13 Reasons I’m Glad Bristol Palin Is At Patheos

You may be aware that Bristol Palin is writing for Patheos. You likely have an opinion regarding it. I’ve gotten a few of your opinions, some rather strongly worded. I’ve had a range of opinions myself on the subject, but once the idea soaked in, I was fine with it. Here’s why:

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13. She’s A Troll Magnet

We bloggers loathe trolls. They are the bane of our existence. The Palins are so polarizing that there’s a chance that Bristol might draw the bulk of the trolls and haters on Patheos, leaving the rest of us bloggers to write in peace. A woman can hope, right?

12. She’s Raising Awareness of Down Syndrome

And that’s a good thing, right? Ain’t nothing wrong with that. I’m sure Masery over on Staff of Asclepius would agree with me.

11. She’s Raising Awareness of DWTS

We all know this is a subject rarely discussed with the seriousness it deserves. I myself have shirked my duty in this area in favor of discussing the wisdom of drag queens. I’ll admit I’m a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race (what happened with Willam?) when I should devote my time to more serious things, like whether Jaleel White will do an Urkel dance this season. Thankfully, Bristol is picking up my slack. You go gurl!

10. She Puts My Work Into Perspective

I’ll admit I have slack days, but I do work hard to write something worthwhile here. Something meaningful and of benefit to my community. So seeing Bristol get over 800 FB shares and over 100 tweets for this post, reminds me that if I draw on my Protestant roots and work hard, maybe I can be as successful as she is. Maybe one day I will be able to convey as much meaning with the same economy of vocabulary, and I will be read far and wide.

9. Famous People Have Typos Too

Y’all know I am the queen of typos, and on my off-days there are commas and apostrophes flying everywhere. It bothers me when these slip past me in proof-reading. But it’s reassuring to know that typos, grammar weirdness, flat prose, and awkward sentences creep up on the famous too. We are all just human, after all.

8. Even Evangelicals Can’t Talk About God All The Time

I find it refreshing that a new blogger on a religious website can go a whole week and only mention God once. That is admirable restraint. Religion is something to be taken in moderation, and that’s something religious bloggers need to be reminded of now and again.

7. Bristol Brings Energy to Faith & Family

Bristol brings some much-needed spice to the Patheos Faith and Family portal. Nancy French has been working hard over there and I hope this energy spills over into the other parenting blogs. Who knows, maybe now is the time for a Pagan blogger over there? Maybe I can woo Angela Pippinger, Kris Bradley or Melanie Moore to write alongside Bristol? Wouldn’t that be fun to see?

6. The Atheists Are Ignoring Her

Which cracks me up. Not a peep out of them this week about her. They are hardly a reticent bunch, and shy and retiring aren’t among their attributes. I love that they are in their own little world far away from all us “religious nuts.”

5. Cara Schulz Says So, So It’s So

Cara is afflicted with conservatism, which I imagine is a disease much like arthritis or gout, so as one of her staunchly liberal friends I often find myself not quite seeing the world the way she does. And when you love someone dearly, sometimes you just agree with them to make life go smoother. So Cara is right, as always.

4. Her Readers Ain’t Interested In Us

I don’t expect a pack of rabid Bristol fans to come raining down on the religious bloggers. No, I doubt the Lutheran theologians, nor the Progressive Methodists, nor the Scientologists, nor the Hindus, nor the atheists, much less the Pagans will find hoards of Palin super-fans crowding out comment sections. People who are here for Bristol are likely only here for Bristol, and won’t much bother the rest of us. As far as I can tell, the religious bloggers will reap the rewards (such as improved server response) and not suffer from any downside.

3. It’s Raining Servers

When you work for a growing website, trying to keep ahead of the traffic and keep the servers up and healthy is a tough business. It’s one of the reasons The Wild Hunt came over to Patheos, because hosting was becoming an issue as Jason’s readership grew. Word has it we got some significant server upgrades just to handle Bristol’s traffic. Which means I won’t get server error messages on heavy traffic days when I go to read The Wild Hunt. That’s awesome in my book.

2. Patheos Gains Notoriety From It

Now when I tell people that I work for Patheos, maybe I’ll get a bit more recognition and respect. Of course, the person I’m speaking to will react differently according to their political and moral views, but at least the signal is boosted for the rest of us a bit.

1. Witches Benefit From A Palin

I know this may come as a surprise to my faithful readers, but I’m a Witch. Big shocker, right? Considering the history of Sarah Palin and witchcraft, the fact that the website that hosts so many Pagan blogs gets both a signal boost and server upgrade thanks to Bristol Palin is just a lovely turn of events.

And for the record, I’d like Obama to call me too. I’ve already interviewed presidential candidate Gary Johnson, and I’m torn on whether to vote for that awesome Libertarian, or Obama. So give a Pagan journalist a break and set your aides to searching for my number. I’ll ask you tough questions on the economy, foreign diplomacy and health care rather than ask you to address my personal life. Whether someone insults me isn’t important, but what you plan to do about jobs, Iran and women’s health care is crucial.

Or better yet, hit me up on Google+ hang outs, Mr. President. In this economy neither of us should waste our cellphone minutes. It will only take a few minutes, and if Gov. Johnson can hang out with a Hellenic polytheist in Minneapolis, surely you can video chat with a Witch.

About Star Foster

Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000451145781 MrsBs Confessions

    I have to admit that I was not completely thrilled at the thought of a Palin blogging on Patheos.  But I do have to say that you make some good points.  And after going over to actually read a few of her posts, I also have to say that she’s not as bad as I’d thought she’d be.  Anyone championing kids with disabilities is going to get at least one thumbs up in my book, even if her mom did try to ban books from the local library.

    And just to say – you wouldn’t have to woo very hard, lol.  =P

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

       You have mail!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000451145781 MrsBs Confessions

        Woot!  Emailed you back!  =D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000354917825 Ellen WhiteOwl Smith-Apple

    RE: Reason #7

    I would love to have Kris Bradley as a part of  the Pagan Portal. She is insightful. She is informed. She is passionate. She is fearless. She is a wonderful fit. 

    RE: Bristol Palin in general

    I have read her contributions. Not great, but not horrible. They are a tenacious family, so even if the majority of her contributions are mediocre I would anticipate she will be at Patheos for a while. Most of my reading, well actually all, at Patheos  is via the Pagan Portal. If the presence of a controversial person on another section benefits the Pagan Portal all the better!

  • http://twitter.com/APippinger Angela Pippinger

    Wooing me might not be as difficult as in the past! I have been thinking about it since you offered over a year ago :)

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

      You have mail!

  • http://nuannaarpoq.wordpress.com/ thalassa

    I’m down for some Pagan family blogs here! There are quite a few good ones out there (including the aforementioned), for anyone that reads or writes in the genre (yup, Pagan mom blogs are their own genre…or maybe that’s a sub-genre in two genres).  

  • Crystal Kendrick

    Patheos just loss some coolness points.  I hadn’t heard about this.  Definitely disappointing and a case of obvious pandering.

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

       Well if we didn’t lose them with the Scientologists, then it was just a matter of time, I guess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AllieKitty Allie SilverMoon

    I’d love to see Kris Bradley here. I enjoy her stories about her life as a pagan mom. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589402664 Vickie McNeely Lesperance

    Either Kris Bradley or Angela Pippinger would be a great choice and an awesome addition. PLEASE, please…pretty please??

  • Cara

    Good that you know I’m always right.  Now I have to go jump in the car and pick up our future President.

    • fffh_moderator

      I now have images of you jumping in your car through an open window Dukes of Hazzard style. 

      • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

         I hear she welded the doors shut just so Johnson has to jump in like that.

  • Valkk

    I’d much rather see a Pagan blogger in the Faith and Family section,  such as Kris Bradley.  I read her blog on a regular basis anyway, and she has much more to offer our community that fanfare and scandal. 

  • Valkk

    PS — I don’t see how anyone whose family has affiliations with multiple  East African witch hunters/Apostolic Christians would be good for witches, unless you’re trying to reach the witch hunter demographic.  It would take a lot more than a Bristol Palin blog to mend that fence.

  • LezlieKinyon

    Got two notices one on top of each other in my e-mail box this AM: Yours & the Dead Can Dance tour dates for 2012…. Ohhh… hard decision – follow links to B. Palin’s blog or look for Dead Can Dance Tix … LOL! 

    Some good points there, Star, a little celebrity popularity should get you a few more upgrades for that server-issue.

  • http://www.myownashram.wordpress.com/ Niki

    Hey, they need a family pagan blogger? May I plug myself? ;)

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

       You have FB mail!

  • sindarintech

    What are the odds that she sticks with about as long as her mother did with being a governor?

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

       Only time will tell.

  • http://quakerpagan.org/ Cat C-B

    OK, so here’s a real benefit to La Bristol coming on board: it got you to write this very funny piece on your blog.

    To me?  That’s priceless.  (I’m still chuckling.)

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster


  • DragonBreath

    Regarding Bristol Palin; You get to choose your friends but not your relatives.
    She lives in a glass house which limits privacy and that subjects her to a lot of negative attention.
    She is a single parent trying to do right by her child. She gets big points for that; been there done that.
    She has courage how many of us could take all the negativity she gets and still stay positive. I couldn’t.
    Has she done and said less than bright things, yes. will she do so in the future, yes.
    I think her heart is in the right place and as time goes on hopefully certain influences will diminish.
     I am a Deistic Witch but sometimes wisdom comes from other places, this smarts, the bible. Judge not lest you in turn be judged.

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

       I feel thoroughly chastised. The bible, indeed, does smart. Not my religion though. My ancestors praised poets for their satire.

      A public blog will surely grant her the privacy she needs. If I were her I would have stayed in Arizona and built a new life for myself far from the “glass house.”

  • http://profiles.google.com/tpoaic Cora Post

    I’m totally down with a Pagan/Polytheist blogger for Faith and Family. Can I shamelessy plug myself ;-)

    As for Bristol: Not crazy about Mama Palin, I do give credit to Bristol for doing the best she can raising her son. It’s not easy.