Monday, September 13, 2004


I have no political bumper stickers on my car.

I have no political buttons on my blog.

It's not that I don't believe in anything, I guess I just tend not to want to clutter up everyone's life by forcing my beliefs into theirs. After all, while I know there are a few of you out there who read my odd ramblings and like my nail polish (this week's color: OPI's Outback Aphrodesiac), I'd rather have buttons that show my preference for, I don't know, musicals over war movies, or the 1920s over the 1960s, or crime dramas over reality shows.

That said, I'm on the fence about something here.

If I were the single-most read knitting blog every day, would I change the way I wrote, how I wrote, or what I wrote?

It's sort of like that whole Charles Barkley thing, where he said he was not a role model.

In Charles' case, he was in the position where his very job made him a role model. And yet he was technically only paid to play basketball.

But people don't blog for money, they do it to, well, do it, I guess. Although there is a certain hierarchy in the blog world and at this point maybe there's some fame involved, a level of queen-bee-ness, if you will. Does that mean there is a responsibility to what is said in one's blog?

In two recent cases, there were hurt feelings. In both, it was merely opinions reflected. However, in one, it was opinions that the entire readership might have interest in. In the other, only about 22 people had an interest in what was said, and those 22 people have a group email address. The other 21 people would have much more limited readership had they posted something similar on their blogs. Could the extreme negativity not have been saved for a group email, instead of a blog that hundreds (or more) people read, every day?

Or should the number of the readership not affect what is posted on the blog?

I guess every time I conclusively feel that someone with that great a readership should have more of a responsibility, I then think that person can do what they want to.

In this case, maybe the discussion would have been dealt with more tactfully offline.



Blogger Jen said...

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that the latter scenario involed the SSRP... :) It's all been smoothed over now (I hope), but I do agree that in that particular case it would've been handled better via our group email. Oh well. C'est la vie! And, by the way, you asked about the list of where the box has been so far? It's posted on the SSRP page. There's a link in the most recent post to a PDF file. That's what Nancy was referring to. Take care! - Jen from MonkeyKnits

3:37 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Gee, I wish I knew what the flap was about, but then I'm like that. Actually, I think that no matter if a blog is read by one or millions, the writer has no obligation to anyone but her/himself. If I don't like what someone writes on their blog, I don't go there anymore. Easy. If someone doesn't like what I write on my blog and they don't come to it anymore, that's fine with me. Bottom line, it's your blog, write what you want. JMO

7:33 PM  
Blogger Rabbitch said...

When I started my blog, I was encouraged to do so by a lady who told me "write it for you. If others like it they will read it; if they don't, they won't. But it's your blog, so if you amuse yourself then it's achieved its purpose." I think that the purpose of a blog is to write what you like, and if people don't like it they should go away (and talk about you behind your back). But that's just me. And I have no idea what you're talking about anyhow, so I should just shut up.

4:48 AM  
Blogger Dani said...

I agree that you should have the right to post whatever you want on your blog, but I think you need to decide something about the format of your blog before you start. Do you want a huge readership where hundreds of people read your blog every day? Or do you want to say what you really feel? I would hope that most people would say what they really feel and then let the readership fall where it may, but I think it is also natural to want people to read your work. So I am sure most people alter what they are thinking to be funnier/more politically correct/hipper in order to gain readers and try not to offend anyone.

But then, it doesn't matter what you say - someone will always disagree with it.


6:49 AM  
Blogger Janice in GA said...

Perhaps it was like the time knit blogger dissed the Purling Puppies web ring. (She's interested in knitting, not our pets.) I responded to say yup, I'm a member. Dogs and knitting are two very big parts of my life. It's ok if you don't like that, since if you don't, it just means you're not my audience. And everybody seemed to be ok with that. Then word got around that there was A Mean Old Person Who Hated Puppies and Blogged About It. Lots of silly comments ensued, from puppy defenders and blogger defenders both.
Then it all blew over, and people mostly forgot about it.
That being said, I personally would rather be kind than controversial. Controversial is frequently more interesting to read, but you have to take the fallout from being controversial and/or outspoken in opinions. For myself, I've been smart; I'd recommend pleasant. And you may quote me. :-)

10:42 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I think that the reason I love blogs so much is the freedom of speech. No matter what people say, newspapers are censored and edited and at times, one's written masterpieces virtually changed for the viewing public. So, the thought of blogs being a place where everyone can write whatever they want is awsome! With that said, there still exists common curtousy and politeness. I personally wouldn't want to hurt people's feelings......but THAT'S me. So, I am with others, if you don't like what you are reading, don't go there and read it.

12:16 PM  

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