Sunday, March 20, 2011

blogsite for Asian Women Religious

Proposal for a blogsite for Asian Women Religious
18 March 2011
ucanews.com, a website containing news of interest to Asian Catholics and their friends abroad, would like to host a blog for Women Religious in Asia.
The purpose of this document is to introduce the idea, explain a little about what it would entail and why we would like to do this and to guage interest among Sisters in Asia.
Blogging
A “blog”  is a contraction of the term "web log" and is designed to do precisely that - log your thoughts and comments on issues that interest you on a website.
Usually a blog is maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.
Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.
It is probably easiest to think of it as a diary but one that is available for everyone to read.
The best blogs attract comments from readers and lead to replies and, with luck, an on-going dialogue.
Women Religious Blog
Unlike most blogs, this would contain many voices and would open to all women religious in Asia to contribute to.
Entries could be about any topic you wish - your work, conditions where you work, local issues affecting you, your congregation or community. They could be about Church issues, social issues, health issues, education issues. You might feel like writing about spirituality, prayer or politics.
It can be a vehicle to air grievances, to seek out others with similar problems or interests who might be able to help with your own, if only through the support of being there.
Whatever any sister wishes to write about is, by definition, a valid topic.
This is all about creating a large online “conversation” and providing a vehicle for your voices to be heard.
We at ucanews.com will assist by preparing your entries for publication and putting them up on our website. We have plans to start a number of blogs by people with specific interests and the Women Religious Blog will stand alongside these.
We are also mindful that some sisters work in remote areas where electricity supplies, let alone internet connections, are unreliable or non-existent. It is essential that we hear from these women too. So we are happy to take handwritten blog entries posted to our local offices where it can be input to a computer.
We realize that postal costs may prevent this so ucanews.com would be happy to pay the postage on these entries.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Bill Condie
Editor-in-Chief, ucanews.com
UCAN 128/332-333  Phyathai Plaza, 30th Floor
30th Floor, Phyathai Road,
Bangkok 10400 Thailand 
Phone: +662-612-1690-1
Fax: +662-612-1692
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