The other day a commenter who calls himself "Dum da dum dum" jokingly suggested that if I just loosen up a little, drink more, and forget about physical fitness and morality, I would have a more popular blog.
He makes a good point.
Well, there are a lot of things holding this blog back. The people who come here because they're interested in sociopathy get turned off by the fact that I'm honest about race. The race realists get turned off by the fact that every now and then I'll say something good about blacks, or because I support gay marriage. Gays and lesbians end up hating me because I describe them as they are. And a lot of people who've come here because they're interested in one of the topics I tend to dwell on have to wade through a lot of other stuff to get to their preferred subject. And I always try to be honest, but people who like honesty on one subject don't necessarily like it on others.
Not sure that drinking in the morning is going to help though. As far as physical fitness, that's been a lifelong obsession. It will give me up (through my body playing tricks on me as I age) before I give it up.
It has occurred to me that I ought to concentrate on one subject -- like sociopathy -- and refrain from commenting on others. But if I did that, I'd get bored. As it is, I've already started to repeat myself, or at least paraphrase myself, on a number of subjects.
In the meantime, I've given almost everyone reason to dislike me.
Take a look at my original post on Aspergers Syndrome and see how many Aspie commenters have lashed out at me for my description of them (thus illustrating my point about how Aspies don't take criticism well). A few days ago I may have offended the bipolar community as well, at least those who were on the depressive stage of their cycle when they read the piece.
Sociopaths are obviously not going to like the way I analyze their behavior and point out their despicable natures. And the sociopaths I've named will hate me even more. Even narcissists won't like what I've had to say about them, although, given the nature of their personalities, most will assume that what I've said doesn't apply to them individually.
Liberals, especially Obama-lovers, won't like me for obvious reasons. But conservatives won't be satisfied with me because I'm anti-war, pro-choice, and pro-gay marriage.
I hate organized atheism, and the way they try to quash Christianity at every turn. And I hate the hypocrisy of those who feel free to mock Christianity but consider other religions off-limits. But since I fall somewhere between atheist and agnostic, Christians know I'm not one of them, either.
Blacks won't like me because I'm honest about race and IQ, and race and crime. Hispanics won't like me because I'm for clamping down on illegal immigration. Asians won't, or at least shouldn't, like me because I've talked about Asian-itis.
And I'm not even white.
About the only thing I haven't gotten negative feedback on are my posts on fashion (even my father enjoyed those). But I don't think I've written one of those in over a year. Guess I'm overdue.
I write about peoples' looks, and occasionally put in pictures of women I consider beautiful. Women who are insecure about their own looks often stop reading at that point.
I've also written about men's looks. While no man will stop reading the blog because of that, I'm sure some guys probably think I sound like half a fag when discoursing on that subject. (Especially when I use words like "discoursing.")
I've written a (so far) 18-part series on being a beta male, because I thought that most guys would identify with some of the feelings I described in those posts. A couple people who know me personally have reacted by saying, you're not a beta, so you're just a liar. While I was flattered by their response, the truth is, I have felt every emotion I've described in that series.
(And, by the way, I'm sure there are others who know me personally who reacted by thinking, yep, well, at least he admits he's a beta.)
The fact is, all men feel like betas at times, and like alphas at others; it's usually just a question of circumstance. But, women probably don't find that series all that interesting.
Speaking of women, the feminists who've wandered onto this blog undoubtedly hate me for my series on FEMEN, and for what I've said about feminists in general. Frankly, though, they'd probably hate me anyway, so there's little I can do about them.
Conclusion: if you're honest, you're going to end up offending everyone, sooner or later.
(Somehow, I felt more comfortable writing the above sentence in second person rather than in first.)
I will say that one of the most gratifying things about this blog has been that the smarter and more honest someone is, the more likely he is to stick with it. It's not a perfect correlation, but in general, it holds. (Note the way I slip in some subtle self-congratulation while congratulating you.)
Anyway, to those of you who've stuck with the blog, thank you.