( – promoted by buhdydharma )
In the past 24 hours there have been four recommended essays on this blog devoted to the governance and/or publication policies of another, larger group blog dedicated to electing more and better Democrats. I wrote a fifth essay last night about the topic and then deleted it. I deleted it because it wasn’t quite right. I wasn’t sure why, and I couldn’t fix it, so I deleted it.
What I wanted to say then, and am saying now, is this:
My Brother and Sister Bloguer@s:
Like many of you, I have written for Naranja for many years. And I still post there. Like many of you, I have lived through all of the pie fights, the flame wars, and the bannings, always hoping that blog would continue to morph and change and grow ultimately into a progressive group blog.
Needless to say, it hasn’t. And I doubt it ever will. I think it has slowly but surely become part of the main stream and that the level of control there has become unacceptable at the same time that nastiness of commenters has run amok. I am not going to take the time to chronicle the many events that led to its present senescence. I will still post there occasionally because, as Robyn pointed out yesterday, that’s where the people are who need to be taught. And I have some things I would like to tell them. But I don’t see that blog being or becoming a progressive blog. Ever. No matter what. That has never been its collective intent.
Which brings me here, to docuDharma. This lovely blog, which I have considered a home for a full f*cking two years now, is so much freer, so much more wide ranging, so much more progressive, so much more interesting, that I don’t want to spend time looking ruefully at disappointing Naranja in my rear view mirror. I want to look out the front windshield at blogging the future, and I want to point out to you, brothers and sisters, what lies ahead for us in the future of progressive blogging.
I have no proprietary or financial interest in this blog. I know that those who own it and run it and make it continue to operate have allowed all kinds of ideas freely to be expressed here. Including topics that can get you banned elsewhere. So it seems to me that if we really want a progressive, leftwing (am I being redundant?) group blog, and I think we all do, what we need now is to build docuDharma and help it grow. Then we will have what we want.
How do we do that? We can build it in two simple ways: first, we put up lots of writing that is as excellent as it can be, and second, we let others know how excellent this blog is. In other words, building docuDharma, if you’re like me and have no responsibilities at all for the behind the scenes part of the blog or its governance or its technology or its finances, is easy. All you have to do is write well and let others know that there’s good, progressive reading here. If you build it here at docuDharma, they will come.
I think Naranja has jumped the shark. I’m disappointed but not surprised by that. But the best answer to its obsolescence, to its impending irrelevance, is right here. It’s to build a larger, more excellent docuDharma with your creativity and love.
Hasta la victoria siempre, davidseth