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July 02, 2006

Oh, it's just that you all have lives.

The blog people

I have to admit that it was a bit disconcerting to post my previous post early yesterday morning, go off to work, come home 14 hours later and find... nothing. What was going on? Had I managed to somehow offend everyone by posting on a controversial subject? But I know my readers, at least some of them, and I knew that at least a few of you (Cate) would be compelled to respond to something like this, even if you thought I'd handled it badly or something. So I was puzzled. And then I woke up this morning and found eight comments. A-ha! It was a Saturday, of a holiday weekend, even! No doubt you all just had better things to do during the day than comment on blogs. (I mean, I hadn't been home to read blogs all day, so why should I expect you would be?) Although why the heck are you all reading blogs in the middle of the night? Hmm.

Most of the time, I try to avoid too much talk of politics or especially religion, because I know my readers are fairly diverse in those areas (especially religion). My basic political views are fairly obvious, but most of you probably don't even know what my religious views are. (Of course, neither do I, much of the time, but that's a different issue). And virtually all of you read my blog (or at least started reading my blog) either for the knitting (um, sorry, I promise I still do that) or now the summer reading or because you know me from elsewhere, either in real life or somewhere else online. I know I'm not Bitch Ph.D. (although I'd sometimes like to be). I try to give you what I assume you come here for: knitting, books, updates on my life, the occasional cute kitten picture. But... I don't know. Sometimes I'd like to talk about more "important" things. (Although when it comes down to it, I'm not sure I'm convinced there's a whole lot more important than knitting and books and kittens.) Yesterday I did, albeit in a more humorous way. The comments I've gotten so far seem to indicate that you're okay with this, but I wonder about the people who didn't comment. I know that what I post on my blog is my business, but I care about my readers and I don't like the idea of alienating people by talking about things I should perhaps leave alone.

So... I don't know. Opinions? Do you mind the "serious" posts? Or should I just stick to my knitting?

(I also feel compelled to point out that in writing this post I have been simulataneously procrastinating doing my real homework, doing my D&D homework, kitchenering a toe [ha! knitting content!], and cleaning my house. And now I'm running late for an appointment. Bye!)

Posted by Kat at July 2, 2006 10:27 AM

I like the occasional serious post. :)

For some reason, my comments weren't mailed to me yesterday, either. Then I opened up my mail this morning and got the whole day's worth of comments. Very odd!

I've added my page count to my sidebar for SRP - hopefully that will make it easier for you! Also, all my SRP posts are tagged as "Reading."

Posted by: Chris at July 2, 2006 10:48 AM

I think it's all fine just the way it is. So are you :-)

Posted by: beadslut at July 2, 2006 11:20 AM

i though yesterdays comments were thought provoking, I had never looked at the issue that way.

Keep the blog just as it is

Posted by: Maureen at July 2, 2006 11:37 AM

I'm a firm believer that you should blog about whatever you damn well feel like, so if it's knitting you want to write about, that's great.... but if you want to write about something else too... That's groovy.

Posted by: nikkiana at July 2, 2006 12:28 PM

Huh? Just carry on as you are.

Personally, I don't comment if 1)I have nothing new to bring to the table or 2) I just don't care. True, I don't comment if I'm pissed, either. That kind of falls into the category of Don't Care. The energy can be better spent - the odds are my politics are more offensive to the general populace than yours, which means I would then have to argue with everyone else who reads the comment, etc. *shrug*

Posted by: Christine at July 2, 2006 02:14 PM

I didn't post for the same reasons as Christine.

I wasn't going to say anything, but, since you asked, I was offended by the Christian bashing because...well...even though I'm an Episcopalian, I'm also a Christian. ;-)

I wasn't offended by your post. Don't get me wrong. Leander and I had a nice laugh and interesting conversation over supper about it. I just didn't feel welcome to participate in the conversation--even though I like to think that I'm capable of being intelligent and a Christian at the same time.

That said, keep the deep stuff coming. It was an interesting read.

Posted by: Kristy at July 2, 2006 05:53 PM

A blog is supposed to be a place where you can voice your opinions. I'd say go with the serious posts when the mood strikes. I love your blog.

Posted by: Ivy at July 2, 2006 07:02 PM

Hi Kat!
Being a set-in-the-ways lurker does have its pitfalls. One of them is not commenting or answering comments. I do agree with you on that politically frank post and my Danish co-workers would cheer whole-heartedly! However, I also admit that many folks would take offense and I would not have to guts to write those words. Glad to see you do!

Posted by: Kimberly at July 2, 2006 11:42 PM

Hey Kat,
One thing I enjoy most about reading blogs of people I don't know in "real life" is getting to experience who they are, beyond the knitting. I don't always agree with them, but, so what? They've chosen to share a bit of themselves with the world at large and I've chosen to partake. I don't like, I move on. That rarely happens, though, because I find that having a little sense of who they are lets me appreciate their point of view even when I disagree.

Posted by: Erica at July 3, 2006 01:18 AM

I agree -- keep posting whatever you want to post :)
Besides, the people discussed in that last post are clearly crazy, entirely separate from their religious beliefs -- if you offend someone because they agree with those people, do you really care?

Posted by: Tracy at July 3, 2006 10:39 AM

Oh...Don't get me wrong, I wasn't pissed. My actual thought was, "Of course" and then I went on to other blogs I read.

Posted by: Christine at July 3, 2006 03:21 PM

I love your blog just the way it is! Everything you write about is interesting, and I like your style of writing.

Posted by: Judy at July 3, 2006 03:30 PM

Variety is the spice of life sunshine. although I can honestly say, I enjoy a good political barb a lot more than pictures of kittens. But as has been mentioned before, it's your blog, if you want to do nothing but post pictures of lint, that's totally up to you. Although I think you would lose readership that way.

Posted by: vickie at July 3, 2006 09:07 PM
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