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January 11th, 2010:

Government and religion bashing is grand, but…

Regular readers know very well that this blog’s themes are more or less as follows:

The list is in no particular order and largely reflects personal political leanings that have been defined over my adult life. I naturally gravitate to the left of the spectrum. I am also an atheist and cannot now and never will understand why otherwise sane and smart people are drawn so deeply into religious mythologies.

There are, of course, exceptions to these themes. I will often talk about my kids, my travels (another set of China entries coming up in a couple of months!) or just random stuff. But by and large, my scribblings have been pretty negative most of the time and over the last couple of days I have reflected on this.

I am not normally a negative guy. It’s just that discussions about politics and religion bring out that side of me. I guess it’s because I am really passionate and have deep-seated beliefs about both of these subjects and like to get up on the soapbox to scream out loud about how I know better.

And the bitch of it is that these types of posts garner a lot of traffic on my site. The more vindictive the post, the more visits I get. I normally average about 40-50 hits a day. But when I pen a vicious diatribe that equates Stevie to something less than a corner-dwelling sewer rat, the traffic doubles or triples.

But after reading a few of the notes I have penned over the past few months, I have decided to stray away from the negative, attack-ad style posts in favour of something different. I don’t yet know what that “something different” will look like – it will evolve over time.

I started this blog as a creative outlet that I could use to write about things that were different in style and substance from what I do for a living. So I am going to return to this for a while and write a little more about the things that drew me to blogging in the first place.

No, Trashy ain’t gonna let Stevo completely off the hook! I will still lambaste him, his ReformCon cronies, right-wing politics and stuff of a non-secular nature. But just not quite so much.