From a recent NYT article about how influencers are having a harder time these days making a living:

“A small number of creators shot to fame, propelling the occupation to the top of career wish lists for many teens (and adults). But behind the scenes, creators say the job is grueling. They need to constantly produce compelling posts or risk losing momentum. They spend their days planning, filming and editing posts while also working to make inroads with advertisers and interacting with fans.” 

“’It is a lot more work than most people realize,’ says Emarketer analyst Jasmine Enberg.”

I thought, Minus the working to make inroads with advertisers, that’s what I’VE been doing for the last 15 years!  

On another front, the annual Catholic Media Association conference took place last week.

From an article in today’s “Always Forward,” the daily newsletter of Angelus News, media arm of the Archdiocese of LA:

“Angelus won a total of 22 Catholic Media Awards for work published in 2023, including First Place honors for its daily newsletter, Always Forward, and columnists Heather King and Greg Erlandson. 

The awards were announced at the conclusion of the 2024 Catholic Media Conference, held June 18-21 in Atlanta. 

The awards’ judges praised Always Forward on its layout and graphic design, diversity of reading content, strategic placement of ads, and even its “beautiful name.” Always Forward is curated by Angelus multimedia editor Tamara Long-Garcia.

“Features like global reading links, Photo of the Day, and social media links at the bottom enhance reader engagement and encourage return visits,” the judges wrote. “Overall, these thoughtful touches contribute to the success of the publication and keep readers coming back for more.”

This year marked the sixth time weekly Angelus columnist Heather King was awarded First Place for her column “Desire Lines” in the “Arts, Leisure, Culture, and Food” category. Judges praised her writing as “clear, unapologetic, honest, [and] exposed.” 

Erlandson’s column, which won first place in the magazine “General Commentary” category, was described as “excellent work in a crowded field,” and “a joy to read.” 

Et cetera. So up with Angelus News, score one for the home team, and all, all glory to God.


20 Replies to “INFLUENCER”

  1. Anonymous says: Reply

    Congratulations Heather! You deserve this award and acknowledgement that your column is an inspiration to read. Glory to God!
    You have been influencing me, in a spiritual way.

  2. Julia Rolwing says: Reply

    Congratulations, Heather! Your column moves us and encourages us, and is a beautiful work of art in itself! Love, Julia

  3. “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

  4. Anonymous says: Reply

    I love receiving your writing in my email. Thank you. Christine

  5. Congratulations, Heather. Well deserved.

  6. Anonymous says: Reply

    Hearty congratulations to you Heather!!! So well deserved!!! I just love this for you!!!

  7. Anonymous says: Reply

    You really are an influencer! Congratulations on your award!

  8. Christopher Boehle-Silva says: Reply

    Well down, good and faithful servant! You serve is all with your love and insights on faith and culture. Keep it up.

  9. Congratulations, Heather! Well-deserved! God Bless You!

  10. Anonymous says: Reply

    Congrats, Heather, great job!!

  11. Susan Manus says: Reply

    Congratulations Heather! You have greatly influenced my life and faith. You can truthfully say that you were an influencer before it was cool!

  12. HEATHER KING says: Reply

    Aw thanks so much, everybody…I hope you got that the notion of being an “influencer” is a joke…I’m an influencEE…(by Christ) and in my better moments, maybe a kind of sharer….so so grateful to you all for trudging along with me, and for your support and love…

    1. You have most definitely influenced my life and faith in the most wonderful and positive of ways. I can hear “Well done…”.

      1. PS Congratulations!

  13. Rebecca Pettigrew says: Reply

    Keep on keeping on, Heather. Thank you for your beautiful heart and dedication to Christ. You ARE an influencer through your relentless search for integrity through Him, with Him, and in Him. I am grateful for your writings, your very distinctive voice crying out in the wilderness. A treasure of the Church.

  14. I truly appreciate your ‘influence,’ and congratulate you on your column’s first place win for the sixth year in a row. Well done.

  15. Anonymous says: Reply

    Congrats Heather. Thanks for sharing your work here with us. God’s continued blessings.

  16. HEATHER KING says: Reply

    Thanks so much for these later comments…so many of you are friends, or people I’ve met on my travels…wishing you all the best on your own life, work and pilgrimage as well!

  17. MaryAnn Rousseau says: Reply

    Congratulations on your award and for your contributions to Magnificat. I just started following you through your book Harrowed. I can identify with different aspects of your life.I admire your writing skills and your ability to share your life, the ups and downs that we all experience. I find much comfort and encouragement as you describe your garden of love. Looking forward to reading your next book. You are an influencer in a most positive way. God bless

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Thank you so much, MaryAnn–glad you can relate and to have you on board…the new book should be available by fall…Wishing you a fruitufl summer.

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