There exists a love/hate relationship between me and a couple of other bloggers, maybe more, who knows. All I know is that they seem to love to hate me, they get off on sending me notes in which they critique my writing, comment on my choice of topics, and generally try to get my goat.
The problem is that there is no goat to get.
Blogging is very personal. It is an expression of yourself and your values. It doesn’t matter whether it is politics, humor or religion. It doesn’t matter if you try and filter out your opinion, if you post enough material and do it long enough a picture of who you are is created.
I don’t think that this is a bad thing, it is in my mind a good thing. But if you allow it, it can open you up to hard feelings. If you allow the words and thoughts of others to define your sense of self, if you give them the power they can make you feel badly.
But why allow some nameless cyberspace denizens wreck your day. If someone blogrolls you or unblogrolls you it is not alway a personal affront or attack on you as a person. And even if it is, don’t sweat the small stuff.
So to those of you who love to hate me, I thank you for your continued patronage, for the notes and comments you leave. I am gratified by the attention and strongly encourage you to stick around. It has been fun. 🙂