Blogging my Spleen

A blogger has a couple of choices; write a post and publish it, or save that post to their drafts folder.  I’ve read comments from different bloggers to the effect that, most of us have blog drafts that will never see the light of day.  This does break down a little further from two options, should the blogger decide that they are going to publish.  Many blog posts are written quickly and fired from the hip.  I happen to blog like this when the subject matter is best served with an open response.  The other option is to read your draft, then read it again and maybe even ask a friend to cast an eye over it too.  My point is that bloggers have choices.

The spleen acts primarily as a blood filter. As such, it is a non-vital organ, with a healthy life possible after removal.

A person reading a blog also has choices.  They may choose not to read a particular blog at all, or to only read posts that speak to them through the post title.  If the reader does read a post, they then have the choice to respond or to get on with their day.  If they choose to comment, either in the comments section of the blog post or by some other means, then they have the choice in how and what they write.  A comment on a blog is more often than not, a signal to the blogger that you have read their blog and appreciate the material (an appreciation more in terms of “thanks for the light reading” rather than “I love everything you write”.  However, comments can also be used to communicate a difference of opinion, or in some cases a more direct dialogue with the blogger.

In both cases, the blogger and the reader have choices.  The rules of engagement are complicated.

This blog post is a personal commentary or reflection on what I find to be a challenging part of the blogging community.  If a blog is public and I work on the assumption that the blogger has appraised their choices, then if I am reading something which I disagree with, then it is fair game to respond to it.  However, I then have the responsibility of responding respectfully.  There will always be those people who don’t abide by this ‘code’ i.e. bloggers who like to publish publicly and don’t like a difference of opinion, and readers who choose to comment and disrespect the blogger.

When all’s said and done, I think I am of the opinion that beer blogs and comments sections on these beer blogs, are an extension to what would normally be a chat taking place in a pub, with ‘like-minded’ people, over a couple of beers.  As we all live varying distances from one another, and all have full lives, we use blogs as a means of (and sometimes a poor substitution for) having a chat…a chat which is sometimes based on debatable subject matter, but should still be enjoyable nonetheless.

10 thoughts on “Blogging my Spleen

    • Yeah, seems to cover most bases for me. I got carried away, but basically just a very long response to a comment, which may turn into a debate, following the Session.

  1. Personally, I can’t stand anything stronger than a passionate debate; the minute it feels like anyone is raising their voice, metaphorically speaking, I’ll usually disengage, drift away and read something else.

    There’s certainly nothing wrong with differences of opinion if expressed the right way — can be great fun, in fact, as long as no-one takes it personally.

  2. Good points all. I think if something’s liable to be inflammatory (possibly too strong a word?) then I find it’s good to get a someone to run a critical eye over it, or at least sleep on the idea and do it yourself! It certainly shouldn’t stop you hitting the publish button though. Like you (and Steve both) say, get the conversation going.

    What’s really frustrating is comments written by those who haven’t granted you the courtesy of reading first. That’s not conversation at all.

  3. I can’t understand why anybody can be arsed getting abusive via Twitter or comments on a blog… like nihilism, it must be exhausting

  4. People who express their difference of opinion with unneccessarily aggressive comments probably have other issues going on in their lives that drive their style of reply (rather than actually being that irate about your post). Still a bit annoying though – so it helps to remember that they’ll almost certainly die alone & unloved and will probably have had most of their face eaten by their cat before they finally get found when the postman notices the smell.

  5. Well said. Discussion, debate, argument are all great when it remains good-natured. In times past I used to frequently have (metaphorically) violent disagreements with a good friend on the train home from the pub, and more often than not they turned out to be violent agreements, just from different angles. However, we both knew we could push each other quite a long way without it fundamentally affecting the relationship, and we almost always parted company with a smile by the end. I think it is all too easy for things to get out of hand when the exchanges are online, as you can easily misinterpret the tone and you don’t have the visual clues either that tell you you’re just being wound up. Add to that people that you don’t actually know so well and it is no surprise that things can blow up out of all proportion!

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