…I thought I’d post on the front page about the growing boycott of Peach Pundit by members of the progressive/liberal Georgia blogosphere.What you’re seeing here, I believe, is the gradual decline of the Georgia progressive/liberal blogosphere; and I believe this turn of events is unfortunate because in order to have a constructive dialogue on the issues, we need to have both sides fairly represented.
The problem is, however, that the Georgia lefty bloggers have for the large part insulated themselves from this dialogue. Ask yourselves how many times a Republican has been invited to post regularly on the front page of the “the flagship blog of progressive politics in Georgia”. Sure, blogs are supposed to “hyper-partisan”, but at least this blog makes an attempt to give us Democrats an opportunity to present our point of view.
I think that one of the reasons why Peach Pundit is read by both Democrats and Republicans alike is because everyone knows that when you come to Peach Pundit, you’re probably not going to agree with most of what’s posted on the front page or in the comments section. However, most of the folks here that comment are respectful and can disagree without being disagreeable.
I can honestly say, from my own personal experiences and observations, that by and large if you have the temerity to disagree over at a Georgia lefty blog, chances are you’ll be berated, insulted, and made fun of.
You want an example? Read the recent exchange over at Blog for “Democracy” (I put the word “democracy” in quotes because Peach Pundit is more democratic than they are) between a new commenter by the name of “EazyE” and the regulars.
I want to be clear that I think that the lack of a credible “progressive/liberal” Georgia blogosphere would be extremely detrimental to, as Hillary would say, the conversation; but let’s be honest here, until Georgia lefty bloggers stop insulating themselves and stand up and say, “Yeah, I’m a Democrat, but here’s what those other guys are saying, and this is why we disagree with them” without resulting to the personal attacks such as calling people asshats, morons, douchebags, idiots, and pretty much anything else that make people think what’s the point of going over to this site or that site, if they’re going to insult me and my opinions; then what you’re going to see is the Georgia progressive/liberal blogoshere going dormant.
It’s already happening. People are already wondering why the traffic “volume has dramatically gone down.”
Ironically, the traffic on my site has gone up, so I have nothing to complain about.