People say "Your blog is challenging to read".
I agree with this. I feel it is superior to provide material that is challenging.
Not because it is inherently more virtuous to be challenging. But because of agency. Human Agency.
On the First Problem
The problem of subjective definition:
So one of the tools in the Quantum Ogre series, given to maintain agency is "Yes, but. . ." where you describe the consequences of an action before the action is taken.
You don't do this to make the game easy. You do this because it is very very super difficult hard to communicate a complete setting and scene in your head to another human being using words.
So a non-challenging blog will say something like "A widget is bad". Only they don't define widget. And wiget is a term that could mean one thing to one person, and another to a different person. Both go away from the article thinking entirely different things from the same text.
On the Second Problem
On the problem of intent:
But the difficulties don't stop there. Some people type "The new movie has many logical flaws." Some people interpret this as a literal statement that means nothing else besides this. Perhaps they liked the film, perhaps they didn't. Other people reading this see the person saying also, [the new movie is bad and I didn't like it] in addition to the actual literal text written.
Everyone is looking at those two options and saying "Well everyone knows that's the right one to do." about different options.
On the Third Problem
On the problem of coherence:
This is the most difficult to talk about.
This is a blog - not a scientific journal, research paper, journalism article, biography, or other formal work. The primary goal is to communicate, entertain, and engage an audience.
People read it for fun.
This means, personally, I strive not to be pedantic. I do not itemize every bit of text out into clear statements of "This is my opinion." "This is fact." I work from the belief that A) My readership is erudite and can reasonably parse what I am saying. B) Any questions can be asked to me in multiple channels and I will respond to any clear questions or claims. I am never intentionally obfuscatory. I write what I mean and will always clarify upon request.
There is too much, let me sum up
I believe, that because of this, I often run into two specific situations repeatedly:
- Someone tries to apply a specific piece of advice globally that should just apply to the situation it resolves
- Someone reads one sentence out of context with the rest of the article.