I've given this IndustrialBlog thing two full years ago and found that I've gotten sidetracked in political fights and stuff that's just not important to my life. Worse, it's distracted me from what's important and the blogosphere became a place for me to hide.
I've pissed off some people I care a lot about — people I never would've alienated if I hadn't had a politically based blog that they read. And some of them have gotten under my skin by saying hateful things back to me. Other bloggers handle a lot this stuff much better than I do, and realistically, I'm not really contributing to the political discussion, anyway.
I really wanted the blog to be about some personal writing, the kind of stuff I don't normally publish, and that's not where it went. I wanted to be more creative and more fun ... short plays/screenplays, scenes from life, maybe some memoir-ish pieces, and talk about spiritual journey and writing.
Instead it got repetitive about my political opinions, which is usually the least attractive side of anyone. Anyway I'm sick of political fights. There's more to me than politics.
I have a few loyal readers, but I don't know how many. There could be as few as 10 and as many as 30. I don't know. If you like to stop by and read my stuff, this might be a good time to give me some feedback at industrialblog at hotmail dot com. Or comment in the comments below. In any case, if you're a regular reader, I'd like to hear from you.
Do you like what I'm doing? What do you like about it? What do you hate about it? How do you feel after you read IndustrialBlog? Do you come here to get angry? Inspired? See how dumb I am? Do you ever get surprised by what I write?
If IndustrialBlog isn't generating some positive emotions — and let's face it, a lot times it doesn't — then it needs to change. I don't want this to become "pollyanna blog," but I don't want to be one more of those "hurray for our side" blogs or just another person contributing to the negativity / anger of the world. And too much that's what my blog has been.