Russell Kirk on Writing for the Men and Women Whose Names No One Ever Hears

Russell Kirk, whose most famous book is The Conservative Mind, wrote a book about the poet T.S. Eliot: Eliot and His Age.

T.S. Eliot, besides being a poet, also started and edited a journal of criticism: The Criterion.

In discussing the meaning and importance of Eliot's editorial work, Russell Kirk writes this about the place of "serious journals" in cultural life:

Since the beginning of the Age of Discussion, in the latter half of the eighteenth century, the tone of civilized life and the fabric of social order had been maintained in considerable part by the serious journals of opinion and criticism.
 
These magazines, carrying on discussion of first principles and current controversies among educated and reflective people, had exerted a profound influence upon those who more directly shaped public opinion — clergymen, professors, newspaper editors, lawyers, public men, and a great many of the men and women whose names no one ever hears, but who individually command the respect of friends and neighbors, and thus turn the mind of the public in one direction or another.

Even though I very much doubt that anyone might think of Just a Catholic Family as a "serious journal," I will nevertheless state it for the record: this is not a serious journal or publication.

But there is a sense in which Just a Catholic Family, like other blogs, can influence society for the better by speaking of the good things in life to "the men and women whose names no one ever hears."