A point about the beauty of blogging


Commenter Outsider posted this:

Ta-Nehesi, I've been so disappointed not only in the mainstream media but in the blogs, including yours, for not posting more on this. The Times ran a story on voter caging a few weeks ago, and few people picked it up. They also brought up problems with voter registration. There is clearly one party that is getting out the vote, and another that is working on keeping it in. And when the vote is kept in, poor people and people of color are disproportionately affected.

There is lots more to post on this issue, so where have you been?

He's right. I've been seeing some of the stuff on voter caging and voter-fraud and I haven't covered it a whole lot here. But you guys know me well--I maintain this blog, try to keep the comments productive, do some long-form writing, kiss my baby when I see her, talk to the kids when I can, and raise my own somewhere in between. I'm going to miss some things in the course of all of that.

If you feel like I'm really really missing something big then let me offer a suggestion--start your own blog. I want to distance myself from people who throw that out there in a sarcastic manner because they're getting shit from their commenters. In this instance, I really, really mean it. There's a lot going on out there, and we need people to bring it to light. Don't think anyone will read it? Send me a link, and I'll do what I can. Also scroll back through the early days of this blog? See any comments? It takes time to build an audience--and then time to maintain it.

No disrespect intended at all, but If you really think this army ain't up to snuff, then dammit, stop shouting from the sidelines. Grab your guns, and let's do the damn thing,

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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