Why did I just post all that?
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 12:41PM
Jared Scott

"What exactly is the wrong side of history?" parts 1, 2, and 3 are actually about a month old and have been online at a site I have not submitted for indexing by the major search engines, the way I have this site.  I have been blogging for three years, and on this other site over that span, I write from time to time, to a smaller audience than what I will eventually achieve with this site, with your help.  Although parts 1, 2, and 3 are accessible by the public in both locations, their other location is a site you would never find unless you were looking for it and knew where to find it.

That site is more of a personal journal which might or might not be of particular interest to the audience I will attract with this site.  Here and there I will copy posts from the other site to this one, when I believe it is appropriate.  For the next several posts, I want to shift gears with you a little bit, and I will justify that by telling you about a paragraph from an article about politics I read long ago.  The article's writer noted that statistically, people who are on the pro-life side of the abortion debate are more likely to oppose gun control than people who are on the pro-choice side of the abortion debate, even though "guns and fetuses are completely different things," in his words.  He wrote that opposition to abortion and opposition to gun control "are both particular expressions of a general cast of mind."

You might be able to Google that quoted phrase and find the article, if you're interested.  I don't know.  It was long ago.  But my point is this.  I believe that bloggers do not need a particular niche in order to drive traffic to their site, as much as they need to seize upon "a general cast of mind," and give that particular audience what experience has shown, it tends to enjoy, even if what it tends to enjoy is not necessarily all "philosophy of history" all the time (something most history Ph.D.s don't even enjoy).

Am I going too far to suggest that the love of history and the love of geography are both particular expressions of a general cast of mind?  The popularity of the three articles preceding this one has already shown that love of history and interest in politics are both particular expressions of a general cast of mind.  (No one truly loves politics, do they?)  Should a blogger who lives his real life in the real world, a world in which every discipline is related to some other discipline in some way, be forced to artificially choose one or the other as his niche?  I do not have an answer to that question because I dispute a premise of the question.  The question assumes, incorrectly, that such a choice is even possible.

All I'm saying is that I will sometimes wander to and fro, from topic to topic, with confidence that the "general cast of mind" of the readers I will attract is such that ninety percent or more of my consistent readers will take something of value away from ninety percent or more of what I write.

With that in mind, I want to tell you that tonight I will be posting the first section of a entry I made to my other site a little more than nine months ago.  This entry, in total almost 10,000 words long, was originally inspired by a person who, around that time, had the opportunity to travel abroad to some of the places I have only yet imagined seeing, but hope to see.

If you are of this "general cast of mind" then you will enjoy it.

Thanks for reading.  Comments, as always, are welcome.

Jared

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