Sometimes I read personally bloggers lamenting the fact that they only write about the mundane events of their lives rather than getting involved into the big discussions of the day: politics, war, etc. They almost feel unworthy to be writing on the blogosphere next to their more serious brethren.
I don’t feel this way.
I’m not a big fan of political blogs, despite their popularity. The readers are usually people of the same political persuasion patting each other on the back until some outsider breaks in to write something controversial. Then, all hell breaks loose as insults fly.
I believe that personal bloggers are way more important than political bloggers. It is the personal that will eventually bring people together. Despite differences, most people everywhere want the same things: love, shelter, sex, and good food. I might want a corned beef sandwich and you might want a shish-kebab, but when it comes down to, it is the same basic want. I wish there was more cross-cultural blog reading going on. I love to read about a Muslim woman’s life in Mauritius (Fitena). I learn so much from her. And hopefully, she’s learning something about American Jews like me (I just hope she doesn’t think that all Jewish men have an unhealthy relationship with a talkative penis — that’s even worse that Jews having horns!)
Personal bloggers tend to be more open to civilized discussion.
For example, Tara Bradford is an American journalist living in Paris. She writes a blog titled Paris Parfait, which she describes as a muses about a “parfait sundae” of art, antiques, culture, poetry and politics. In the last few weeks, she’s been very upset about what is going on in Lebanon and has written some excellent posts about the conflict there. Although they are written very passionately, I’ve complained about the one-sidedness of her arguments because she seemed to blame the situation more on Israel than on Hezbollah and Iran. She could have just dismissed me, but instead, she invited me to write a post on her site, expressing my differing views. (link here)
Now, that is a definition of a mensch.
Personal bloggers rule!
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