Maybe this explains why my blog is not more popular, and does not have more readers and commenters:
"We read blogs in order to be slightly irritated".
That seems so...odd....to me. I read blogs because I like the writer's ideas, I want to see how he or she views the world...or, with knitting or quilting blogs, to see what other people are making and maybe look for inspiration.
There's enough - more than enough - in my daily life that irritates me. Blogs and internet time is largely my escape.
Do you think that's true? That there is a segment of the population who enjoys the sort of "righteous indignation" over reading opinions they disagree with and calling them stupid, or snarking on the blog-author for any errors of grammar or content? (No, wait. Don't tell me. I've seen enough of politics in this country to know the answer).
And actually, that probably explains the burgeoning number of reality shows about people that I'd really rather not know: people watch them because the people's behavior annoys them. It's like picking at a scab, really: it hurts, it's not good for you and you probably shouldn't do it, and yet some people WILL.
I know I've said many times I wished I had wider readership and more commentary, but now I realize - not if it means I have to do things to rub people the wrong way or cause people to respond to me in irritated ways. I don't like irritating people (I like hurting people's feelings even less, but I don't like irritating people either).
What a strange species we are. Taking pleasure out of something that's fundamentally painful.