It seems that every couple of months I have to step in and do this. It really vexes me to see that so many people believe that they should be able to dictate what a blogger does or does not write about. It's also kind of funny, in the sense that on one hand you have people reminding us every day that we (bloggers) are not real journalism, yet some of those same people will take us to task for not covering certain stories, as if we had a responsibility to bring all the news that's fit to type.
I both hate and resent getting email from people chastising me for "ignoring" issues or big stories. I also hate getting emails from people talking down to me, telling me that I should know better than to carry on with one story or another.
While you (and don't think I'm just talking about you
, because you're not the only one with brass balls, apparently) may think you're being almost paternal in your chiding lecture about what's really important in the world, what you're really being is condescending. And that pisses me off. Seriously.
If I want to talk about Dan Rather until I'm drunk on forged memos and the hangover causes me to vomit up Kinko's copy paper, then that's pretty much my choice. Whether or not you think it cheapens me or is beneath me does not concern me in the least.
Yes, we all know how things are in Iraq at the moment. We're aware of deadly hurricanes in the south and Iran getting antsy and health care and education woes. Just because we don't write about those issues does not mean we don't consider them important. If I had to write about every issue that was important to me, I'd have to quit my day job, hire a nanny for the kids and find a concubine to keep my husband happy, because I'd have little time for anything else.
That you choose to believe the absence of those stories on this site means I don't care about them is foolish. For you to think that I owe it to you to write about the things you think are important is egotistical.
I know I'm not the only one getting emails and comments saying these things. And, again, this post is not directed at only one person. There's about fifteen people - just from 24 hours worth of emails - that this is directed towards.
This is a personal website. Please keep that in mind before you fire off your concerned letters to the editor - said editor being myself. If you are so dying to hear my opinion on the latest issues not Dan Rather related then feel free to send me an email inquiring such. Just leave out the lecture and the righteous indignation or you'll find your email address on my spam list, along with King Russell the Nigerian and the guy who makes flashlights that double as sexual aids. Seriously, is that the company you want to keep?
See, also: Bill.