This Blog Might Get Weird

I’m doing all sorts of content creation these days. I’m doing videos, comics, newsletters, reviews (I’m figuring that bit out still… but I wanna keep doing it), podcasts, other podcasts, and I’m still doing silly tweets and cat photos, etc, etc, etc. I want to be a full time content creator someday soon, and so I’m just doing STUFF. But the thing about content creation, especially if you hope to *make money* doing it, is that it’s often important to “niche down”. And that’s super annoy-balls. I’m not really built to “niche-down”. (As you can tell by the long list of stuff I’m doing recently.)

So I decided this blog will be my free-for-all, anything goes, digital void to scream into. The tagline has always been, “the thinks I think” here on my blog, and dog gonnit (dog gone it? hmm… I’m not sure now) that’s what I’m going to do. So things might get weird. I sometimes think things that aren’t fully refined. I sometimes think through difficult social issues. Often times during that thinking, I’ll change my opinion. My goal is to do some of that here.

I hope to be able to leave the comment section open. Those who know me understand that I’m generally OK with dissenting opinions, and I truly listen to other points of view, sometimes even changing my point of view. In fact, I try really REALLY hard to be open to my own wrongness. If I realize I am/was wrong, and accept that — it means I become a better person. And since I have a LOT of room to be better than I am now, the only way I can get from point A (fairly crappy) to point B (moderately less crappy), it will be by accepting and changing the crappy things about me. So at first, for most posts — comments will be open, and I’m in favor of conversation on my personal, half-formed thoughts.

BUT.

I am a founder and level 73 member of the Cult of Kindness (please don’t use our unfortunate acronym). Anything other than kind interactions which assume the best of other people will be shut down quickly. Yes, there’s a certain irony in assuming the best of others, and shutting things down when others seem to not play by the rules, but at the end of the day, this is my blog. If I shut down conversation, I’ll try to do so kindly, explaining myself, etc. But if you remember from above, I’m still fairly crappy, so I’m sure I’ll mess up my pie-in-the-sky notion of doing things right. I just know that online discussions via social media, comment sections, etc. tend to get super ugly super fast. And that is something up with which I will not put.

But some of my very, VERY best friends were forged in controversial forum posts. One sticks with me. I won’t mention her by name, but I’m sure she’ll know who she is if she reads this. I was a very conservative Christian person at the time, and the conversation was with several atheists/agnostics about abortion and Pro-choice/Pro-life stances. We both left the conversation with the same general viewpoints we started — but each did change our understanding and feelings toward the “other side.” That interaction changed me. It was my first step in a journey of becoming a more empathetic, understanding, and intelligent person. She is now one of my dearest friends, and she’s one of the most wonderful human beings I know.

That’s what conversation can do. So I want to have the comment section here open, because I’d really love for more people to have that sort of experience. But it’s often “team flaming blowtorch” conversing with “team gasoline soaked underbritches” — so if things go sideways, I’ll lock/delete/etc. And like I said, I’m still pretty crappy myself, so I’ll probably screw it up from time to time. Anyway. Welcome to The Brain of Shawn. The thinks I think. 🙂

4 thoughts on “This Blog Might Get Weird”

  1. “And then I’ll sit, and think some more…”

    Like you, I was a very conservative Christian–having been ‘forged’ in that camp, so to speak. One day, a good friend of mine (and who happens to be a Missionary for CRU) posted a small bit from one of Brian Zahnd’s books. That small bit started me thinking and made me realize that I may be just a bit too ‘stodgy’, so I decided to start reading the Bible, but not through the lens of the belief that had been forged in me, but rather through no lens at all. Just reading it and really hearing what Christ was saying. It was as though a veil had been lifted from my eyes; I saw things a bit differently.

    ‘Iron sharpens Iron’, as it says in the book of Proverbs. I never realized just how dull I was until that moment.

    Please keep the thinky thoughts coming–and I pray the discourse doesn’t get any uglier than Arch vs Ubuntu. 🙂

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  2. You have the most marvelous and kindest thinky-thoughts around. The fact that we’re still friends after I drove you through rush hour L.A. traffic is a testament to your loving heart.

    Acceptance and tolerance does not mean you have to accept and tolerate bad behavior from others. That does *not* make you a crappy person. Far from it.

    There’s no reason to think that your wishing to keep your online home neat and comfortable for you and your guests is anything but self-care and gracious hosting.

    Like Stacey said, think your thinky thoughts you majestical unicorn.

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