Dear Miss Snark,
I just wanted to let you know that I am huge fan of your blog. I read it everyday with while drinking my morning green tea.
Awhile ago, you spoke of the importance of writers establishing a web presence. So I started a blog. However I find myself blogging about my second great love, politics, and commenting on other political blogs. I believe that I have always remained respectful of other peoples opinons. (And when I can't, I comment anonymously).
However, close non-publishing friends have suggested that this is not exactly the most professional thing to do as a writer (of fiction, mainly scifi, fantasy and romance), and that I will alienate potential readers of anything I eventually publish. Should I halt the political commentary on my blog? Should I do as some others suggest, and start a new, anonymous political blog which cannot be tracked to my writing blog? Or should I have a seperate political blog where those who want to know my politics can find out? Still, would that alienate readers?
Thank you again Miss Snark, for your wonderful blog, and for taking the time to read my email.
You can blog about damn near anything you want if you write about it well enough . Those imps over at Making Light have some pretty political statements. No one seems to be sending them off to Siberia. Not that Siberia doesn't sound fun right about August .... but that's another story.
Editors and publishers publish people all the time who have crazy political views. I mean c'mon...the Dalai Lama?? What kind of stuff is that Buddhism non violence? Clearly the man has NEVER ridden a New York subway or he'd have those saffron robes of his hiked up to shove his way on to the 1/9 train just like we all do.
Write well. Write with a fresh eye. You'll be fine.