So I just discovered that I had managed to make myself a center of two controversies over this past weekend (and not just one, like I thought until half an hour ago). One was provoked by the most recent post on circumcision and the other one by my post on the MLK memorial. What normally happens is that I don’t spend a lot of time on other people’s blogs unless these are the blogs I truly love. I never leave more than one comment per topic on blogs of which I’m not a passionate fan and never go back to see how the discussion evolved. I spend too much time on my own blog as it is, so I really have no time to spend elsewhere.
And then it turned out that two kind, nice bloggers went to those discussions I unwittingly provoked by my posts, tried participating and got aggressively dumped on by weird folks. In the meanwhile, I’ve been sitting here unaware of all that, wondering why I was suddenly being assaulted by spammers who tried leaving strange acronyms and links to Twitter feeds on my blog. Trust an autistic always to be out of it.
I’m now more popular as a blogger than I was before, so I see my modest popularity as a sort of Internet capital. If I am to come to a person’s blog often and promote it by leaving links to it on mine, I’m only ready to do that if it’s a blog I really like. I’m not going to expend my capital on people and blogs I dislike. When people I don’t know come here and leave a link saying, “Come and see what we’ve been saying about you”, I always just delete the comment without following the link or giving it a second thought.
I love an intelligent, passionate discussion as much as the next person. But as a greedy Jew that I am, I won’t waste my capital and promote blogs I don’t approve of by visiting them or posting comments.