So the blog post I put up on Wednesday generated some interesting discussion. For those who didn't read the post, I was talking about the negative ramifications of changing the 14th Amendment and why, as I put it, doing so would be "terrifyingly stupid."
I've obviously never been accused of hiding my true feelings on things.
The comments were interesting, and while there was disagreement, things stayed thankfully amiable. I've never been afraid to discuss politics, and over the nine years that I've been writing this blog it's come up quite a few times. I really do have strong political opinions, and have never been afraid to use my little web-based soap box to express them.
That said, one of the things I've been trying to promote lately (through advertising) is UnCONventional - my webcomic about convention culture. The comic is, for the most part, not political. Really, it should be accessible to anyone out of geek culture, regardless of their politics. My blog appears on the comic pages though, so that means that when I talk about political issues it may put off readers who would otherwise enjoy the comic.
It's a hard balance to strike. On the one hand, I don't want to start censoring my opinions and beliefs out of an attempt to promote the comic, on the other hand I don't want to offend potential readers. I really do want as many people to enjoy the comic as possible, as I believe it to be a fairly entertaining strip.
But I might just be saying that because I write it.
Okay, so I actually have never been afraid of offending people. It's not in me I don't think. And in the end I probably won't ever end up censoring myself either. But every time I talk about politics now, I think some voice in the back of my head is going to start asking "is this a good idea?" -- and I'll likely promptly ignore it and go back to writing about whatever I originally was going to.
Yeah, that's probably what's going to happen.
I wouldn't worry about it too much. You don't really show much of a bias in the comic, so... If people want to read because they want to read, they will. If people don't want to read because of your political views, then....uh..