It's funny, only days before I decided to drastically change how I do Twitter, I was just talking to Jason Bramley in this interview about navigating the pitfalls of Catholic Twitter. On the one hand, it's great for meeting other like-minded Catholics, learning from them, and hashing out ideas. On the other, it can be an extremely toxic place, where occasions of sin pop up like mines in a minefield.
It seemed that as of late the cons were outweighing the pros. I knew my real-life relationships were nothing like the relationships I had with some of the Tweeters out there. In real life, the dividing line between "trad" and "conservative" is less harsh, even unnoticeable at times. The labels and labeling aren't as pervasive. You don't have one side constantly telling you you're going to Hell for speaking the truth, while folks on the opposite end of the spectrum name new mortal sins like they're going out of style. I'm not doubting the intention of anyone of those people by the way, and I think that's what makes it harder. When so many people on both sides genuinely thinking you're making grave errors for, say, following your priests' advice, it gives new meaning to the phrase "damned if I do, damned if I don't." It's a hard place to tread water when you're more spiritually sensitive or tend towards scrupulosity.
I'm not saying it's hard for everyone—for example, I'm always amazed at how Pater can navigate the site with ease. He doesn't get in arguments. He doesn't give negative comments a second thought. He is totally detached from the thing, sifting the gold out of the muck. I on the other hand, am not, which is part of the reason my wonderful Confessor advised me to just pull the trigger and quit the Tweeting.
So, I want to take the good parts of Twitter and re-create them here without most of the toxicity. Still follow our twitter accounts, as Pater will be active and the @OldSoulRadTrad account will be for blog posts. If you're not already, become a site member and comment on the posts—let's bring the discussion here (where I can moderate much easier!)! Since a lot of site visitors were being reached about new posts via Twitter, instead, 1) share posts that you like with family and friends and 2) subscribe to this site below to get notified as soon as a new post is up. AND don't forget to subscribe to Old Souls' BiWeekly if you haven't. We created this newsletter (prophetically, it seems now) as an alternative from toxic social media. Every other Saturday, we send out the top Catholic news stories from the last two weeks (though we really aren't interested in most of the negativity and off-the-cuff papal airplane interviews), along with devotions and resources relevant to the liturgical calendar. It's enough content to keep you informed, but not enough to be overwhelming like the constant feed of social media can be. Click here to check out older editions and, if you think it's something you'll enjoy, subscribe!
So, that sums up the latest change. I know a lot of you are not on social media anyways, so it won't affect you at all. I just wanted you guys to know that I wouldn't be checking messages or replies on Twitter, but I will be on here (a much more manageable platform, and one where toxic replies can and will be removed, so none of that nonsense here), and I'd love to hear from you!