|The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Did you watch the presidential debate? Do plan on watching the upcoming debates? If you are keeping up with the political campaigns then I'm sure you have a few opinions about the issues. I'm not a foaming at the mouth politico, but I do tend to keep up with the activities in the political arena as well as world affairs and social issues. I have a lot of opinions about many issues, but I have had a tendency to keep mum on most of these on my blog site.
I won't say that any change is coming that will include disclosing many of my opinions and actively promoting any agendas, but as I have been hinting in my previous posts a change of sorts is coming. Actually it might be more of a reversion to some of my earlier blogging tactics. I'll explain shortly, but let me first tell you about my decision to tweak the blog.
Where'd This Come From?
During the Hijack This Blog! project there were two standout posts for me--that is, posts that were particularly dear to my heart so to speak. One of the posts that generated some of the most active commenting activity was that of Andrew Leon--Is It Better To Be "Nice" or Honest?. Not only did Andrew's post generate a healthy dose of comments, but they were comments of substance. It was a true discussion, which is something I like to strive for on Tossing It Out. I want to see more of this type of activity.
The second guest post that I thought had exciting prospects was from Stephen T. McCarthy--Become An "Educated" American Patriot. On his blog, Stephen is capable of successfully pulling off extreme controversy to an extent that I never could because I just don't consider myself that educated when it comes to politics and American ideology. And also I'm hesitant to alienate too many readers with radical (by some standards) thought. I did, however, appreciate the challenge that Stephen brought to the table with his post and the response it generated in the comment section.
Inspired by those two posts I have decided to return to a certain element of introducing controversial topics in my blog posts. I'd like to see more relevance and some deeper thinking inspired by my blog posts. Now don't get me wrong, I'm no brilliant intellectual guy who is steeped in the issues of the day. There are just some things I wonder about sometimes and I like to hear what others think about those thoughts. I have come to a conclusion that there are many things I don't understand and I'd like to clarify them in my mind. Maybe some of you are the same way. It doesn't hurt to gauge our own opinions against those of others to come to a greater understanding of the ways of the world or the world beyond this one for that matter.
In the earlier days of Tossing It Out I had a forum day called "Thursday Debate" where I would present a controversial topic and either pick a side or just present different sides. I would then ask what the readers thought. This was frequently not my most popular day for comments, but it was often the most fun and most interesting. I've not totally strayed from controversial topics, but I feel like I've generally lightened up on the issues. Could it be time for me to return to this concept?
I think so. I will not be striving for complete change. Content will continue to be eclectic and often random. There will still be the occasional guest post and the on-going nuttiness that I dredge from my old brain. But I will also be sometimes tossing out an idea, an opinion, or a pondering and hoping that you will have something to toss back to me. After all that is what this blog was originally intended to be.
If you're interested you might want to go back to my early post "Mission Statement" to get a better idea of where I like to be coming from (and some of you might say I've never strayed from that). But if you don't have time to go back let me quote the Mission Statement that I made at that time:
The "Tossing It Out" blog is here to entertain, stimulate, and inform whenever possible. The author will make every attempt to be accurate and fair at all times and will be open to the input of any readership the blog may develop. There is no set course, no absolute purpose, and the content, though at times random, will strive for cohesion and clarity.
Let me emphasize "stimulate" in the context of this current post. I want to think and I hope I can find others who want to do the same. And lest there be any fears of over-politicizing or focusing on American politics be assured that though I may bring up issues that are related to the politics, I don't plan to get into the current campaign to try to sway votes or focus on the current election.
I don't want to toss out the spirit of this blog, I just want to toss in a few ingredients that will make for a more savory stew.
Will controversial issues scare you away from this blog? Do you ever feel the need for more mental stimulation? What are some topics that you think might be interesting to discuss?