Maybe it’s seasonal — I really hate the darkness of winter — but I find myself sufficiently discouraged by the debate side of blogging to “hit the mute button” for a while. It isn’t the first time I’ve felt like withdrawing from what too often amounts to a tug-of-war. I didn’t blog at all in 2017, in part, because of that.
For months now I’ve been thinking of ending this blog (or taking another break), but I like having the outlet to express myself. I don’t do Twitter or Facebook or Instagram; I like to write about stuff. Whatever stuff strikes my fancy (which apparently breaks a Blogging Rule about focusing on a single topic).
My problem is that I’m tired of debates that go nowhere.
I want to be clear this isn’t about having people agree with me, or even the idea that debates need to end in agreement.
But I do feel they should end in understanding.
Ideally, they end with agreement on common grounds and recognition of different assumptions that result in different views.
For me, the best result of a debate is: “Ah, yes, I understand why you see it that way, and your view is valid given your axioms. I do not share those axioms, so my view differs for X, Y, and Z, reasons.”
I’ve been chewing on my options for a while now…
I could take a break, but I have that need to express myself.
So I thought, maybe what I should do it close comments on this blog and withdraw from commenting on other blogs (since I see it as not fair to disallow comment here and then go comment elsewhere).
And that’s basically the plan.
I’m mostly going to stay in my little corner of the interweb and mutter to myself about whatever strikes my fancy.
I’m going to try leaving comments open for a short (and I mean short) period — maybe a week or ten days (or maybe just 24 hours). And I may put in an occasional utterly chatty appearance elsewhere.
Or not. I’ll see how it goes. I’m definitely an “all or nothing” kind of guy.
Bottom line: If you’re used to me making an appearance on your blog, this explains my making myself scarce (if you even noticed). In turn, feel free to unfollow or ignore me.
One truth is that I want to devote what little interest and energy for blogging that I have left for writing. On several levels I’m not sure how long I’ll keep doing this — it would be neat to have 1000 posts (
123 122 to go). (It would be kind of cool to post #900 on New Year’s Day.)
Mostly, given the political and social situation, my soul is screaming out for an end to conflict and polarized thought.
I just don’t have it in me to debate things anymore.
Stay mellow, my friends.