If someone actually wrote down the rules of blogging, I’m sure “Think before you type” would probably be rule #2, right behind “be funny” or “be controversial”. Though I've only been at this since July, you would think that I would have learned the basics of blogging by now and that these rules would act as a quality filter of sorts between the thoughts that enter my brain and what finds its way out onto the net. However you'd be wrong.
It turns out that sometimes rule #2 still eludes me, though I have no doubt that many of you would say I still haven’t learned rule #1 either.
Justin, a fellow blogger, Aggie, and acquaintance, linked to a Rush Limbaugh video clip last week that has stirred up quite an impassioned debate amongst his loyal readership (of which I include myself). In what I can only describe as a rushed (mistake #1) attempt at sarcasm (#2), I stepped in to act as a referee (#3) in a conservative vs. liberal debate about the election via the comment section of the post (#4).
With this many mistakes, I rightly received a bit of blowback (things get interesting near the bottom)...
To paraphrase the quote for which this site was named, "we are all blinded by our own inadequacies." Therefore the majority of what finds its way onto this site is nothing more than an attempt at better understanding various issues that are important to me. Part of that process will inevitably lead to a flawed understanding of the truth, which is why I originally wrote that opinions are very overrated (i.e. even mine). Rightly or wrongly, you can almost always expect that an opinion will be forcefully defended against an attack, and are at least somewhat suspect to scrutiny. I am as guilty of this as anybody, which is why occasionally I'll be forced to write about my own flaws here on this site.
To quote Red Auberbach, "The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology." Consider it a lesson learned.