This quiet Sunday morning I'm finally getting a chance to read the replies HuffPo DIDN'T censor, to Arianna's and Jonah's posts on Huffington Post about me.
One of the common themes among HuffPo loyals is that because I wrote a few posts about unusual readers reading my blog, I am somehow "paranoid."
Of course both the Huffington Troll in his replies that started all of this, and his friends responding to the recent posts, miss the entire point, which was that it IS interesting when unusual visitors, such as the CIA or the Department of Homeland Security or the Rendon Group take an interest in your blog, even though a blog can be read by anyone. I explained some of this in my recent entry Deception in the Blogosphere:
"Many bloggers have noted my comments about unusual readers of this blog and in particular my three recent posts:Now I'm REALLY freaking out! How a Public Relations Firm Helped Start the War Am I Crazy Paranoid . . . ? I'm not sure, however, how many readers realize that the expression "tongue-in-cheek" applies to much of what I write, even though the underlying facts may be very true."
But some readers also weren't happy with that explanation. One of them replied, "I will be honest with you; at various moments yesterday, I was truly afraid for your safety and wondered if you were safe." He continued, "Now that I know that, although the facts were real, you were having a joke on us, I feel duped by your tactics. To feign a paranoia for reasons of having your tongue in your cheek cheapens everything you write, substantive or otherwise. "
I responded, "You apparently assigned a higher probability to the possibility that I would disappear, in your mind, than I did in my mind. You may be right (there's a day tomorrow, too), but I hope, for my sake, that you're wrong. I believe it is inappropriate for you to be upset that I was less worried about my own fate than you were."
I try to present funny--and sometimes serious --facts, in an entertaining manner. If you haven't read my legal disclaimer yet, now may be a good time to do so! It is designed to make you smile.