What would make this blog better (besides Bookworm’s return)?

Bookworm will be back and blogging tomorrow or Wednesday.  Yea!!!  They didn’t have a judge for me today, but they swear they’ll have one for me tomorrow and so I’ll be in trial.  So, I thought I’d ask for some advice to welcome Bookworm back.  Personally, I think she runs a terrific blog, and  those of you who visit regularly must find something of value here.  But what can she do to make this blog a better place to visit? 

Personally, as you can guess by the nature of my posts, I’d love to find a way to get more political discussion going.  But, discussion is best when it is an exchange of conflicting ideas.  When we were regularly getting streams of 100+ comments it was because we had at least five active commenters who were well left of center.  Made for exciting comment streams.  But most of those have drifted off over time.  What can we do to attract more folks who disagree with Bookworm and me — folks like Helen, who can disagree with us constructively and, I hope, whom we can disagree with constructively as well? 

What else can Bookworm do to make this a better place?  Her posts are much more diverse than mine and this is her home (I’m just keeping the place going while she’s vacationing).   But what do you particularly like and dislike about the variety of posts she does?  What would you like to see more of?  Less of? 

I probably won’t have time to blog much for a while, but I’ve enjoyed our little discussions.  Thanks to all the commenters who have made things so interesting while Bookie has been gone.  I look forward to doing this again next time she’s on vacation.

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  • http://helenl.wordpress.com/ Helen Losse

    Concerning: “But most of those have drifted off over time. What can we do to attract more folks who disagree with Bookworm and me — folks like Helen, who can disagree with us constructively and, I hope, whom we can disagree with constructively as well?”

    1. Do not take our absences personally. If someone (from the right) drops the ball, no one thinks anything. A left-leaner’s failure to respond doesn’t necessarily mean anything either. We have jobs, families, interruptions, our own blogs, company, and illness to deal with just like anyone else. We aren’t cowards because we don’t address your every question.

    2. Accept the fact that those on the left are not necessarily better writers than those on the right. Just because someone makes a mistake expressing his/ her idea doesn’t mean he/she doesn’t know what he/she is talking about. This is a blog comment, not a PhD dissertation nor a legal document.

    3. Never call people names. Never use derogatory nouns or adjectives with respect to people and seldom with their ideas.

    4. Accept the fact that I’ve already said it. Was it really necessary for me to state – one more time – that I’m opposed to the death penalty? Have readers not figured out that – unlike Bookworm – I like Jimmy Carter?

    5. And realize that some of this is just cheer-leader stuff. Sometime Bookworm just blows smoke so she won’t blow a gasket. So what?

    6. Allow people to change their minds without disgrace. Bookworm was liberal and became conservative. I was conservative and became liberal. People change. The purpose of discussion is to make clear that which one believes and one’s reasons for believing it. If someone else is changed in the process, then so be it. If no one is, well, life goes on.

    7. Limit yourself to asking a dissenter (LOL) three of fewer questions at a time.

    8. Visit the blogs of others. The world doesn’t revolve around Bookworm’s blog. “It takes a village.” :-) Really.

  • Brad

    “What else can Bookworm do to make this a better place?”

    More photos of hot young women!?!…..

    Opps….sorry….thought I was commenting at Ace of Spades HQ.

    Actually I like the format; most blogs don’t seek commentary on topics. Although I don’t comment often, the blog has the feel of casual living room discussion.

  • Ymarsakar

    Made for exciting comment streams.

    There was nothing in those comment streams that I hadn’t seen before. Certainly I recognize that many of it was new to you Don, but that may be partially because you haven’t witnessed the numerous other comment threads, saying the exact same thing, on such sites as Blackfive.

    What can we do to attract more folks who disagree with Bookworm and me

    I disagree with you on many things, Don.

    A left-leaner’s failure to respond doesn’t necessarily mean anything either.

    Don’s not refering to a failure to respond, but a failure on the part of Leftists to continue commenting here on any subject.

    But there’s no point, as I see it, in people like greg or his philosophical associates in getting a higher blood pressure here. It’s not conducive to the health of humanity, in a way.

    We aren’t cowards because we don’t address your every question.

    And that again, proves my point that it is pointless for Leftists or those on the Democrat side of the world view to resign themselves to doing much of anything here. Either a real objection will arise in which will disturb the delicate psyche of those with different philosophies, or people will come to believe that the commenters and authors mean in their words what the Leftist is thinking or suspecting. In the end, the issue of cowardice has not been brought up by Don or people like me here in relation to commenters not commenting. And that should speak for itself.

    Have readers not figured out that – unlike Bookworm – I like Jimmy Carter?

    I assure you, helen, few if anybody here wants to hear you repeat your feudal allegiance to Carter. We accomplish nothing by it and gain even less.

    6. Allow people to change their minds without disgrace. Bookworm was liberal and became conservative.

    You should be telling your friends on the Left and those that Neo neo con confronted, not us. Why is it always our responsibility to solve the problems that other people have created?

    1. Do not take our absences personally.

    I assure you, helen, in all things magical and physical, that Bookworm does not take the absence of greg personally.

    In the end, it is not my place to tell Bookworm what she should or should not do. The top priority of any individual should be to take care of their own personal behaviors first and foremost. Worrying about what other people are doing tends to create centralized corruption and inefficiency.

    Presumably if someone really wanted me to do something about them, they can try to kill me or announce that they have become my enemy. I suppose then I’d have to worry about their behavior and changing it. Until then, Bookworm can and should do as she deems fit.

    P.S. As an example, I believed that Book should have banned greg and his clones Pastor Ray and what not, early on. (When I mean clones, I mean it literally as well as figuratively, since one time Pastor Ray forgot to log out of the other’s accounts) Do I want to lobby, particularly, Book on this subject? Not really. If she is willing to deal with these people, then that’s her choice to make. Just as it should be allowed and promoted for Leftists to not to want to be here. Trying to draw them in with some kind of ad or change, to me, is simply pointless and oftentimes harmful. People will do what they want to do, and I simply do not care to expend the energy required to get them to change their views or actions. Which is, of course, why I tend to favor the most efficient and brutal solutions to problems concerning enemies of humanity.

  • http://helenl.wordpress.com/ Helen Losse

    Fewer “I Hate Obama” stories.