This is probably a bad idea, but here goes…
January 21, 2012 17 Comments
“DON”T READ! or Write your own BLOG ! This one is mine and my opinion and I force no one to read or agree.” –Gerry Nutter, January 20, 2012
Well I finally went ahead and did it. After years of reading and commenting on Lowell area blogs, I have started one of my own* But to call this a real blog would be a disservice to the industry. I don’t intend to post all that often and certainly won’t be in the same league as leftinlowell or gerrynutter when it comes to my sources. I am, just an ordinary Lowell Resident, and my opinions are mine and mine alone. I have been called a coward by a 50-year-old man who acts like he’s in high school (and spells like he’s in 2nd grade) because I choose to let my observations and opinions stand for themselves by using a pseudonym. That gentleman said that if I don’t like his opinion I shouldn’t read and should start my own blog. So I’m taking him up on his challenge. Since most of my comments are often waaay too long it should be for the best. But first some introduction of what I intend to do here.
1. Keep my pseudonym. One day on leftinlowell, I needed a name to post under and I put “Lowell Resident,” never intending to become a frequent flyer. Believe me, if I did, I would have picked a more interesting name! But maybe there is beauty in simplicity and boringness. I am just one lifelong Lowell resident who cares about my city and wanted to contribute to the new media landscape that I feel is tremendously important and helpful to this community. I have my reasons for not putting my name out there. Bottom line is nobody that has asked my name online knows me in real life and really why would it matter? There were some other anonymous bloggers through the years with ugly and demeaning blogs. I won’t mention their names because they are trash, and this will not be one of them. Some anonymous commentators are disgraceful, and that will get me to my second point.
2. No Character Assassination! This really is my number one policy. Because to me, it doesn’t matter if you have a pseudonym or you put your real name out there, the real poison is in the words that are used after you identify yourself. It was my objection to the character assassination of a new city councilor being undertaken by one Mr. Nutter that inspired me to start this blog. That and despite calling me a coward, the aforementioned blogger refused to allow my response to show up on his comments. A response that, believe it or not, was actually mostly complimentary of Mr. Nutter’s (and others) efforts throughout the years. I just disapproved of his false forced comparison he had made earlier. And while I try to stick only to public facts in critiquing public figures, I want to openly apologize to any public figure I was unduly harsh on through the years in my comments. I especially will not Mr. John Macdonald and Mr. Rodney Elliot. I do not agree with them on their ideas or their campaign strategies but I will try to cut it on my snarkiness because I do respect them for their contributions to the city and I would hope they, like myself, also are more interested in the welfare of the City of Lowell than the glory of public recogniton.
3. I admit when I am wrong, and any critiques are welcome. Personal attacks on me aren’t appreciated but I will try to have a thicker skin than others. I know I have made mistakes and instead of flipping out and insulting people who don’t like my opinions, I will take their views into consideration and will have a measured response and hopefully a well thought out debate.
4. In the interest of fairness, I will only use publicly available information. Since I am using a pseudonym, it wouldnt be fair for me to divulge any information I learn throughout my travels in Lowell. If it ends up here, it will be through the wonderful world of google, the archives or any other public sort of data unless its generic in nature. And it will be cited and sourced. I’m not interested in hurting anyone unfairly. I’ve seen people post information about family members in the comments section, I say come with a news article or some other verified source or don’t come at all.
Anyways, hopefully, despite the rather ridiculous reasons for starting this blog, I may be eventually will be able to contribute a little bit. I think the blogosphere in Lowell is amazing, leftinlowell, richardhowe and gerrynutter are probably my 3 most visited sites and of the more politically orientated sites, I really appreciate what they do. That includes Mr. Nutter, even though he thinks I called him a racist. I said he made a lazy comparison. But if thats how he treats his loyal readers who dare call him out with a critique, so be it. I’d like to thank the folks at leftinlowell for having the “testosterone or courage of their convictions” to banter with me even when we disagree.
And while I admit, I am looking to settle a minor score here initially, I really just want to have a little fun with this. Like I tried to say in my disallowed comment, you can choose to take me seriously or not. You don’t know, I could be a PhD student with a long history of activity in the Lowell community activitiy or I could be a sixteen year old girl who actually doesnt care for Twilight or I could be a bitter old man who just likes to complain. You don’t know. But thats the beauty of anonymity. Let the arguments stand for themselves.