Because Catherine wants to know…
Because Catherine wants to know…
Brace yourselves. I want to ask readers of this blog a few questions.
I have always loved to write and pontificate on a number of subjects. This began at an early age when I wrote my fourth grade teacher to let her know about how “stupid” the boys were in our class.
The two things I enjoy writing about the most and am most passionate and interested in are politics and food. I know a bit more about one subject over the other, but I’ll let you guess which one is which. And both subjects have devotees of very strong opinions. We’ve all seen what happens when you throw a conservative and a liberal together on Twitter for an epic 8 hour battle of 140 character wits. Try that between a classically trained devotee of sous vide and a country cook with an electric fry pan. It’s ugly. That’s why I like to coat both subjects with a thick slathering of snark. If you get too serious about either, things can come to blows pretty quickly. I wish I could be more scholarly in my approach…but…nah….I’m just a smartass. And lazy.
But I haven’t been feeling the love or the snark when writing about politics, or specifically, the depressing and frightening state of our country, which actually has far transcended usual politics. Beginning a blog post just about anything in current affairs brings me to a stop, a sigh, and a sinking feeling in the bottom of my soul. Even whispering “Breitbart Lives!” brings little enthusiasm for snappy syntax. People…I need some encouragement….some direction….a slap and a shake.
My own reading of my favorite bloggers…Victor Davis Hanson, Mark Steyn, Glenn Reynolds has and still does rouse me to think deeply and completely. Their well-rounded and educated essays inspire and entertain. I’ll never be at that level, but I think there is room and necessity for writers that aren’t polished or degreed or 28 pages long. After reading a magnificent VDH piece, I’m either in tears or overcome with such heady thoughts and phrases, I need a nap.
At times I feel I am in a circle jerk and I am writing missives to the choir. (I bet you never thought you’d see “circle jerk” and “choir” in the same sentence, did you?) Does the blogging world….the blogging world of conservatives change anybody’s mind? Specifically a liberal mind? Cause I don’t need to change a conservative mind….I just need to keep my fellows entertained and informed. And that gets tedious, unless I feel I’m making a difference. Does your typical East Coast progressive read, a post here at Victory Girls…and think, “say, maybe this government…this President…isn’t the best thing for my country?!” Or do they, as usual, respond with “Bush! And you’re a racist”?
And more specific to me, as a writer here….what do you, as a reader, want to feel and think after you’ve read a blog post? Educated? Enlightened? Inspired? Entertained? My vanity requires that you at least like it and at the most, that you take away a sense of purpose and determination to go out and do battle with the forces of liberalism. Because, reader….I fervently and secretly wish to make that difference. I think all of us here wish to make that small, but significant difference.
So…those are my thoughts and questions. And I hope your answers can give me not only more specific direction for my writing but my own diminishing sense of meandering determination and purpose back to me.
Can you give me your own thoughts??