Do you ever get political on your blog? Why or why not? Do you like reading political commentary from your general not-normally-political blogger?
I ask because I recently wrote a "political" post, but it is not truly political. It is more a future-parent's perspective on the morality one hopes their child will have. http://timalohoney.blogspot.com/2012/11/non-partisan-political-thou...
Is that too close to being political for a non-political blog?
I avoid putting political things on my blog because I worry about it alienating people. Lots of people choose what newspaper to read based on whether it agrees with their politics. It doesn't seem a massive stretch to assume they'd do the same with blogs.
Also I worry that political posts would attract trolls and long, in depth debates in the comments, which are only interesting to people who like to read political blogs. Again, putting off the people I'm hoping to attract to read the kind of stuff I normally write about.
That being said I think your post works for your blog. It looks like thoughts on something a bit different rather than a political science essay.
Thanks for your thoughts and feedback! Ultimately, I agree with you. I think it is a universal thought, but that was an assumption and I wanted verification. :)
I'm not worried about alienating anyone. As for trolls--I'm-not-a-scared-a-you!
Frankly, ignoring them completely feels inauthentic because there are certain political situations that touch each of us personally. That doesn't mean you shouldn't do your research or vet your language, though.
If you don't do your research, you asking to be attacked. So true that!
I also avoid having anything political or religious in my blog because I send mine out to publishing companies for internship applications. I strictly confine myself to lifestyle (fashion, food, design, and cultural arts reviews).
Since you are not theorizing and giving your personal opinion on more life-related than political issues, I think you're completely fine. It's just something to remember if you ever plan on using your blog as a sample for job applications/writing contests.
But, personally, I love that you establish the moral relativism of law. Sometimes the right thing to do is the hardest thing to do, even if it means being persecuted and questioned by the status quo.
Thanks for the feedback and thoughts! Your blogs is rockin', by the way. I'll be poking around!
I dislike speaking about politics in general, so I try to avoid it on my blog. It's difficult enough to deal with that when it comes to people I normally like and respect- the last thing I need is people who can hide behind the internet yelling at me too. I did write about my experience voting, but it was more about how the experience affected me rather than choosing sides, etc.
I'm a the wife of a US Army vet, though, so I've touched on issues regarding the military many times (especially when my husband was active duty). Sometimes people expect more political views from those of us within the military community, so that might factor in it also.
Interesting! I think it is very apt for you to comment on military-related issues, given your situation. But I really don't expect those with who have served as being any more politics-on-their-sleeve than anyone else. Interesting thought...
I say that because, especially when my husband was deployed, I have had many many people start talking politics when it came up that I was a military wife. My husband hated going places in uniform for that reason also. The less people know about the military lifestyle, sadly the more assumptions they make. And many of those assumptions involve politics...and the belief that we care about the political beliefs of others and want to discuss them. The fact that war & military spending is so often used as a "platform" during elections also affect it, people believe that if politicians are mentioning the military often then clearly those in the military must want to talk about politicians.
I'm not saying it makes sense. This has just, very unfortunately, been my experience.
Only time I have a problem with political or religious blog posts are when they're borderline racist. There is a way to write about one's religious beliefs and political ideals without being ignorant and offensive.