Over the coming weeks, I am removing posts that I think either infringes on someone’s privacy or comes across too political. Just going by my own frustration, I am getting really tired of reading politics on social networks. The last thing I want to do is read it on my own blog. There are enough sites out there that are dedicated toward politics and even some that are not but somehow spend a disproportionate amount of time talking politics.
I am cleaning up other posts that mention people in my family or others that I know that did not ask to be mentioned. I am also removing older things that were posted more than five years ago. I am not deleting them but just removing them from this blog. After all, this blog is sort of a history of what was going on in my life at a certain time. While I’ve had a web presence online since 1996, I created this blog in 2006. I have about 1,300 posts as of this day and I expect it will be reduced down to about 500.
I’ve found that often times, I get angry reading the stuff that is shoved in my face on social networks. Almost all of them have trending topics that you cannot remove or hide. I really don’t want to hear about how our culture is crumbling to pieces by those that are all too happy about it. These stories are designed to rile half of the audience, similar to those stories that you see on TV. Journalism seems to have morphed into a situation where keeping the audience stirred up is the primary objective. If your audience is not emotionally charged, then you are failing. I don’t believe that but apparently most journalists believe that.
Having your own blog gives you control over what you want to talk about and allows you to be in charge of the message. I have very strong beliefs that are non negotiable. I am not going to play the journalist game where I get some journalist that is completely opposed to my view point being in charge, while shoving these stories in my face. At that point, all the reader can do is respond to them and most likely all of those that agree with them will spend the day bashing on the reader. Google+ is a perfect place to argue, if that is what you are into. Simply post an opinion, any opinion, and you will find yourself in an argument within moments. If you avoid any opinions, political or social views on Google+, you can enjoy without too much heartache. Just keep in mind that people in the tech community are pretty much in lock step in their views and they are pretty much opposite of mine. If you follow those in the tech community expecting to read tech, you will be surprised. They are very political.
Anyway… Over time, I would like to clean up some posts and remove the irrelevant stuff. While my audience is about two or possibly three people, I am sure they don’t want to read political rants anymore than I do.