Wednesday, May 11, 2016
ARE YOU OFFENDED YET?
I had a different post lined up for today but decided to write this one instead.
Last night - between thunderstorms - I was preparing a new post for my other blog Cabinet of Curious Treasures After I finished, my initial thought was Some people are going to be offended by this. I was right on target. Two "followers" dropped me immediately.
There was a time when I used to get extremely upset if I offended my readers. Lately, however, "offended" readers tend to annoy the hell out of me. Is it really possible that some people are so super-sensitive and notoriously huffy that they can't tolerate anything that conflicts with their narrow-minded point of view?
I'm definitely the most sensitive person I know. My acute sensitivity borders on being psychotic. But I never get offended by what other people put in their blogs. It's their opinion and their privilege. We're all different and if everyone agreed on everything it would be one boring world.
A few weeks ago I got a sweet message from a new reader who just discovered my blog. She said that she loved it and couldn't wait to read more.
She read more and dropped me like a hot cake.
The main problem with my blog (as I see it) is that I send mixed messages. There's no consistency in what I write. Sometimes I'm coy and saccharine, other times I'm raunchy and crude. I think it generates interest - but I'm sure it also serves to confuse. I'm unable to attract a solidly specific readership.
When I write about "gay stuff" and my sordid Hollywood past, I lose my Baptist church lady readers. And I shock my relatives. When I omit the sex and smut, I lose my gay readers.
If I give my opinions on politics, I lose everybody. If I write about classical music I'll bore some readers. If I write about the weather I'll bore everyone. If I write about myself and my colorful past, I'll be viewed as arrogant, conceited, and self-absorbed.
In short, I can't win.
Am I complaining? Not really. I'm just trying to analyze the situation. Blogging ain't as easy as it looks. Either is keeping readers satisfied.
I purposefully started my other blog as a way of more fully expressing my raunchy side and exploring the realms of those forbidden Cities on the Plains (read between the lines). Instead, I found myself severely editing what I posted and presenting sanitized renditions.
Last night I strayed from the Disney version and lost two readers.
Well, tough crap.
In essence, I think just being myself is the most rational option. Trying to please the masses (like a politician) would be forfeiting who I really am and tainting my integrity (you didn't think I had integrity, did you?).
Actually, I've never been an In-Your-Face type person.
I don't fly rainbow flags
or post I Loathe Obama banners.
I don't want to save rain forests or spotted owls.
I don't proclaim that Jesus Loves You.
Let him decide for himself.
I don't have the urge to bomb abortion clinics.
I'll never tell you not to eat meat.....
or not to vote for that Witch Hillary
(I knew that would get you)
Actually, I'm often so nice and congenial that I sometimes like myself.
My beer rants are always popular. Perhaps I should drink more.