The Sense of the Blog, or, Feedback

So, my friends,

How is my blog faring so far?

A little background first. A friend of mine has been practicing civil disobedience on her cause of causes. Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised various LGBTQ groups that she would push forward the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, passage of which would actually do more to further gay rights than a sudden federal legalization of gay marriage. Pelosi has been stalling, however. So my friend, along with her fellows in the energetic new rights activist group getEqual,* occupied her DC office, and were (as they expected) arrested for it.

I look at my friends who do such impressive things and stand up for their beliefs, and then I look at myself. Here’s my friend, getting charged in federal court for her principles. And then there’s me, blogging.

I can justify this to myself only if I’m the best possible blogger I can be. And for that I’d like to see what my readers think. Yes, all five of you. So here are a few queries:

1. What would you change about the blog, if anything?

2. Are the posts too long? Too short? Too hard to read? Too muddled? Just right?

3. What has caught your attention in the blog? Or, to put it another way, what do you like most about it so far?

4. Do you have any other suggestions, up to and including “Give up and become a fry cook in Pasco”?

I’ll accept feedback by word of mouth, email, or carrier pigeon, but posting it right here in the comments would be best to avoid doubling up.

Thanks!

*: The getEqual site is worth a visit just for Will Phillips. And if you feel moved, as I did, to sign their rather easily-agreed-with pledge, then so much the better.

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2 thoughts on “The Sense of the Blog, or, Feedback

  1. Your blog is well-written and fascinating so far. I will, however, answer your numbered questions:

    1) What would you change about the blog, if anything?

    I can’t think of anything that I would change about it. You have some fascinating contributions and you create rather vivid images.

    2. Are the posts too long? Too short? Too hard to read? Too muddled? Just right?

    I an generally of the opinion that your posts are as long as they need to be. Having read quite a bit of your writing, you aren’t a rambler. So if you take 2 paragraphs or 10 pages to tell a story, I have not encountered times where I have said to myself, “you need a major edit”.

    3. What has caught your attention in the blog? Or, to put it another way, what do you like most about it so far?

    Being of the homosexual variety, your writing on gay rights certainly gets my attention. Interestingly, as a self-described athiest, I have also enjoyed your writing on religious issues. They have bridged for me at least, the idea that there are tolerant Christians who live by the intent, not necessarily every written law of their creed.

    4. Do you have any other suggestions, up to and including “Give up and become a fry cook in Pasco”?

    I suggest you keep plugging away at it. Write when you are inspired to and continue to make people think about the world.

    And skip the fry cook thing.

  2. I’m one of your loyal readers, though I don’t usually comment so I guess that makes me a lurker.
    I haven’t read every single one of your posts, but I have read quite a few. I really appreciate your blog. I appreciate the time and thought you put into your posts, your honesty, your struggles. Every time I see a new post pop up on my Google Reader page, I know I’m in for something good. I intentionally wait till I know I have the time and focus to read what you’ve written because I don’t want to rush through.
    Some of your posts are long, but that hasn’t bothered me. (I’m bothered when a long post is pointless or boring, but yours aren’t!)
    I’ve appreciated your point of view on different subjects and I really feel that some of your posts have deepened my thoughts/feelings on those subjects. Several of your posts have become discussion topics for my husband and I.

    Everyone has different gifts. Not everyone can protest or do sit-ins or travel to foreign countries to be peaceful witnesses, etc, etc.
    I think one of your gifts is writing (though I don’t really know you; perhaps you are way more gifted in other areas!)
    I guess I’m saying to pay attention to your giftedness (and calling) and be true to that. And I hope that means continuing to blog here because I’m eager to read more of what you have to say.

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