I got to thinking about opinions today. We are all opinionated - that's what makes us who we are. We all have preferences and biases and beliefs that would likely turn off a large percentage of the population.
They are there, lurking behind the wimpy baked chick political correctness we call modern communications.
When we spend time with others, we want to experience their character - warts and all - and get to know their opinions.
Even the politically charged and motivated news shows are watering down their opinions. Most of the news coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy told us little.
I think blogs rose in popularity because they became a place where readers might be more likely to experience an interesting and honest opinion. Alas, many blogs have gotten really bland, too - short on opinions and tall on SEO motivated vanilla headlines. I am not into starting memes, but if I were, I would challenge all my favorite bloggers to write a highly opinionated piece - to take a stand.
And I don't mean wimpy stand about:
vote for _____
business book ________
management is an art - management is dead
teams rule - teams are dead
blogs rule - blogs are dead
These topics are all way too big and easy to hide behind. If you like John McCain or John Edwards for President, believe global warming is a problem, or that our troops out to stay/go home, that's all great - but I am interested in why have you made these selections. What gets you angry and what makes you smile?
Points of view, ideas, rants, idiosyncrasies - it's all we really have got that's us - the essential us.
I am not suggesting you aim to hurt people, but what if we let our opinions slip out a bit more - what would that be like?
A breath of fresh air, I think.