Recently a commenter on this blog made the criticism that, too often for that person's liking, I was "Picking at a scab." The person went on to suggest that each time I raised questions about a certain issue (in this case very indirectly) that the person boycotted my blog for months. So be it! At least that person was honest and should be applauded for that.
I've had a few other people doing the same thing to me although they lacked the courage to say what was upsetting them or why. Others have completely disappeared off my radar without a word of explanation despite the fact that I had fully supported their blogs for quite a long time.
It's a difficult issue for all blog authors: whether to avoid contentious issues, adopt trendy attitudes and go all out for popularity; or to stick out your chin and, inconveniently for some, tell the truth (at least as you see it).
The problem for me is that I question everything: family issues, social issues, political issues, moral issues, religious issues, educational issues, media issues, academic issues, economic issues, national issues, international issues, you name it! Surely that is my right.
The other problem is that I do not belong to any particular group and I have no agenda other than, in my small way, trying to make the world a better place (God knows, it needs it)! That means I have no natural base, no ready made groups of supporters. Most of the time I stand alone except for some wonderful free thinkers (spread among my Links) who also question everything and who visit my blog frequently as I do theirs.
Do I have all the answers? No, I do not have all the answers or even any answers. But know this: I will continue to raise what I think are important questions and I will not bow to pressure from anyone be it direct or indirect.
That said, perhaps 'Popularity' and 'Truth' are mutually exclusive!
What do you think?