Of arrogance, bluster, and this village idiot
Tonight, I was perplexed about a comment claiming to be from DaveWiner - though it could just as easily be from an impostor - on the final installment of my extended XmlRpc ramblings:
Pretty arrogant if you ask me. What has LM Orchard contributed to the world? Add more value, less bluster and bullshit.I suppose I should have stopped while I was ahead, refraining from rambling on about my case study to begin with, let alone responding to this comment. But, nonetheless I was bothered tonight, and responded:
Your comment confuses me.I was trying to give a compliment and a positive testimonial, while addressing some of the standard criticisms I'd seen before. And I wanted to back it up with my own experiences while tempering it with my admitted inexperience.
I've written that your work has helped me and given me food for thought - despite other disagreements I may have with you. And I've written that a tool of yours I've come to consider imperfect has, nonetheless, worked perfectly for me. These things remind me that I don't know it all and have much to learn and hash out. If this is bluster and bullshit, I certainly didn't intend it as such.
As for my contributions and value - I'd like to think I'm doing something right in this field, given that I still have a well-paying job and a non-zero readership of my weblog.
But, after having had a decent dinner and a measure of time watching soap operas with my girlfriend on the couch, I've decided that this is what tweaks me about the comment: What's a weblog for, if it doesn't make room for arrogant bluster and bullshit? My assumption in writing here is that I know enough or can figure enough out to write things valuable to someone - or at least, if I'm wrong, I can still provide myself as a foil of ignorance to someone else's enlightenment.
Attacking the process, or the village idiot himself, is not constructive.
Hope that helps. Have a nice day. Please drive through.