It should be obvious that this blog reflects personal interests and opinions. You may not always share the same viewpoint as the author, but such is life. There’s an old saying, “It takes all kinds to make a world.” The wide variety of interests found in such a place as, for instance, the internet guarantees an interesting – if sometimes uncomfortable – ride. The hope is, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” and “As long as it isn’t hurting anyone, let Freedom Reign!” (Rah, Rah!)
Anyway, here it is. If you don’t like what you see here, c’est la vie. Sorry to have wasted your time. No doubt, you’ll find something you like better further down the ‘highway.’ Thanks for stopping by!
I’ve seen at least one other blogger post a “Follow Policy,” and that seems like a good idea. It helps to make it clear why I may, or may not, choose to follow another blogger. If you follow me, it’s not a given that I will follow you. I don’t follow other bloggers hoping they will follow me.
Part of it is the number of hours in a day. There are so many interesting blogs that one could spend their life just as a reader. The problem is, the more I read, the less I write. I’m here to write.
I follow bloggers that interest me. That almost always means those who are writing from their own hearts, and it often means bloggers who are somehow on the fringe or edge of society. I especially like the cynical, the edgy, the fractured and the outsiders. I’m not big on photo blogs, fiction blogs or blogs with the primary purpose of selling something.
Bottom line, if I don’t follow you, don’t take it personally. Your blog may be fascinating and wonderful, but given how little time I devote to reading, I must be highly selective. And for what it’s worth, I’m far more inclined to follow those who interact with me via comments, either on their or my blog.
I’ve also seen bloggers post an Awards Policy, and that also sounds like a good idea to me. A lot of the awards I’ve seen seem like super-duper Likes — ways for one blogger to show another blogger how much they like them. That’s really cool (and in many cases, very inventive)! They’re also a great social mechanism — the “pass it on by naming X other bloggers” thing builds networks. Also very cool.
The thing is,… well,… it’s just that they make me uncomfortable. In my family we were always very careful about justice and being even-handed. If some great honor or privilege was bestowed upon me or my sister, the other was always given some small compensation so as not to feel left out. More importantly, perhaps, what little we had was always given out equally (and so fairness is a core principle for me).
I feel a little awkward about the whole thing is all I’m saying, plus I always feel bad for the bloggers who never get awards. I’m always drawn to underdogs, and given my druthers I’d like to stand with those unrewarded and unawarded.
So,… love the spirit of the thing, but would ask to recuse myself from nomination.
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