The Difference Between NiT & Personal Blogs As I See It
I guess I dug up some long-buried resentment with my post about striving for unity. Laying aside the humourous irony for a few minutes, I have to address something.
About a year ago I was one of many people who had complaints about the strong leftward tilt of Nashville Is Talking. [Since I'm the only one writing this blogpost, we're just gonna talk about my POV here, and not drag others into it. They're free to speak for themselves.] It seemed to me that most of the pull content was very left-of-center, and even the stuff showing up in the agreggator was more left than right. It got to the point where I was fervantly hoping for some type of change, and even asked some people if they'd like to start up a right-wing "answer" aggregator of sorts to counterbalance.
One thing made me change my mind, and that one thing was Bill Hobbs. When I took my Christmas break, I came back to a long brouhaha. What started out as a bit of constructive criticism toward the way Brittney did her job turned into what looked [to me] like a witch hunt. Bill opened the floodgates and all of the critics piled on. Don't get me wrong. The critics had some good points. But the manner in which it all happened--and right during the Holidays as well--really put me off. As much as I wanted to see changes in Nashville Is Talking, I did not want to see Brittney lose her job. I had inadvertently* gotten a man fired once a few years ago. I still feel like I have blood on my hands from that and I don't ever want to cost another person his or her livelihood.
Anyway, back to NiT. This year has been an evolution of sorts. NiT has toned down a bit of the leftist tilt. By April 1st we also had VV. (Not that Kleinheider and I agree on the war...) But most importantly, NiT has become the catalyst through which we've all come to be friends of sorts. I just had Nine People come to my house for food and fellowship that I met through NiT. Nashville Is Talking has become the defacto clubhouse for Nashville Bloggers. New bloggers I really like show up there all the time. Remember that party I had last week? We had a great new woman come to meet us and hang out, solely because she'd heard of us through Nashville is Talking.
Yes, they've paid me some scratch this year to guest blog.** Yes, there are still the occasional editorial cartoons that make me roll my eyes, and the occasional opinion piece that I gloss over. But no, Smantix (and others), I'm not kissing up for the work. What I'm doing is choosing to set aside my political differences because I value friends more than I value my own opinion. Personal blogs are good for personal opinions. Group blogs are best when you focus on the group.
*The story about me getting someone fired is long enough for a post in its own right.
**And hey, when I'm guest-blogging, it's not as leftward, either.