WordPress to Patheos, Oh My!

Dear Friends:

If all goes well, Public Catholic will start publishing through Patheos on Monday, August 6.

As to what happens if things don’t go well, I’m kinda clueless. I have never done anything like this before so it’s a learn-as-you-go and hope-you-get-it-right process.

I’ve been told that the experience will be seamless for people who follow Public Catholic on Twitter. Hopefully, the same is true of Facebook and Tumblr. It’s the people on WordPress who have me a little worried. I think, if I’ve got this straight, that you will see a link the first couple of days, then it will also be seamless. I may be wrong about that, but I think that’s it.

However it comes down, I hope you’ll be patient and stick with me. One of the things I’m trying to accomplish with Public Catholic is to build a community of Christians who support and learn from one another in our struggles to stand up for Jesus. The world is becoming increasingly hostile to us. That means we need each other. We are the brothers and sisters God has given us to help us make our way in doing His will.

I’m not and have no ambition to be a big-time blogger. I am just a small-time pew-sitting Catholic from Oklahoma who has walked what her pastor once called “a twisted path” to where I am now. I have a passion for encouraging Christians to return to our roots and be the light of the world that our Master told us we are. I want to share the things I’ve learned in walking my twisted path for you to use — or not use — as they will help you be the light of Christ shining out to the people around you.

The reason for the move to Patheos is to gain a wider audience for the things I’m trying to share. We’ve begun something special here at Public Catholic. You are among the finest, most intelligent Christians it has been my pleasure to know. I don’t know if you’re learning anything from me, but I learn from you every single day. My hope is that the move to Patheos will broaden the reach of what we’re saying.

This process has been in the works for a while. I had the honor of being able to decide between moving to Beliefnet or Patheos. They are both big-time web sites that, to be honest, I find a little intimidating. I decided on Patheos because it fosters community among its bloggers and encourages dialogue between them. It just seemed like a Public Catholic kind of place.

Money, that great bugaboo for Christians, is not an issue here. Patheos does pay, but frankly, I’m not big-time enough to hit their pay scale. Even if I did, the money is minuscule. I’m talking about maybe taking my husband out for a hamburger once a month minuscule.

Rest assured that if Public Catholic should ever start making substantial money, I’ll alert you to wear your galoshes and carry your umbrella when you leave the house. You’ll need them because there are going to be lots of pigs flying around. The reason for doing this is reach for my ideas, not jingle-jangle for my pocketbook.

That’s everything I know about this for now. I’ll try to keep you informed as things move forward. Say a prayer about this move, that everything about it will be within God’s will and plan.

In Christ,


  • http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com greenlightlady

    I think you are an awesome Christian and an awesome blogger. I will follow you anywhere! It’s a good sign if there are pigs flying about because Jesus warned us there would be. If we are liked by everyone – that ain’t a good sign…

    I will pray for you and for God’s will to be done. And you know what? I hope you can take your hubby on a cruise and not just a hamburger. ( It’s the company that counts – so either is good!)

    ~ Wendy

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      What a kind, generous comment! Thank you Wendy.

  • http://mytestimonyofgrace.wordpress.com 2010amazinggrace

    I appreciate your blogs! Having just recently found it, (I forgot why/how, now), I was impressed with your simplicity, back-to-Jesus look at things. You’re right… regardless of where we sit our bodies on Sunday (or Saturday) our identity is what matters: Children of God, thereby making us brothers and sisters in Christ. Wishing you the best on your platform changes!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you. I hope you follow me over to the new home on Patheos.

  • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

    Yup, Good luck, you deserve it. As others have said, I would follow you anywhere. God and commonsense are far too rare in this world to not stay with one who has both. :-)

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton


  • http://churchmousec.wordpress.com/ churchmouse

    Hello, Rebecca

    Will you be keeping this blog open? I wanted to share with my readers a couple of your posts on voting and thinking morally (your series of seven).

    Thank you for stopping by my blog — greatly appreciated.

    Best wishes at Patheos!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      I think so. As I said, I’m not too swift about this whole process.

      I’ll ask and then give you a more reliable answer when I get one myself.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      It looks like you can re-blog to your heart’s content! This answer is from Dr Dalrymple, the Director of Content at Patheos. I think I violated blogger courtesy with the link I used from Mother Jones in the post “In Defense of Chick-Fil-A.” I brought the whole thing over instead of just a section. I’ll re-do it, if need be. Live and learn.

      “Your old blog will not be shut down, and no content will be lost.

      We will set up the new blog and you will be able to begin posting there. The old blog will remain. We will, however, move all the archives over from the old blog to the new one, so that readers at the new blog can find all of your content. After a couple days, we will set up what’s called a server-level redirect so that anyone looking to find a certain post at your old blog will be redirected to the same post at the new blog.

      So no content will be lost.”

  • http://ackans.wordpress.com Mr. V.

    Thanks for the notice, I’ll definitely follow your blog on to Patheos. Reading your latest posts is one of my morning pleasures. Thanks for all your inspiring and challenging posts.

    Please make sure you post a link here on your wordpress site so that your new blog site can be easily found.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you! Will do.

  • http://biltrix.wordpress.com Biltrix

    Congratulations! And on the Feast of the Trasfiguration. I’ll be following on Twitter, still. One giant leap for Patheos-kind!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you!

      I think you’ll be able to follow on WordPress, as well. I’m just not too knowledgeable about all this stuff so I can’t say for sure.

  • http://hisglorysm.wordpress.com Kathie Siler

    Go and be blessed Rebecca as you continue to be faithful to Him. All to His Glory!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Kathie!

  • http://jessicahof.wordpress.com JessicaHof

    I just want to say how much I concur with what others here have written, and I will certainly be following you. You are a light in the political darkness.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Jessica.

  • http://lifevigil.wordpress.com Beverly

    Congratulations, Rebecca! It’s impressive (but not surprising) that you’ll be moving to Patheos. Great to know that more souls will be blessed by your excellent posts. As a fellow convert to Catholicism I would love to know more about the twisted path that brought you into the Church. Maybe you’ll write about it one day?

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Beverly. Yes, I will write about it in the future.

  • http://theshepherdspresence.wordpress.com theshepherdspresence

    thank you for the warning. I don’t want to lose you, I’m just getting to know you! I admire your tenacity for what is right. When I read your blog, I don’t feel quite as alone. I follow some on blogspot and it is a little clumsy, but if I figured this out, I should be able to keep on. I wish you the very very best, my dear. Back in my college days a ministry advocate told us to “keep on keeping on” and that sure has helped me when I’ve wanted to bury my head in the sand.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      I think that’s the some of the best advice anyone can give a Christian, especially these days. I would just add the caveat “keep on keeping on in faith.”

      ” a ministry advocate told us to “keep on keeping on” and that sure has helped me when I’ve wanted to bury my head in the sand.”

  • http://biblicaldiagnosis.wordpress.com biblicaldiagnosis

    Rebecca. May God’s blessings follow you wherever you are going. I look forward to keep reading your posts.


    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Serge!

  • http://ceciliamschwartz.wordpress.com ceciliamaria

    How exciting for you!! I look forward to following your blog on Patheos! Hope all goes well with the transition! :)

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Cecilia! Looking at the photos on your blog makes me want to head for the beach!

  • http:s.com//mcdermottfootcare.wordpress.com McDermott Footcare

    from http://8kidsandabusiness.wordpress.com Go, Rebecca!! Wonderful news for you and for Christians striving to walk with the Lord.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you dear friend!

  • http://catholibertariandotcom.wordpress.com Teresa Rice

    Congratulations!! I will keep an eye out for the switch to Patheos. God be with you as you start this new journey. God Bless.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Teresa!

  • http://myhopebox.wordpress.com nateaddington

    Congrats, we’ll miss you over here, but I’m sure all your followers will be excited to grow with you in this new adventure. Keep up the good work, you deserve it!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks Nate!

  • http://foragingsquirrel.com

    Dang it! I was just about to give you one of our little wordpress awards! lol. Congratulations! I look forward to reading more on Patheos. :-)

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you for the award I almost got and for your support of this move!

  • http://mybroom.wordpress.com mybroom

    Hi Rebecca,
    I have had you drop in often to ‘Mybroom’, but being an Aussie have not known who you are as your gravator is kinda ‘under the radar’ – anyhow great to read your work – make a comment sometime – it would be good to hear your thoughts. cheers Graeme

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks for stopping by Graeme!

  • http://swissdefenceleague.wordpress.com swissdefenceleague

    Mark 2:17
    17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

    Hello Rebecca,
    If you Remember I came on your blog via common friends and on the Topic : The Crazy People Files.. lol
    Many years ago (as a Protestant) didn’t look twice about A Public Catholic Blog..

    Like Catholics use to tell me, that AS a Protestant I end up in Hell.. like all Protestants.
    The Crazy People Files is already a long way ..better.. lol

    Surprisely enough, Your Open Mind did make me stay, and did Appreciate You!
    We have each other e-mail, You Can Drop a line anytime.

    “On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” ”

    This what did make me post in your topic in the first place, to say about the crazy people files,
    but now I know what you meant, and if someone end up there…well he or she must have done everything for it !
    So God Bless You Rebecca, you and your Family ! Keep The Faith, The Flag High, and Courage on your Path !!!
    There is A Book which is dear to me …it is The Pilgrim’s Progress If You could accept a gift from an heretic protestant, lol, that be the book I like to offer.. and vitualy speaking I do.


    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Wil. I am so glad you decided to stay and comment here. You’ve made some great contributions to the discussion. I’ve never read Pilgrim’s Progress, but I’ll put it on my list of books to read in the future. (It’s a long list! I’m a book/reading addict.)

  • http://swissdefenceleague.wordpress.com swissdefenceleague

    Full: The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

    The Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory of a Christian’s journey (here represented by a character called ‘Christian’) from the “City of Destruction” to the “Celestial City”. Along the way he visits such locations as the Slough of Despond, Vanity Fair, the Doubting Castle, and the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Bunyan, the author, had very little formal education and a humble background. Nonetheless Pilgrim’s Progress is considered one of the masterpieces of English literature, and is required reading for Christians who are on the spiritual path in a world of temptations.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Despond, Vanity Fair, theDoubting Castle, Valley of the Shadow of Death … I can see why the book has held up. It speaks to the human condition.

      I’ll check into it.

  • http://swissdefenceleague.wordpress.com swissdefenceleague

    Well, the found on youtube is not that good, it sound like for kids..even that ..”it with a kid heart that..”
    The Author is John Bunyan :
    It speak to the CHRISTIAN condition.. what a Christian (all denominations…plain Christian, like the name of the hero)… uhm Encounter.. And as you are taking some step further..it is good really.. !! Sure some here, know that book..


    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      I haven’t looked yet, but I bet that I can get it for free on Amazon for my Kindle. They do that a lot with classics. I’m reading a book called “After Virtue” by Alasdair MacIntyre right now. Interesting stuff, although I certainly don’t agree with everything the author says.

      I’ll put Pilgrim’s Progress on my list and read it. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    Thanks – I will keep an extra watch to make sure I follow you to your new site – Blessings as you venture forth on this new adventure!! Patty

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks Patty!

  • http://catholicnomad.wordpress.com The Catholic Nomad: Reclaiming the Sacred

    I think I saw a pig…. :-) Best wishes on the move! I will come over and visit.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton


      See you over there!

      • http://catholicnomad.wordpress.com The Catholic Nomad: Reclaiming the Sacred

        How do I get a link (or is that forthcoming?).

        And you will do awesome I am sure. In this case, it will be great to see some pigs fly!

        • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

          I’m trying to figure this out. We didn’t get Public Catholic moved yesterday, but they are working on it today. I’ve had trouble getting onto it, I think because of that. As soon as I know, I’ll spread the word! I enjoy you, and all the rest of these good folks too much. I don’t want to lose our great conversations.

          • http://catholicnomad.wordpress.com The Catholic Nomad: Reclaiming the Sacred

            Ok, I understand. :-) Hope it all goes well and that you will enjoy it once it is up and running. Thanks!

  • http://doyoumeanwhatiknow.wordpress.com Angela Young

    I follow on Google Reader, so hopefully I’m good :) Angie

  • http://thesanctifiedmuse.com Douglas Abbott

    Hi Rebecca (may I call you Rebecca?),

    Somehow you ended up at my blog (“Asking the Impossible,” thesanctifiedmuse.com) and now I’m at yours. I’m new at this blogging thing too. Been doing it a year and a half, and I have a readership of about five. I like your disarming “what you see is what you get” candor and your emphasis on standing up for Jesus. The world is truly getting hostile toward God and particularly Jesus. I’m a Protestant, but I’ve never been into denominational squabbles. I guess I’d like to know a bit more about this Patheos. In a sentence or two, what is it (if you have the time to comment, of course)?

    Yours in Christ,
    Douglas Abbott

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Hi Douglas!

      I really like your blog. Your recent quote from Huegl (spelling???) that christianity is a participation in Christ really got to me. So true.

      Patheos is a web site which brings together bloggers with different backgrounds who blog about faith, in all its aspects. I am part of what we call “the Catholic Portal” which means I write from the viewpoint of a Catholic. I also am part of the “New and Politicals Channel” because I write about being an elected official who is also a Catholic. Hence the name of my blog: Public Catholic. However, I want to speak to all Christians and not just Catholics. I believe we are at a time where we need to stand together for Christ and forget all our petty differences. After all, there is only one Jesus.

      There are people of every type of philosophy concerning faith here at Patheos, including atheists. Most of them are far more intellectual, famous and generally spiffy than me. I am honored that they let me in at Patheos and I enjoy blogging here a lot.

      Any more questions? Just ask. And welcome to Public Catholic.