Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

I’ve been writing this blog for almost five years.  And now that I’m providing enough content to warrant people keeping up with it it’s begun expanding its following, which is of course very gratifying to me.  And I am especially grateful to those of you who have passed along the site address or the link to a particular post.  I think this is the real “organic” growth mechanism as opposed to a Google or even a DuckDuckGo search link.  The opinion of the target audience is the only meaningful measure of the success of a journal.

But I must take the time to ask you all for a favor.  I am not looking for money or more clicks from you.  I’m not even looking for compliments, although praise is a wonderful narcotic that I crave as much as the next man.  What I’m looking for is feedback of some sort.  And it doesn’t even have to be agreement, in fact, disagreement combined with your opinion on the subject at hand would be splendid.  And I’m certainly not looking for histrionics and mock squabbling.  The last thing I think we need is more Jerry Springer theatrics.  And I’m not looking for people to make declarations that they consider dangerous for them to make.  I am quite aware that government and corporate busybodies are everywhere attempting to imitate the KGB on a Keystone Cops basis.  What I’m looking for is a real dialog with the audience.

As much as I like hearing my own voice and as much as I enjoy the scintillating brilliance of my every captured thought, I still believe that there are other people out there in the universe who have something that they can add to all this marvellousness.  I hold to the idea that there is intelligent life in the universe besides me.  And my goal is to discover it and make contact with it and learn something from it and even enjoy the camaraderie of shared humanity.  I feel like that character from the Pink Floyd song saying, “Hello, hello, hello is there anybody out there?”  But I know there are many somebodies out there.  I’ve met some of them.  And they are fantastic people.  But what would be more fantastic would be to reach a critical mass where the conversations become self-sustaining and I become almost an insignificant part of the dialog.

Think of all the brilliant and thoughtful and experienced people that are out there.  And they’re being thrown off social media by the hundreds of thousands and they’re rooting around on the internet looking for a community.  Some have probably found some good ones.  I’ve done it myself.  But many of these places are extremely odd.  Maybe it’s the times we live in.  Maybe it’s some artifact of the monetizing system but there is just too much anger and confusion.  Even the ones that seem to have a lot of good information on what is going on are strange and sort of depressing.  I’m looking to build some kind of community that at least can function in a way that allows information and some kind of dialog to go on.

I think that with the stalinesque woke purges going on almost everywhere in our society; in social media, in corporations, in government, in schools, in churches, even in the military; it’s necessary to have a place where we can go and be able to say what we want to without having someone tell us that we’re not allowed to.  That’s actually the origin of this site.  I got tired of being censored on photography web sites when I disagreed with the ridiculous leftist slant to everything on those sites.

Now, I’m sure there will be plenty of readers who will find that their views fall so far to the Left and the Right of where I am that this site will be uninteresting to them.  The woke will think I’m just a hateful racist.  In fact, I’ve been told that repeatedly.  And there are people way out on the edges of the dissident right who will find my beliefs hopelessly naïve and useless to their taste.  And that is reasonable.  I have no desire to straddle hopeless opposites.  It can’t be done.  But I know that there is an enormous swath of people that exist in the spectrum of conservative thought that would benefit from a chance to talk to people like themselves without being lectured to and hectored and treated like bad children or criminals.

So, if you have anything at all to say.  Say it!  I don’t need your name or even your actual e-mail address.  Put down whatever you like.  But pitch into the conversation with me.  It’ll help me.  It will help other people who are shy.  And who knows, you might really enjoy talking to other intelligent and like-minded people.  So come out, come out, wherever you are.

And if you like what you read here, tell a friend or two or three who are like you and might enjoy it too.

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Tyler, the Portly Politico

I admire your efforts to build online community, photog. I think it’s important and necessary, and I’ve appreciated the opportunities you’ve offered me to reach a wider audience. I seriously wouldn’t change anything about your blog. You’re providing a good mix of political and social commentary; personal reflections; pop culture reviews; photography; and other enjoyable miscellany. There’s something for many different tastes while still maintaining your voice and perspective. Indeed, that’s something I’ve tried to do on my website, and you’re partly the inspiration for that. The biggest obstacle to consistent activity in the comment sections (besides audience numbers) is… Read more »

Angie
Angie
1 month ago

Anybody out there think Don Jr is going to run next time around?

Tyler, the Portly Politico
Reply to  photog

Yes! Let a thousand comments bloom.

Angie
Angie
1 month ago
Reply to  photog

Open discussion brings like minded together 🤪. I have shared this with some of my peeps. Maybe they will jump in!

Angie
Angie
1 month ago
Reply to  photog

I’m in the south, fairly small town. A lot of ppl around here are starting to leave masks off . Have heard comments about how it does not make any difference.

Angie
Angie
1 month ago
Reply to  photog

I started attending a church last spring…my mom and I got into the car, deciding that we would go to the first church we found that had the intestinal fortitude to be open. Been there ever since.

Angie
Angie
1 month ago
Reply to  photog

Your MD friend is right about the masks, only the actual medical grade N95 can keep out a virus. And if ppl were actually having to wear those (i have) this would have stopped long ago. N95 are really uncomfortable

Tyler, the Portly Politico
Reply to  Angie

That’s an excellent method for finding a church!

Tyler, the Portly Politico
Reply to  Angie

Yes. I live in a small town in SC and was in the grocery store today. I saw several people totally maskless—which I love. We even have a mask ordinance in place that fines people $25 if they don’t have on a mask, but according to our Chief of Police, he hasn’t had to ticket anyone yet. I plan on voting against renewing it when it comes up at our next Town Council meeting. I just got elected last month and my first meeting is tomorrow night, and while I expect to be overriden, I hope to make a case… Read more »

Angie
Angie
1 month ago

I agree, no need for gvmt involvement, if ppl that are concerned about catching a virus want to wear a mask then they should do so. No need for laws to force the issue. I did read a comment by a gentleman recently…due to cancer he has 1 lung, mask wearing is uncomfortable for him (due to decreased lung capacity). He should not have to completely isolate himself as he is not a health threat to others.

Tyler, the Portly Politico
Reply to  Angie

Exactly. And, of course, our ordinance has exemptions for people with health conditions, etc. My thought is, if there are so many exemptions, why do we even have this ordinance? The Chief told me it did help de-escalate some situations where someone would be asked to put on a mask, but that seems like pretty small potatoes.

Tyler, the Portly Politico
Reply to  Angie

I think photog is right—it depends what Trump himself will do. I sincerely hope he’ll run again (assuming the Senate doesn’t somehow reach 2/3rds and convict him on this sham impeachment). I’m not as keen on Don Jr., who seems a bit cringy (especially with Kimberly Guilfoyle weirdly shouting all the time). But First Lady Guilfoyle would be better than a Ed.D. any day—ha! I know she’s seen as an Establishment cuck, but I actually like Nikki Haley. She was an amazing governor here in SC, and I thought she kicked butt as the UN Ambassador. I’m afraid she’d be… Read more »

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