Over the last week, we’ve received quite a few critical comments, ranging from a pro-mormon commenter about “another blog better left unwritten” to an anti-mormon’s attack on LDS church as “the Devil’s brother of Mormonism“. When I was invited to be a blogger here at MM, the invitation included the idea that I was invited to contribute to the ‘general tenor of MM and the “faithful but analytical/critical” parameters we try to maintain.’
Some people can’t bear anything critical toward the church. Others can’t say anything nice about the church. Both types of people can be rude and offensive, and behave more like hecklers. I don’t mind disagreement here. I do mind attacking comments, and I do not welcome people who can’t make their point without being offensive. Now I know I am not a perfect commenter, and have made people angry, but I have always tried to apologize instead of making the situation worse. I hope I have gained a measure of respect from people who disagree with me. I urge all of us, as Ronald Reagan used to say, to “disagree without being disagreeable.”
For those of you who enjoy “faithful” posts, I encourage you to be more active in commenting on those. I posted on Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and on Mormonism’s top 5 cities, receiving a combined 10 comments for all 3 posts (as of May 25). Both Hawkgrrrl and I tried to get an online RS/PH discussion going by following the manual, but I quit, because it just didn’t seem to reasonate with people. People didn’t read, and didn’t comment.
However, when I posted on my disagreement with Polygamy, there were 147 comments, mostly from pro-mormons who disagreed with me. My post dispelling the Spaulding Theory had 132 comments and attracted commenters more antagonistic toward the church. I feel like my posts can anger both pro-mormon and anti-mormons here (which hopefully means I’m not being overly biased), and at other times people yawn at what I have to say.
So, On May 25, I decided to review the posts and categorize them for the previous 30 days. I feel like there was a very good balance of topics, but as you can see the faithful/theological posts don’t get anywhere near the participation of the critical/questioning posts. So while there may be a perception that MM is “liberal”, the truth is that there is a very good balance of topics, but the readers seem to react more to the liberal topics than the conservative ones.
|Topic||# posts 4/25-5/25||avg # comments
In case you’re wondering, this is how I categorized them. Do you disagree with any of my categorizations?
So, what do you think? Would you like to see something different here? Why do you think faithful/theological posts don’t get as much attention as critical/questioning posts? Do you have any requests for future posts? If so, what do you want to see more?[poll id=”7″]