It occurs to me today that I probably need to make a blog post out of this, mostly because it’s been getting back to me through friends of friends that several people in the tech blogosphere are butthurt because I’ve disagreed with them in my blog posts in the past.
It’s odd because many of these people that now think I hate them because we’ve disagreed in the blogosphere are people I’ve broken bread with or are people that I commonly chat with via IM or over the phone.
So let me clear the air right here – unless I’ve told you that I don’t like you or that I don’t want to talk with you at all ever again, I probably don’t hate you. If you’re not sure whether or not I hate you, it’s a pretty safe bet that I don’t, but you can feel free to call me (my number is on most of my social network profiles, but here it is again if you can’t find it – 903-253-0143).
If it were one or two folks, I’d call them up individually to see what the deal is, but it’s more than a few.
I’m going to take a step back and look over my editorial style and see what it is that’s been giving folks this impression. I generally try to keep a tone that’s very specific (“I disagree with this point or position”) and only occasionally “I think this person is a complete retard who should never open their mouth ever,” when I truly think someone’s gone full retard.
Even then I try to couch my criticism in self-deprecating or good natured humor, just to show I’m a bit of a sport, and generally it’s of people I’m not personally connected to.
I don’t know – I’m rambling a bit here. Usually, if I disagree with you consistently, it means I read your stuff a lot. I’m not like Steven Hodson, I don’t continue to read sources that are diametrically opposed with my worldview. Some people may argue that’s a bad thing, and maybe it is, but it’s how I am.
Chances are if I disagree with you more than a few times in a blog post, it’s because I like most of what you say, and want to quibble or converse with you via the blogosphere on a point I think you may have missed the boat on.
If I’ve offended you, I apologize. I’m not out to make enemies, I’m just to make a point once in a while. Please don’t take my words personally, and while I pause to consider my words’ full effect, feel free to contact me privately and let me know how I said things that caused this misunderstanding.