One of the things I’ve learned through blogging is there is no limit to the stupidity of our species.
Once you put your opinion out there, it’s open season and regardless of what sort of reason or logic you use to express your opinion, many webizens are committed to showing you the error of your thinking in the most vitriolic manner. Just read some of the comments on the CBC website sometime if you want to see a shallow gene pool.
In some ways, I’m lucky with this blog – I don’t have that many readers and those who do read it generally don’t express any opinions. I’m grateful for those regulars (shout-out to WWW, GNB & Chris) who take the time to offer comment. It’s their participation which often prompts me to write another post when it’s 2am and I can’t sleep.
It burns my butt when someone who contributes mightily to the blogging canon comes under attack to the extent that they decide to pull the plug. That’s what happened with Peter Whittle, the author of Polemic & Paradox who decided today to drop what he describes as “The Final Curtain”, “With only 55 days to go before this fall's general election, some folks are getting a bit touchy about my political commentary and observations. As a result, P&P is going to take a break for an undetermined period. I thought about switching gears but it is difficult to teach an old dog a new trick.”
I enjoy reading Peter’s extensive writing on a broad range of issues. He is always respectful with his opinion and backs it up where need be with fact and personal experience. To me, that’s the three-legged stool of personal opinion blogging.
The blogging world will be the poorer for his absence. I urge you to visit his blog and encourage him to keep Polemic & Paradox alive.