something simple and very do-able. Her idea is that we so often get caught up in day-to-day life, we forget how much simple kindnesses mean.

I love the idea, and if you want to help spread the kindness, you can grab the RAK button and include it on your site as well.

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17 comments to Holy Crap Almighty There’s a Cross On My Blog

  • that cracked me up.

    It’s funny what contextual advertising will turn up – Like the recipe for spam casserole advertisement I get every time I delete my spam.

    I’ve notices a high percentage of scripture quoters in the SITS group, perhaps one of their comments was the, ahem, inspiration…

    Of course this post will generate some interesting ads too.

  • Jen

    Oh this was hilarious!

    Thanks for the….um……….shout out? (I’m cracking up over here!). Seriously, thanks for adding the button! Off to put you on our RAK list!

    Jens last blog post..RAK: Monday

  • I’m living under a big ol’ rock over her at On The Upside – I know nothing about buttons or button swaps. I need to learn some of this interesting stuff!

    Take care – Kellan

    Kellans last blog post..He’s Lucky To Have Me Around!

  • Had me laughing!

    I’m like that too: I’m on a strict need-to-know basis, and if I run into trouble with something and need to know, I’ll go back and read the fine print.

    Brandygirls last blog post..Knowing Me, Knowing You.

  • Hey, look at this funny blog!
    Thanks for visiting pottersblog, I shall add yours to the my bookmarks and return!

    garys last blog post..berry bowls!

  • LOL.. I would have gone into panic mode too if I saw a cross on my blog. I am a fine print reader though, almost obsessively.

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..Booster Seat? Hotdog!

  • I never really thought about that. They do have rules about keeping things family friendly, but I don’t want anything religious on my blog either. Not from ANY religion. I only seem to get the same 5 buttons in rotation though, have yet to see that cross one. Maybe a petition is in order? I don’t mind if a blogger discusses her religion, but a blazing cross? I’m a Christian myself, but I wouldn’t want that anymore than I’d want a Star of David or the angel Moroni or what-have-you because it would (a) make a visitor think I’M uber-religious and (b) deter people of other religions.

  • That’s too funny. I can imagine that would be a shocker given your feelings. At least it was blog fodder. Your blog is certainly a place to come back to again, and so I will. :)

    Hilarys last blog post..A Duck at Rest and a Turtle Nest

  • Tricia

    Memarie Lane: I completely agree. I’d feel the same way if it was any other religious icon as well … a star of David, etc. I put on my to-do-list to send the hosts a note and let then know that this isn’t quite kosher (ignore the pun). Having a religious icon of any faith on your blog brings forth so many immediate assumptions from readers, and unless you’re trying to elicit those assumptions, well…

    Judy: I didn’t even know they still made Spam, as in the kind you are supposed to be able to eat. Ughhh. I remember my Mom making spam sandwiches when I was a kid.

  • This is exactly why I don’t have anything on my blog like that. I signed up for entrecard and within hours had ten people wanting to advertise all kinds of weird blogs on my site. I quickly rejected all of them and turned tail and removed my button.

    bridgets last blog post..Me and Wii

  • donna

    I am surprised that you remeber that Tricia, about the spam sandwich. It was cheap. Anyway I agree that relegion should not be preachd to thoese that are on the fence. I do belive but would never ask it of you. Or anyone else as it goes. Funny read, you keep us all lauging and longing for more

  • I’m so glad you said something about this. I haven’t started any rotating anything, but I’ll really think hard now before I do. You just never know what’s going to come up.

    Margarets last blog post..Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorched

  • Oh yeah, that’s hilarious. A blazing cross? Yeah that would make me look TWICE! :)

    MamaGeeks last blog post..Evidence of Aging

  • That is hilarious! I would have freaked out too – not being at all religious.

    Thanks for leaving a comment over at my place. I love your site design! I’m going to snoop around now – hope you don’t mind. :)

    andis last blog post..Oh right, I have a blog

  • I had one of my readers rip me a new a-hole when she saw a McCain ad on my blog (it was a Google Ad) and I can’t help but get the creeps when I see an ad for “Men seeking Asian women”.


    thatcoolbroads last blog post..Sex and the City? Not.

  • Hey Trish. I lost you for a while, but, now I found you again. I subscribed this time, so you’ll probably be sick of me commenting soon.

    Anyway, I agree with you on the whole religion thing. I also have “different” views on God. And I don’t believe in church, which makes it a little difficult in my house. I certainly wouldn’t want a cross on my blog, mostly because of the standard beliefs it implies.

    I got a RAK button too. Thanks for sharing!

    Wendys last blog post..Extreme

  • Tricia

    Wendy, I promise to never, never get sick of your comments and I’m thrilled that you didn’t lose me forever :o ). Jen over at Juggling life will be so happy to hear there’s another RAK supporter. It’s been great fun to participate.

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