"Makes me wanna holler, now I know what Marvin meant" - Donnie, Beautiful Me (The Colored Section)
This is hard for me. I've had 3 conversations about it. I've debated with myself for very nearly a week about it. It's hard because I like this person. Over the past 6 months I've enjoyed her writing. I continue to enjoy her writing at raising hell and blogcritics. I still enjoy a few nuggets of her writing on her own personal space but I've decided to remove Michele's A Small Victory from my list of most favored blogs. If I didn't like her so much, I wouldn't even take the time to explain why. But I do like Michele. She's a nice person, smart and witty and interesting. The problem is that lately when I go to A Small Victory, I leave frustrated and angry. To be very honest, much of what I've been reading makes my skin crawl. So, at this point, I've decided not to visit until the tone changes.
This isn't about politics. While it's true I don't have any right-leaning people in my bloglist, what is more true is that I have very few politically focused blogs at all. Oliver may be the only one and, if you want more truth, I debate whether or not he should stay. I read blogs that focus on things I normally wouldn't see. Culture, social constructs, language, words, music, art, life. The things that matter to me. If there is a slant on news, I prefer news that would likely fly below the radar. I like alternative perspectives.
I don't read pundits. I don't read people who aren't challenging themselves or the world to be better than it is. I don't read people that deal in absolutes. I don't read places filled with "yes man" comments, glad-handing and back-patting.
And today, I've decided not to read A Small Victory. I'm sad about that.