Edit: This post keeps re-displaying in my RSS reader, so if you’re also having this problem, my apoligies.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and have decided that now is the best time for this. As you’ve noticed, I like politics. Not because I like politicians, but rather because political discourse is the foundation of all true governance of the people, by the people. However, I realize that not everyone may be as passionate about the political system as I am. In fact, I’m fairly certain most people are not, and while some people truly do love reading about and understanding the topics of the day, I’m pretty sure that most don’t care to hear more than they get during the 6 o’clock news. This is why I’ve decided to create a new politics/social issues only site and for the most part close shop on the Gnorb.NET politics section.
I originally formed this blog as a way to write about what I wanted to write about. Mostly, it was a way to get my non-technical thoughts out, specifically my cartoon/comic book/sci-fi/fantasy geek side out, along with some theology and anything else which might be of interest to me and which might somehow, someway help some passerby in the future. (What can I say, love to teach!) Over time, this simple formula has attracted a good number of people: not as many as my showman/entertainer side would want, but a fairly large crowd, nevertheless. Over the past year, I’ve slowly come to the realization that people are here for vastly different reasons. While I knew from the start that people wouldn’t read this site because I’m “me” (I have to be someone like Wil Wheaton for that), I realized people found me because of something I wrote which at one point or another caught their interest, and stuck around to see if I would put out some more. Given my transient and eclectic nature, however, most of those people realized that I stuck to topics like duct tape sticks to anything but itself: it doesn’t. The only topic I consistently wrote about — 61 articles in all — was politics.
Due to the polarizing nature of politics, however, many of those readers who came here for entertainment, philosophy, life stories, or personal development information have been pushed away because of my political content. This is something I’ve been keeping an eye on for the past year or so. In light of all this, I’ve decided to move the political content to its own site. While the Politics section will stay in place (at least for the foreseeable future), all future political observation, news, and opinion will be featured almost exclusively on Orange Politics (http://OrangePolitics.Gnorb.net). I say “almost” because if something absurdly huge happens, then there’s a fair chance I’ll mention it here, even if it’s only to tip the hat of Orange Politics. I’ll also keep some of the political satire going.
For the record, no, I haven’t noticed a sudden dip in the readership. While this has happened in the past, this isn’t even the biggest reason I’m doing this. When I started this site I never intended to take it the all-too-well traveled political route. (In fact, if you were to take a snapshot of blogs you’d likely determine that there were only two categories: politics and everything else.) Because of my passion for politics, however, it started becoming that. This hampered my personal style: I even started feeling constrained, both on the politics side and the personal. I therefore decided that Gnorb.NET is here for two reasons: to entertain and educate, by writing the kind of articles and stories I would like to read more of. My growing focus on politics was getting in the way of that, which is why I decided to spin it out and create Orange Politics.
While I am aware that there is a progressive site called OrangePolitics.org (also .com), the reason for the name has to do entirely with the fact that I live in Florida, a state commonly associated with Oranges (among other things). Since I tend to focus on Florida issues and Florida politics, I figured the name “Orange” politics was fitting. (I also considered “Sunshine Politics”, but that has a bit too much of a Dora-meets-Big-Bird feel to it.)
If you’re interested in politics, then head on down to Orange Politics and add it to your RSS reader. Because of its narrow scope, I’ll likely be able to post a larger number of political articles a day, as well as write more in-depth analysis than what I feel can honestly do on this site. (If you’re here for the political content, then the other stuff won’t be polluting your RSS feed, and vice versa.) Hopefully I’ll be able to keep those of you looking for political content informed, or at the very least entertained, since the later is one of the things I most love doing: I’m an entertainer at heart.
Finally, I’ll probably be looking for guest authors to help me out with Orange Politics, so if you’re interested in politics and would like to try your hand at writing, but have been afraid to do so, or don’t feel you have enough to say to create a blog, feel free to drop me a line at OrangePolitics@gnorb.net. I’m a firm believer that all points of view should be heard and decided upon, so don’t be afraid to write something up, even if you think I’m a liberal godless communist or a ultra right-wing fundamentalist nut-job. While I may not agree with a word you say, not only will I defend your right to say it, I’ll also help you publish it.
So to recap:
- Gnorb.NET — Education and entertainment for Gen X and Y’ers with an uplifting message.
- Orange Politics — I’d call it the No Spin Zone, but I don’t have enough money to hire lawers to fight O’Reily for that one. I might call it the Not-All-That-Much Spin Zone.
With that I hope you enjoy reading. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, drop me a line and tell me what you think about the change, especially if you’ve never commented before. If you can also tell me what got you here in the first place (and why you decided to stay) I’d be even more thankful. As always, thank you for your time.