Thursday, March 29, 2007

New Political Blog

...by your favorite blog author.

I've finally started my own political blog. After 3 or 4 years of contenting myself to lurk and comment on other's websites, I've given in to the urge to bloviate and vent my opinion for all to see.

I've been blogging before this, of course, on http://amssolarempire.blogspot.com, but I've tried to keep that blog low key on the political scale of things. And subjects that do get political, such as energy production, I've tried to back up as much as possible with numbers.

I've done this for a few reasons. One of them is that I was still in college and didn't want to attract attention for political viewpoints.

The other was that I had enough on my plate with engineering school, that I couldn't give my desire to opine on current events full reign. Time constraints prevented it, though the desire manifested as profuse commenting on other's blogs.

A third is that I wanted my other blog to be palatable to people regardless of their politics. There are many people who I respect in terms of their opinion about space travel or science, whose political opinions I find batty. There are people who I agree with on many political issues, who start slinging opinions about science or history, or specific issues that I just stop and find myself on the opposite end of.

So I'll keep up the policy of keeping the two blogs seperate. Those of you who want to enjoy my thoughts on space travel and colonization can still use my old blog, while avoiding wading through my rants. Those who don't mind the fact that I'm a rabid right-winger can peruse both as it suits them.

And I'll welcome any intelligent debate. (Debate by making arguments and submitting information, not by slinging ad-hominems) I know, I know, everyone says this. But I'll try my best to live up to the claim.

The new blog can be found at: http://soapboxzone.blogspot.com/

1 Comments:

Anonymous Gordon said...

Hi, sounds interesting. Differing issues in one's blog was a quandary for me, too, and kept me from really getting started on blogging for a couple of years.

Five years ago, folks would criticize blogging, remarking, "Who's going to want to read about what you ate for breakfast?" At first people generally just had one blog, which covered their work interests, personal life, politics, etc.

Nowadays, a lot of folks have several, and that's what I finally concluded was the only thing that made sense. It's a lot to presume someone would be interested in reading anything one writes, and to just throw everything into one blog is too much. It also violates the #1 rule of writing, to write with/to your audience in mind.

I still have quite a few more blogs/sites that I'm contemplating starting. Some I'm still not quite sure how I want to limit/target them. It seems that on the internet the key is to have a fairly tightly-targeted site.

I will say that my Google rankings have always been fairly good, since I've got several independent sites linking to each other. I've also read that Google actually has some kind of algorithm that penalizes sites that are too broad.

Happy blogging!

Monday, April 02, 2007 9:07:00 PM  

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