These waters, also known as the bloggernacle (i.e. Mormon community blogs filled with intellectuals who love nothing more than a rousing debate), are dangerous for little ol' nobody's like myself. Especially when I call them out and don't actually have the means necessary to back up all my assertions.
Earlier this week, I did a bad thing. It is extremely inconsequential, seeing how I stopped commenting after two comments and didn't antagonize more banter. You can read about it Here. Please note that I stop commenting when 7 people jumped on me. To their defense, I think I said what I said just to rile them up. It was rude of me, truly. I deserved their disdain (even if I believed what I said --oh, I believed what I said!).
This next debate meant something to me. If you have the time, you can read through all the comments; but the best one is comment #62. Why do I love this comment so much? Well, I'd be lying if I didn't say it was because I agreed with him. That it backed up what I believe. What makes it so much better? It's someone with authority on the subject.
During the last few years, I've lessened my time discussing things on community blogs. Especially as old subjects are being recycled. Again. And again. Seriously, you know you've been around a while when community sites are constantly talking about old stuff. With new spins, yes, but the debates are the same, and both sides are usually represented by the same bloggers.
I've also grown up a bit, too. I don't get offended as much by what people say; I find that it's just as easy to close the window and refuse to comment as it is to give into my primal urge to defend my opinion. This is why FMH is no longer on my blogroll. I'm a feminist, yes. But I just don't have confusion, bitterness, anger and hate --things necessary to swim in those waters, my friend.
But, I recognize the need for community blogs. Places like Tales and MMW are great places for Mormon mothers to find some help and insta-friends. And some people need FMH. Or the intellectual stuff. Everyone needs a place to belong, and these different community sites help serve that purpose.Now, this brings me to the purpose of this post. How do you, dear reader, feel about blogging on community sites? Where do you draw the line for you? What do you stay out of? What do you insist on discussing? What are your favorites? What do you avoid?
P.S. Stuff about my life to come tomorrow. Yeah, like you're waiting for it, or something. Something... :)