Blogging Rule #2: If You Write Something Controversial, You’d Damn Well Better Be Prepared To Back It Up
This follows rule #1: If your heart isn’t beating with nervousness when you hit the submit button, your writing probably isn’t worth reading.
A few days ago, an unknown blogger wrote a blog post on an unknown blog dissing marathoners. The tone of the post was condescending and insulting. It had a distinct “holier-than-thou” feel. The author diminished the accomplishments of people that undertake the awesome task of attempting to run a marathon. The author claimed to be pre-med (or as my friend Dave Repp pointed out- what the rest of us call a “biology major”), then cited a sketchy medical study supporting the idea that marathons are bad for your heart. This is laughable given the contradictory research AND the fact that we’re in the midst of the worst obesity epidemic humanity has ever seen. I could hear all the lazy “I’m not going to exercise because I don’t want my body to fall apart” rejoicing as they stuffed another Ho-Ho in their mouth while watching Snooky down another Jägerbomb. “Almost a doctor” indeed. Logical fallacies, conjecture, and hyperbole abound!
In short, it was very similar to 90% of my posts.
While I was offended by the posts and felt an urge to punch this bitch, I did have a distinct twinge of respect. This unknown blogger managed to ruffle the feathers of a vehemently-outspoken group that has a significant internet presence. The resulting traffic avalanche is a blogger career-launching event. The post was PURE GENIUS.
Until I found out she’s moderating comments.
Worse, she’s apparently moderating all the comments that disagree with her points. A quick perusing of the comments conformed my suspicions.
Here’s my simple message to “Grace”: If you have the balls to post something like this, you’d damn well better have the balls to allow people to comment.
That’s what separates good bloggers that stimulate discussion and the progression of ideas from no-talent dipshit hacks that anonymously post inflammatory shit then hide behind a wall of moderation because they’re too cowardly to face the consequences of their actions.
Hopefully this will serve as a cautionary tale to my fellow bloggers- don’t post shit you’re not willing to defend.
Grace, you seem like a talented writer with a flair for blogging. Don’t be a tool. Open up your comments to anyone and everyone. Moderation is for cowards. If you really believe what you write, have the heart to defend yourself.
[Edit- my comment on her post with a link to this post was submitted... any bets how quickly it will be rejected?]
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