It’s been quite a week here at 4Q10D. There’s been a lot of new faces poking around, reading the blog, commenting. Welcome!
Most of you newcomers are here because of the post entitled, “Why I Will Not Be Voting Republican For the Foreseeable Future.” I’m quite proud of that one, but honestly somewhat taken aback at how popular it has become. I guess I struck a nerve.
Many of you have written to say kind things about it, and I thank you for that. It’s nice to hear. I’ve enjoyed reading your comments, even if I have responded only to a few of them.
A few have written with criticisms, which is worthwhile to hear when they are constructive. I’ve tried to respond to a couple of those too.
I have turned off the Anonymous Posting feature for now. While there are a few real reasons to prefer anonymity, all too often online it is just a way to hide behind a veil and snipe from cover. I’ve already had to delete one troll (seriously, who uses “LOL!” as an insult? My daughter’s seventh-grade friends think that’s immature) and I’d rather not spend all my weekend waiting for more. I’ve got better things to do, as I will probably be posting later tonight. Own your criticism, make it specific, and let’s talk – I don’t claim infallibility, and I like talking to people.
Feel free to look around the place. It’s mostly about the world as I see it, which means that the political posts don’t really dominate – if you’re looking for nonstop political commentary, you’ll probably be disappointed. I get into it now and then – I spent most of the first half of 2011 railing against the idiocy and crimes perpetrated by the newly installed regime in Wisconsin, for example, and a fair bit of my sense that the modern Republican Party has gone seriously off the rails came from watching it subvert an entire state government from within. But mostly I write about whatever interests me.
So welcome to 4Q10D. I hope you enjoy your stay.