Not too many conservatives read this blog. That doesn’t surprise me — I don’t read too many conservative blogs, either.
And that might be the problem.
An old friend commented to me the other day that a recent post wasn’t the best way to gain converts to my cause, given my sarcastic treatment of those on the right. I replied that I never expected it to, as I didn’t see them as my target audience anyway. (Seriously — if I were invited to do a guest blog on a conservative site, the tone and argument presented would be completely different. I do know how to convince people who are not on my side. I am a trial lawyer, after all.)
But he’s right about one thing: While these posts may give me a chance to vent (“Hi, I’m Mike Vent Fella”), they’re not designed to be appreciated by those who disagree with me.
And that’s true all over the internet. Liberals watch MSNBC which confirms the biases they already have, and conservatives watch Fox which confirms the prejudices and idiotic nonsense they believe. (See? I did it again. I can’t help it.)
Is there a solution? Probably not. I don’t mind reading conservative commentary when it is reasonable, but too often, these conservative blogs are insulting and demeaning and I give up before I get too far.
Which is probably what conservatives think when they read mine.