Baphomet68 (Minneapolis Anarchist)
I can get pretty worked up over things. I am the kind of guy who can start yelling at the T.V. when I see something that provokes a sufficiently strong emotion. I avoid newspapers and news programs, unless they share my personal bias/politics - in part, to avoid embarrassing myself publicly when struck by a fit of pique. As I read through threads sometimes, I can find myself getting "into a right state"; I can get in a snit, irritated, right on up the scale to ripsh*# irate.
I do not post replies, at least not emotional ones, when I have something other than kind words (perhaps "try not to" would be more honest). I try very hard, in my "analog" life, to speak kindly or not at all. Of course, I am nowhere near perfect in this attempt, but I am genuine in my effort, & have experienced pretty much consistent progress and improvement over the years since it became a goal.
With writing, it is much easier to exercise control and restraint in how you communicate. Treating others respectfully is a way to respect myself; but it is not the easiest thing in the world to live with. Just because I do not respond does not mean I do not have something critical to say - or that I can resist thinking about it. Some of the subjects that irritate, persist; wearing away at me, bugging me, as though they have set up an impromptu protest inside my mental real estate.
So, when I noticed I could run a Blog here, I thought that I could use it, in addition to chronicling whatever vape-related stuff I am doing, to could write about issues from the Forum that "got me worked up". So that if I just will not "get over it", I can wring out whatever it is and spill it all over my Blog. So at the very least, whoever reads it does so, well, more deliberately.