I was recently described as a long-winded, meandering son of a so-in-so (well, not a so-in-so, but I don’t like using foul language) by a blog reviewer from a website that specializes in reviewing blogs. Now, I usually try to let things slide—the old “water off a duck’s back” kind of mentality—but something about this still sticks in my craw. I will admit that I submitted my blog for review if for no other reason than to direct traffic to it. No one writes a blog that doesn’t want it read. Blogging is not journaling so no one blogs in private (at least no one should). Think about it, it’s on the internet—the antithesis of private. It’s about as private as writing on the public bathroom wall. My point is that of course I would like more people to read my blog, so I submitted it to a couple of blog linking and logging and reviewing sites. Because I submitted it, I have to take the lumps that come my way. I have written before about how the blogosphere is predominately left-leaning, so I expect a certain backlash on my worldview.
The funny thing is that the reviewer (who goes by the nom deplume of Scorpio—which always gives me pause; if you’re going to express a public view, be man enough to put your name on it) didn’t really have much bad to say about my writing style (other than meandering) and as for my content, he only criticized my jab at Obama (boy, did he hate that one). The real butt-chafing annoyance comes from those who read his blog and feel the need to offer their own comments to my blog.
There are those who spend their days surfing blogs. I imagine they have the RSS feeds linked to their favorites list in their browser to make perusing them that much quicker. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, I encourage it. Add mine to the list. I have some concerns for those who only read blogs and do not read objective news sources (yes, there are one or two of those left), especially considering the leftist bias most bloggers seem to have. My concern is that those who only read leftist blogs adopt a leftist attitude and we don’t need any more liberals in this country. Some of these individuals evidently think they have the right to pass judgment on other’s opinions—perhaps because they spend so much time reading opinions that they assume they are experts.
Some of these “experts” are so capable that they can offer an opinion on my blog without needing to actually read it. Those of you have been reading for any length of time know my stance on politics and society, and I make it clear on my “Who me” page. Unfortunately, most liberals think that a conservative is a moron and incapable of coherent thought or of possessing the ability to put two words together in a meaningful way. They blasted my blog without reading it. One even had the gall to say that I don’t know how to write based on his misinterpretation of one sentence in an introductory paragraph. I read his blog, he writes more muddled and twisted phrases than I could ever hope to compose without the aid of alcohol.
No, most of these comments are not from writers, but from liberal readers who prefer to cluster together like school girls in the hallway and deride anyone who is not them. They cluck-cluck together and spout clichéd assessments of the conservative mindset; lumping all conservatives under the banner of biased, racist, militant, back-woods, camouflage-wearing, beer-drinking, homophobic trailer park illiterates, while they make themselves feel better for being so much more enlightened that they can spot these Neanderthals and avoid them like the social outcast they make them out to be.
If anyone wishes to disagree with my blog, by all means, feel free. I challenge you to comment. But if you’re going to “bring it” then I suggest you bring it with more than some dismissive comment about how stupid conservatives are, or how uninformed I am. If I am wrong about something, prove me wrong. Provide facts that disprove my assertions. Don’t come at me with “you’re wrong, you’re stupid and I’m not listening to you lalalalalalalalala I can’t hear you!” That is just plain insulting and does nothing to promote public debate or awareness. I don’t write just to find validation among the liberal crowd, but it would be nice if at least one of them stopped to say, I disagree with you, but you write well. At least Scorpio said that much.
The saddest thing, though, is that not all of my blogs are political/social. I have written some amusing anecdotes and some thought-provoking reviews as well as other columns that I think people might like. The review site didn’t mention those and none of those who commented bothered to read them. Maybe I need to segment my blog and create separate blogs for those columns. Any suggestions?