Sunday, November 02, 2008

Da World Redux

Here's an anonymous comment to my blog post titled Da World:

"I sure wish you could just leave out the politics altogether-- I read blogs precisely to stay away from all that stuff. It's going to make it difficult now for me to enjoy your blog the way I used to."

And here's my comment on your comment. It's your prerogative not to read my blog. I wasn't trying to insult anyone. Nor was I trying to drive anyone away. I try not to rant here - at least not often. I try very hard not to post about the Red Sox, just three or four posts in a 162 game season because very few of you are as interested in them as I am.

But given where I live in northern Virginia, it's impossible to ignore politics. It's what people do. It's what people talk about in line at the grocery store, or at the bank, or anywhere at least two people gather. It's on the news, both local and national. And it's the favorite topic of my two college aged children.

I don't think my post was out of line. Sure. Now my readers probably have guessed which party I'm voting for. Okay. I can live with that.

What I can't live with is the subject of my original post - having my patriotism questioned because of whom I am voting for.

I was going to say more. But not now.

Tomorrow I will return to posting about needlework, if I survive the moving of my LNS.


Rachel said...

I have to chime in on this. Its your blog - write what you will, rant even, especially if it helps you move on.

I agree with you 100%+ about its the readers right to move on if we dont like what you have written.

Personally, I like reading about the political views of others. It does help me think about what my views are and how they differ. Thinking is good ;o)

Anna van Schurman said...

Here's what I do when I run into attitudes on people's blogs that I don't like: I stop reading them. But I certainly don't tell them that. Because what they write on their blogs is their business. Perhaps this reader doesn't realize that you don't write the blog for her. WTF is wrong with people?

I read blogs to stay away from politics. What kind of attitude is that?

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are going to stick to posts about needlework, after all, that's what this blog is supposed to be about. Politics are fine but there are many blogs out there exclusively for that-- needlework is supposed to be a relaxing escape.

Jennifer said...

I agree with Rachel that it's certainly your prerogative to talk about whatever you want to on YOUR blog. Nobody is forcing anyone else to read it.

I will say, however, that sometimes political discussion leads me to discover things I wish I didn't know about people in my life. For instance, my DH's extended family, whom I love greatly, has shocked, appalled, saddened and disappointed me with all the right wing crap they've been forwarding around. One of my closest friends won't even consider voting for the candidate who could probably best help her and her family because she's convinced he's a politcial puppet for some nefarious characters.

I will also add that DH and I are registered Republicans and are generally middle of the road to slightly conservative in our views. And we'll be voting for Obama on Tuesday. I think it's an informed, well thought out decision, free of rumors, innuendos, and based on the facts. I am only sorry that there are people I know and love who cannot say the same about their decision.

Perhaps that's what your anonymous commenter was trying to convey in a rather inelegant way - that they are disappointed in your political viewpoints (though I must say politics is hardly the focus of your blog and they're overreaching for sure.)

Coni said...'s your blog and you'll rant if you want to. If I can put stupid pictures of my dog wearing a wig and get "Oh so cute" comments, then you should CERTAINLY be allowed to write/post about anything old thing you want to, especially when it involves making me actually use my brain to THINK. Rock on, girlfriend.

Lee said...

Remember the "trolls" back when we used rctn? I'm wondering if that's what is happening here, since this commentor is remaining anonymous and the most recent comment doesn't really address your actual post content.

Regardless, it's foolish to think that we blog about stitching in a vacuum. Life goes on with us and around us and if we choose to write about other facets of our life, it's all good in blogland!

Anonymous said...

Go Red Sox - I agree - continue on as you have been- ignore those that always complain