I really enjoy blogging.
I love the freedom of expression and the validation I get from fellow bloggers who read what I write and leave encouraging comments. It makes me feel like I'm part of a creative community and that's pretty fucking cool.
I've even met some of you in person, exchanged personal e-mails outside of the blogs and gotten to know a bit more about you as real people.
But this newfound intimacy with my blogfriends is hampering my ranting. Seriously.
For instance, I know that one of my regular readers is a Mormon; so I feel skiddish about bagging on Mormons because I really like and respect her and I don't want to alienate her. But there is so much rich material to mine. I'm like a kid peeking through the windows of a closed candy store, wishing I could get in there.
Another regular reader is a Teamster, so I'm hesitant to rant about my hatred of 18 wheelers and how the inconsiderate drivers thereof bog down traffic while taking up both fucking lanes and take 5 hours to get from a dead stop up to highway speed. My daily road rage at 18 wheelers, if properly harnessed, could power a major city for hours.
I have a visitor who is a cyclist, so I no longer want to go off on spandex-clad slow pokes who think they are entitled to just as much space and consideration as the 18 wheelers.
Some of my readers are attorneys. Ah, fuck 'em. I'll still tell lawyer jokes. Not like they haven't heard any before, right? Fucking lawyers!
I have Republicans who read my blog. REPUBLICANS!! And they are not the stereotypical, mindless drones that I see all around me. They are thoughtful, moderate, intelligent people. So I feel bad about taking the easy route and just painting all of them with a broad brush.
To summarize, the more I get to know my readers, the more sensative I am to their hot buttons. Which makes me more sympathetic to their points of view. Which makes me more cautious about what I post because I like my new friends and don't want to be a dick and drive them off with my insensitivity.
If I continue down this touchy-feely path, my average post will consist of "How about this weather?" or "Go Chiefs!" or "I like biscuits. Do you?" In which case everyone will get bored and just stop reading.
On the other hand, if I continue saying whatever the fuck crosses my mind, I will eventually offend enough people and push enough buttons that no one will want to read me because I've offended everybody. I will become a blog-pariah and no one will come here any more.
So, I need your votes.
Do I be nice to my new friends (who I hope will become real live people friends and not just on-line blog friends) by respecting their sensitivities?
Or, do I remain true to the original content that drew people here in the first place, say whatever the fuck I want to say about whatever I want and let the chips fall where they may?
Thursday, May 31, 2007
I really enjoy blogging.