When Words Cut Like A Knife

From ex-warblogger Michelle Catalano who laments the state of the political blogosphere:

“Sometimes people ask me, how do you become a popular blogger? How do you make a name for yourself and get readers? I’ll tell you. Controversy. Raging anger. Venom and spitfire. That’s what sells, for the most part. If you aren’t a forerunner in the specific area of blogging you want to get into (those guys have it good, they can just be themselves), you have to carve a niche and more likely than not, that niche needs to be carved with a serrated knife coated in lemon juice and salt. Leave some scars and some pain. That will bring them running…”

Of course, the point of that rant was supposed to be: “Could all of you political bloggers stop being so mean and petty,” but ironically, I couldn’t help but think: “When you write about liberals, try to make your words into a serrated knife coated in lemon juice and salt. Don’t just prove they’re wrong; leave some scars there, doggone it!”

That’s probably not what Michele was going for, but advising bloggers to write with passion isn’t such bad advice and, wow, can she turn a phrase. Too bad she got out of political blogging…

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