Over the last few weeks I have started writing about my opinions more and more on this site. Whether in regards to the bailout or politics or some other subject, you have been seeing more of my opinion in my posts here at My Two Dollars. While I originally decided to start doing this more often because I was getting very complacent in writing about regular old personal finance subjects, I have decided to tone it down quite a bit for several reasons:
1. The relentless personal attacks by email that I have been receiving. Whether it is against my wife/mom/whatever, these have gotten incredibly ruthless and insulting. For some reason, people feel the need to attack my personal life because I have a different opinion than them. I don’t understand it and probably never will; it’s not like I am writing about hot-button issues like abortion that normally would fan the flames a bit. What good does it do anyone to attack someone like that? Does it help your argument any? Not really…
2. The comments being left on the site have gotten uglier and uglier. Besides people using insulting words/phrases as their names, multiple comments under different emails trying to support their own initial comment, and more threatening notes than I care to discuss, it is getting old and tiresome deleting comment after comment every day. I want to write; I don’t want to have to babysit those who cannot behave and put rational thought into their comments.
Now, I am all for debate and opposing viewpoints, and those of you who read the site regularly can vouch for that. I leave any and all “real” comments up on the site as long as they are not personal attacks on anyone, even if it is not an opinion I share. That is what makes this site so great; the back and forth with readers, the open discussions about different topics, etc. But when it crosses the line to attacking my readers and/or my own family, that’s the end of the discussion. My wife was threatened with bodily harm the other day in a comment; what does she have to do with anything? It has become obvious that some people cannot handle discussing issues without going down that road, and I don’t want to/nor do I have the time to monitor these things day and night, I am going back to the old format of mostly just discussing basic personal finance issues for now. I am sorry if you liked the new direction I was going in, but I do hope you can understand the quandary I find myself in. Misunderstandings are one thing, and I hope I have resolved any of those that my readers and/or myself have been involved in. And sure, my opinion will show up once in a while because otherwise I would be bored silly writing for the site. But these personal attacks on both my readers who leave comments and my family has convinced me that it’s just not worth it to feed into the psyche of those who wish to take ordinary everyday discussions about the economy and politics and turn them into something so negative and nasty. It’s a shame because I enjoy a healthy debate about the things that matter to everyday people, and there is nothing better than learning the reason why someone believes in what they do. It makes life more interesting, and if you are only exposed to those who agree with you, life gets pretty boring. But unfortunately, a few bad apples have put any thoughts of mine of making this site more opinion-oriented to bed, and I will have to look for or start another site where opinion is welcome. If I do start yet another site for opinions/discussions on different issues, I do hope you will come along if you are interested.
Thanks to those of you who regularly contribute your valuable thoughts to all the discussions and kept it civil, I truly appreciate it, and I hope you stick around!