Part of the Bloggers Credo

“But hey, I just write this blog; for some reason you’re here reading it”–Robert Farley of LGM bemoaning his 2010 prediction record.

I must confess, that basic thought has often run through my head when commenters get angry what I gave written/get and because they think I should have written something else or about some other topic.

(Understand: I am not griping about disagreement, argument, or correction. There are simply some people whose motivations for reading are unclear, shall we say).

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Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. Dodd says:

    I am not griping about disagreement, argument, or correction. There are simply some people whose motivations for reading are unclear, shall we say

    Myself, I think those readers’ motivations are pretty clear. You just have to identify the secondary payoffs they’re getting.

  2. Dave Schuler says:

    I notice that Mr. Farley is not self-examining enough to wonder why his predictions were so bad. It’s not as though his predictions were that out there, e.g. predicting an attack of flesh-eating zombies. Is it possible that his judgment is poor?

  3. michael reynolds says:

    Clever prophets use the obscurity dodge. John of Patmos, Mother Shipton, Malachy O’Morgair, Nostradamus: a really successful prophet is one so vague or so impenetrable that he can never be held to account.

    In that spirit let me just say that:

    The year of two and one and one more, with one position occupied by a zero, will be a year fraught with omens of future events, some of which will freeze the souls of the wise, while others will set an untimely table for the bearded one who comes bearing unusual meat to the holy feast. All the while seven heads will dance with the beast of three hills.

    Take that to the bank. That and the zombie apocalypse.

  4. Mr. Prosser says:

    Michael, you are much too transparent. I say: In that same year the adamant nine of the 52 fourteen thousand steps up shall grasp the hem of the sacred oriflamme.