I didn’t make an announcement about it at the time. It was more of personal decision. After the Kathy Sierra saga. I didn’t particularly care for Kos’ response, but beyond that I didn’t particularly care for the general nastiness and callousness that seemed to have crept into progressive bogging. (Or perhaps it was already there and I finally had enough of it.)
I was reminded of all that when I read this post about a writers’ strike at Dail Kos.
I’ve been posting at DailyKos for nearly 4 years now and started writing diaries in support of Hillary Clinton back in June of last year. Over the past few months I’ve noticed that things have become progressively more abusive toward my candidate and her supporters. I’ve put up with the abuse and anger because I’ve always believed in what our on-line community has tried to accomplish in this world. No more. DailyKos is not the site it once was thanks to the abusive nature of certain members of our community.
I’ve decided to go on “strike” and will refrain from posting here as long as the administrators allow the more disruptive members of our community to trash Hillary Clinton and distort her record without any fear of consequence or retribution. I will not be posting at DailyKos effective immediately. I will not help drive up traffic or page-hits as long as my candidate – a good and fine DEMOCRAT – is attacked in such a horrid and sexist manner not only by other diarists, but by several of those posting to the front page.
Instead, I will put my energy into posting at sites where my efforts aren’t routinely trashed, spammed and ridiculed by a handful of angry, petty and spiteful folks who clearly have too much time on their hands.
More candidate-driven than my decision, but it sounds familiar. At least, familiar enough to suggest that the nastiness and callousness I mentioned earlier isn’t a figment of my imagintion. For me it was a realization I wrote about in, and that got lost in, the blogroll amnesty post.
I’m not one of those people, and I’ll never be one of those people, because I’m not willing to change what I’d need to change to be one of those people. I don’t hang with them, I don’t roll with them, and I’ve pretty much stop listening or participating in their conversations. Kos and Atrios don’t know me from Adam. And that’s fine.
So, I quietly went away, stopped trying to scale that steep slope, and decided to spend my time and energy in other places in the blogosphere. (And I went quietly because I didn’t think anyone would care, and because I didn’t feel like dealing with the kind of nastines the post above got, when it was crossposted on DKos.)
I wonder how many others have had the same reaction and chosen the same response.