The Looming Challenges of 2013
Eating Plants has been active for about 18 months. Throughout that time I have struggled to find a “voice” for this blog, provide it with a defining quality that was neither too vague nor overly narrow. At this point, I honestly do not think I’ve been able to do that. Which is fine. Instead, I’ve floated around (sometimes flailed), taking whatever vegan-related issue was on my mind and posting my thoughts on it. Sometimes this approach works, sometimes it does not. Still, there’s a lot of room for improvement.
So, I have multiple goals for this blog in 2013. One, I’d like to post everyday. For whatever reason, I find this to be an important quest, and something that readers deserve: consistency.
Two, with respect to the concern expressed in the opening paragraph, I’d like the blog as a whole to achieve greater clarity of focus. My sense is that I’m happiest when writing about Big Ideas and Big Picture topics that bear on the broad subject of vegan ethics. As you know by now, I’m no philosopher, but I’m drawn to the questions they explore. Insofar as a blog is a personal process of discovery, I may venture out of my comfort zone a bit and write more about ethics. You may have to bear with me.
Third, I have several promises to keep—for example, I still need to put out that PDF of the ten most common objections to veganism and how to respond; I also vowed to do a post comparing Karl Marx and Michael Pollan. Be assured that these tasks are still on the stove, if a bit far back on the burner. Time. That’s all it’s about.
I think a lot about how to manage/improve the comments section. I’ve only had to ban two readers—and it was because they were, in their ongoing battle with each other, sucking all the air out of my posts. Unless there are threats or undue profanity, I never block or trash comments. Frankly, I’m happy to have comments at all (I think). I suppose I’m really an agnostic on the matter.
But I will say this: in an ideal Eating Plants world, I’d write, readers would comment, and productive dialogue would ensue, civility would prevail, and we would all learn from each other about all matters vegan. This scenario actually happens a lot here, and I’m genuinely grateful when it does. For now, nothing will change with respect to comments. I just encourage all readers to contribute in the spirit of furthering our insight and knowledge rather than scoring points, tossing off insults, or having a rant. As always, I appreciate those who include their full identity when they comment. This just seems more upstanding to me than using a moniker. Just my two cents.
In any case, these are my wayward thoughts as 2012 comes to a close. I appreciate my readership very much and am thankful for all you contribute to this blog. Be well.