I dabbled in blogging years ago, starting a blog and an online hunting diary maintaining a degree of anonymity and got virtually no response. I started publishing articles on Geoffrey & Mika in 2013. Geoffrey & Mika has a small following and gets appreciable numbers of views. Comments are posted directly on the blog from time-to-time, but most comments are posted on other sites such as Facebook groups and other blogs where individual articles are republished. To date there is a decided absence of troll comments. I suppose I should be grateful for this, but I am left wondering why I am overlooked by internet trolls. Hoping, too, that raising this issue does not encourage trolling. I wonder if it is the tone of the articles I publish that does not attract the attention of internet trolls. The tone of the articles is temperate. I apply my skills as a librarian and researcher to find evidence to support the arguments in the articles published on Geoffrey & Mika. My writing is not polemical; it is not intended to get the reader's goat. Rather, the hope is it makes the reader think, maybe rethink their position on the topic under discussion. I do not expect everyone to agree with me and welcome comments and dissenting opinions. I hope, as I continue to publish articles on Geoffrey & Mika, readers will see fit to join the discussion, whether they agree with my arguments or not.
I am a librarian and as such am something of a know it all. I have amassed a great deal of knowledge over the years. I won lots of coffees at Timothy's Coffees of the World in their daily trivia contest. One franchise even gave me coffees in exchange for providing trivia questions for the daily contest. Friends and acquaintances tell me I should try out to be a contestant on Jeopardy. Mika enjoys challenging me, seeing if he can stump me with trivia questions. He succeeds in stumping me occasionally. The know it all has the reputation of someone who "behaves as if they know everything," I assure you this is not so in my case. Yes, while I have amassed a great deal of knowledge, I do not know everything. I am mindful of this fact; I still have lots to learn. I apply the knowledge I have amassed in my writing. I enjoy discussing issues in the present in drawing on my knowledge of history. As a librarian my vocation is the management of information and helping people find and retrieve it. I continue to refine my skills as a researcher and enjoy entertaining reference queries. I enjoy taking part in debate and discussion on social media and in face-to-face interaction and take care to pick my battles. When dealing with ideologues and true believers, it is best to tread carefully and sometimes gracefully retreat from the discussion. I do not mind correcting people when they are mistaken, but take care to go about in a manner that is tactful and does not leave them feeling chagrined. I welcome correction and criticism from those around me also. You do not learn anything if you are not offered correction and constructive criticism. I think as know it alls go, I am really not such a bad sort.
Here is a post from a now defunct blog I started a few years ago concerning satire, the right to offend and calls for censorship. In light of the terror attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, this post is worth reviving.
Rabble/Babble's cartoonist, Mike Constable, published an animated cartoon featuring a caricature of Pope Benedict giving a Nazi salute to a statue of the Virgin Mary and saying "Heil Mary." This cartoon was very offensive to a great many people, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. I quote the Rabbi Reuven Bulka who called the cartoon “horrible, unwanted and an inexcusable insult” saying “there is no room for this type of satire in this civilized world”. "How dare Rebick and her cohorts play loose with all this, with the Pope's dignity and with the life of devotion he has led and continues to lead." Despite the criticism this cartoon generated, the publisher of Rabble/Babble, Judy Rebick, insisted she “finds the cartoon funny,” and points to Canada’s well-known “history of satire, sometimes biting satire.”
Satire, even crude mockery of religion is quite common in the Western world. If you do not like it, you have the option to criticize it or ignore it, but resorting to violence is not an option.
I enjoy writing and publishing articles and find inspiration for my writings in life with my husband Mika and caring for my dogs, Hera and Stella.