When I was a newbie blogger, I thought it was cool to write about Big Issues. Religion. Freedom. Patriotism. The Meaning Of Life.
It put me on the blogging map and gave me my best stats, way back in November 2012. More than 12,000 hits that one month. More than 300,000 hits later, I’ve learned a few things.
I do not want to rule anything, manage anything, or pretend I want to be in charge. I really don’t. Not one little bit. I would not write now what I wrote then. During the more than three years since, I’ve set limits and enforce them on myself. Blog and learn.
I don’t want to convince anyone of anything, at least here. I won’t take on religion or politics. I’ll offer an historical perspective on the constitutional convention and a painfully detailed explanation why term limits are a terrible idea. How they will make Congress worse, not better. But that’s as close as I’ll get.
You want to spend the night talking about The Meaning of Life? Come on over. We’ll have cake, coffee, and talk till sunrise. Just not on the website.
Why not? Because I can’t say what I mean in 600 words. When I — or you — address a major issue on a blog, the result is inevitably a pile of generalizations … or an incredibly long treatise that few will bother to read. Even when we know better, the nature of blogging is to go for pithy and quotable. You can’t give a developed explanation of anything significant in so few words. Or at least, I can’t.
And, I don’t marry my opinions. I may change my mind tomorrow or next week. Part of the freedom thing.
Whatever you read here, don’t assume I’m trying to win you to a point of view. I hold an intense dislike of bigots, racists, and haters in general. I have a lifelong commitment to equality, human rights, and being nice to each other. Otherwise, you don’t have to agree with anything I say. Whatever you think I’m selling, I’m not.
You, me, and everyone else has the right to believe whatever we want. As long as you aren’t trying to stuff it up my (or anyone’s) nose. If it isn’t hate-speak and you aren’t advocating violence towards anyone, I’m okay.
If, however, you are committed to belief in a flat world ruled by Zeus? Go for it. Just — forgive me if I can’t stop laughing.