not at all short post #4
A while back I went to wikipedia and read the section about blogs because I wanted to get the skinny on podcasting. (The same way I intend to dust in the living room and end up balancing my checkbook.)
I realized that I know about nothing about the etiquette of blogging.
But I did find a term there that encapsulates the passive-aggressive online embodiment my real-life conflict averse passive aggressive self
Blogfoo - Statements written with an air of generality while obviously pointed at a specific person or group of people.
See, I tell myself that I have a very important, principled, important, and universally generalizable thing that I have distilled through being inspired by that thing that so and so said/did. And that I need to share from the electronic soapbox of blog, journal, or in reply to an email list. But being human, I cannot say that my motives are always so pure. There is always the subconscious to contend with.
I have been called out on my Blogfoo once. (It was more like email list foo.) I was thoroughly embarassed by this and cowed. I should have been more direct. The guy was being vindictive, manipulative, controlling, and freaky and using the pretext of a principled position of justice and decency. He won. His Blogfoo is much stronger than mine. I am traveling in search of a master in the ancient lands who can teach me drunken-dragon-underwater-nightlight-baseballbat blogfoo before we meet again.