Twice this week I’ve seen a situation where a popular blogger has been pestered by his readers to change the content of his blogs.
Last week, Chris Sells (of MSDN fame) posted an article entitled “Bush: Get Your Own Dream!” with his views on space exploration and foreign oil dependence. There were two particularly asinine comments made:
Unsubscribed. Just lost a ton of respect for Sells. “nuff said”
… I just ask that you please post all longhorn stuff on MSDN, so I can remain informed without having to swallow your political views.
It’s amazing that someone could have so much difficulty seeing through a blogger’s political views to the tech content that they’d give up such a valuable source of information. Losing any one of my RSS feeds could be closing so many doors in the future. How many interesting links would I miss?
On Asa Dotzler’s Mozilla blog, he’s been covering the Mars exploration with near up-to-the-second updates from NASA. He’s had some trouble with people complaining about too much NASA and too little Mozilla. Last I checked, wasn’t it Asa’s spoutlet?
Thankfully the blog authors are sticking to their guns. Asa sums the situation up nicely:
There have been a number of comments here at adot’s notblog (and even more in email) suggesting, and even demanding, that I stop blogging about Mars and the Mars rovers. To the folks making demands, piss off. To those who have politely asked that I either blog more about Mozilla, less about Mars, or implement categories to keep the two separate, I appreciate the feedback and here’s my plan:
I’m going to continue to post about whats on my mind and what I feel like writing about at that particular moment. This is my personal weblog and I don’t feel any obligation to keep it focused on topics related to my “professional” (Mozilla) responsibilities.
Chris Sells also put it well:
Just so folks know, I feel no responsibility whatsoever to keep my postings on sellsbrothers.com to a specific topic. If I want to post my political views, I’ll do so. If that bothers you, I suggest you unsubscribe now as complaints about the subject matter for my posts will fall on deaf ears.
My hat goes off to Chris and Asa.Read full post