Sunday, August 31, 2008

Reasons why a blogger might suddenly not be blogging

It would be comfortable to think that the reason I've not had much of substance to say here over the last week or three is that life has been particularly busy, intense and fraught; several major tasks and crises have coincided, some of them not of a bloggable nature and/or in any case more likely to produce a thoughtful silence than anything else.

But I think the main reason is probably this thread and all that it implies. Regarding the original post, there are good arguments to make, and IRL in conversation with the author of the post one would probably at least try to make them. But any post about rape, abortion, breasts or any other area of contest and incomprehension between men and women is always going to bring misogynists, extremists and full-on florid nutters out of the woodwork and into the comments thread, and that is where you need to stop and ask yourself what on earth you think you're doing. Such is the charm of blogging that you sometimes forget how much precious time you're wasting in engagement with people you'd normally walk five miles through waist-deep mouldy custard to avoid.

Not always, though.

6 comments:

tigtog said...

Such is the charm of blogging that you sometimes forget how much precious time you're wasting in engagement with people you'd normally walk five miles through waist-deep mouldy custard to avoid.

Perfectly phrased. There's better things in life to be doing than allowing your psyche to be vampirised by contemptuous numpties. Time is better spent in more enjoyable forums.

Francis Xavier Holden said...

yeah

Liam said...

PC, that thread was a slow-motion car crash. I generally love to demean myself down and get dirty in thread-fights but that one was a bit much even for me. Come back to blogging soon.
PS. Comments #17 and #18 almost make its existence worth it. Almost.

Brian said...

That same thread has also taken up a lot of my headspace in the last week although I haven't yet made a comment.

innercitygarden said...

I find, in the face of such mouldy custard types, that it is quite helpful to blog about the progress of the broad beans. Brings out an altogether nicer grade of blogger.

Helen said...

I checked today and Obby's taken over the thread - the last three comments! Just wittering on to himself. I'd jump in to ask him what the hell he's talking about, but he seems so happy.

I'll leave them to it like when I have the teenagers over on sleepover.