|Posted by James on February 22, 2012 at 11:15 PM|
The most rewarding thing about blogging for me has been the friends I’ve made. That I’ve had a chance to work with them, both in STH and in their own blogs, has been a real thrill. For those of you curious, I thought I might give you a run down (complete with links) to all the collaborative blogs I’ve co-written outside of Stop the Hate.
The Anti-Hate Brigade Summit - Day 1
Upon retiring STH, I found a strange phenomenon emerging. There were suddenly new blog series like War on Hate, Calling Out Haters, Stop Hating On, and Don’t Drink the Hatred popping up. It was TCG’s idea to bring the authors of these blogs—himself, Les, Fluffyman, Pharmmajor, and me—together for a five day blogathon. This first one, hosted by TCG, was a simple introduction to the the five of us.
This was a subject I was glad to tackle with a Canadian. In Canada, gays are allowed to marry and serve in the military, and the country has not fallen apart because of it. To get his perspective on the issue, as someone from a place where gays have far more rights than in America, was quite helpful to the argument.
This could have also been called “Elitists,” as TCG and I spend as much time defending that term as we do defending big city living. Going from Long Beach, California to just outside St. Paul, Minnesota, I had a lot to say about the advantages of residing in a major metropolitan area.
The Unemployed and Helping the Less Fortunate
This was part three of TCG and my “liberal agenda” rants, following the LGBT and big city articles. I was struck during the writing of this blog, detailing our disgust at how the poor and unemployed are being treated in this country, at how our articles all called for compassion from people proclaiming to be Christians. That became the message for me in this one: if you’re going to preach the teachings of Christ, at least get them right and follow them.
South Park (agree to disagree)
This was, I think any ways, one of the most interesting blogs I ever co-wrote because TCG and I didn’t really agree in it. Even though we both enjoy South Park, I’m of the opinion that it goes too far sometimes, takes cheap shots at easy targets, and at times transcends satire and becomes bullying. TCG is quicker to praise South Park and give it a pass because its an equal opportunity offender. So this really was more a debate than a “we both agree” kind of article.
The Anti-Hate Brigade Summit - Day 3
Les, being the kind of guy he is, decided to focus on how our differences should not keep us separated. He is a hardcore conservative, complete with Tea Party values. I’m as liberal as a Michael Moore movie. Pharmmajor often speaks up for the Libertarian cause. Fluffyman is a Christian liberal and ThatCanadianGuy is...well...Canadian. We all have our own opinions, our own diverse way of looking at the world, and yet the five of us managed to find common ground and come together to agree to disagree, a practice more people need to get behind before the world falls further into chaos.
Is Bella Swan a horrible role model? Two concerned dads discuss
This one was huge! Thousands and thousands of hits, hundreds of comments! I was really proud of this one, it reached an audience that embraced its message and engaged civilly in the debate. Is Bella Swan a good role model? I still say, “Are you fucking kidding!” Les and I approached the topic from the point of view of dads both raising children, which I think helped us avoid any accusations of trying to dictate to women what constitutes a negative female image. Neither of us want to see our daughters grow up to be as manipulative, mean spirited, and downright pathetic as Bella, and you all seemed to agree that she is one fictional character not helping the cause of women...or anyone, for that matter.
What makes a real man?
This one is a little awkward, just because Les and I hadn’t yet figured out that the best way to write a collab article was to do a back and forth exchange rather than he writes half and I write half. Still, for the theme of the article I am very proud. The idea that a real man is not defined by a gun or a uniform or a sports score but rather by how he treats people is an important lesson that, surprisingly, many men and women haven’t learned yet.
What can we do together about oil
This was a continuation of my Get Us The Hell Off Oil! blog, written shortly after the BP oil spill. Les and I continued to put politics aside (as much as we could any way) to find common ground and try to figure out how best to get the Western World off our addiction to oil.
Les’ 100th Blog
I was more than happy to co-author Les' 100th blog with him. It was a more laid back discussion than he and I normally had, as we discussed our influences, what we love to read, and took one last shot at Stephanie Myers.
Conservatives and Liberals
A follow up to our very popular STH blog, Les and I continue to attempt to put political differences aside.
A book you should get.
Les did a review of my Manic Expression anthology, plus a brief interview with me. It was very humbling to read his praise of my work, and I'm grateful for his support.
The Anti-Hate Brigade Summit - Day 4
Of the five Anti-Hate Brigade articles, this was by far the ballsiest. Fluffyman had the brilliant idea for the five of us to explore our sometimes less than appropriate ways of dealing with trolls. I’m proud to say that, in this second run of STH, I think I’ve avoided the bait left by the mean spirited minority of this website, but that wasn’t always the case the first time around. I could get sucked into a flame war and reduce myself to the level of a name calling low life. I’ve since learned my lesson, and am quite happy with how this second run of STH turned out.
This one was me really following the leader, as opposed to me being a full partner in the discussion. Don’t get me wrong, its a great blog and I loved writing with Fluffy and wish we’d done it more, but I was really just responding to his insights on the subject of people’s animosity towards Pixar, a phenomenon I wasn’t aware of but was not surprised by as anything that beloved must have a severe backlash these days.
The Anti-Hate Brigade Summit - Day 5
This summary of our five day summit, complete with a look toward the future, seemed a fitting send off to my time writing STH. I’d already posted the 100th blog and was moving on, when suddenly blogs like War on Hate, Calling Out Haters, and Stop Hating On began to appear. That I actually inspired anyone to take up a cause like civility in the modern world still astounds me, and may be the thing I’m most proud of as a writer.
A Tribute to the Villains of Superman
This one, like the Pixar blog I wrote with Fluffy, was me really following the leader rather than being a partner, which I was fine with. Pharm would throw out a villain from Superman’s rogues gallery, along with his take on the character, and then I would comment. It was nice to give Kal-El’s archenemies their due, as so much attention is focused on Batman’s nemeses.
This recent collaboration with Pharm was one of the most fun blogs I’ve ever written. Getting to geek out about The Dark Knight Rises casting was a blast. People might think that STH was meant as a tool for my own personal social crusade, and that may have been true at times, but what I really enjoyed talking about was movies and comic books. Those were always the articles I most looked forward to posting.
I had sworn off political blogs, but Pharm lured me into another discussion on the disapointment our elected officials always turn out to be.
Sean was someone I’d not met on the first STH go round, so it was fun to work with someone new when I started re-posting the articles. He worked with me on my defense of the Green Lantern trailer, and we followed that up with his defense of corporations. While I’m still a left leaning Socialist swine, I have to admit that the existence of corporations don’t bother me. After all, if you’ve ever been to a movie you’re supporting a corporation. If you’ve ever read a comic, watched TV, played a video game, or eaten an Oreo, you’ve supported a corporation. I just hate the incalculable greed and corruption that fuels companies in this day and age.
The NYUN Tribute
I didn’t co-author this one, just contributed a piece of the overall tribute to a great guy, my friend NOTYETUSEDNAME, or as he prefers to be called now, Les.
This was an interesting one to do, as I’m not a huge Disney aficionado. Still, I was aware of the rumors Moviedfan12 wanted to address (and found them hilarious!), and I was dying to write with an author that has easily become one of the most popular and talented writers I've met...and I’m not just saying that because he wrote a tribute to Stop the Hate...although that didn’t hurt!