I have been spending the last few days trying to sort out my feelings after this election. And my feelings about what I want to do going forward.
There have been a lot of positives to take away from this experience. By saying that, I mean that starting up this blog has allowed me to connect with a lot of different Canadians. Over just a few weeks, I’ve gained 98 followers. You have been amazing - thank you for reblogging my posts, for commenting, and for giving me suggestions for other posts.
I’ve really enjoyed making this blog. It felt good to do something to try and engage with other people and report on things that I have found troubling.
But before I get too self-congratulatory, I have to admit - I’m now questioning the approach that I took. When I look back, the posts that I’m most proud of are the text-based posts, where I really tried to calmly and logically pose arguments (Dear Canada), ideas (The C-Word), and opinions (To the bully, the spoils).
The political dialogue in this country has taken a troubling turn - and this is true of all sides of the political spectrum. Members of all parties have taken an “if you’re not with me, you’re against me” attitude. An attitude that promotes fear and divisiveness.
And I am just as guilty of it.
When I first started this project, I saw an opportunity to use the “Conservatives Say Yes” theme from Stephen Harper’s March 27 speech to point the finger back at him and his government.
But this week, I’ve asked myself: What is the difference between Conservatives Say Yes and Mr. Harper’s attack ad theme Just Visiting? Or Not a Leader?
If a political leader had put out this blog, I would be upset with them.
I looked at Stephen Harper, and I saw a bully. I still do. But when I started this blog, I took an approach that was just as bully-ish. I tried to fight fire with fire.
But now, I realize that that’s silly. Think about that phrase for a moment. You shouldn’t fight fire with fire. If you fight fire with fire, everything burns.
From now on, I want to be sensible, and fight fire with water. The answer to the troubling dialogue that’s going on now is to start a new dialogue - one that renders fear-mongering and bullying irrelevant.
In the near future, I’m going to start a new blog, where I will do my best to be informative, but not inflammatory. Concerned, but not closed-minded. Critical, but not cynical.
This post marks the end of this blog. When I start my new project, I will reblog it here, so that you can find it and follow me if you like.
In the meantime, I sincerely thank you all for reading, following, reblogging, commenting, and interacting. Not having been on tumblr before, it was wonderful to read my dashboard and see all the different ideas and thoughts, some political, some not, that you have all put out there.
This has been a really positive experience for me, and I’m excited to move forward with the kind of dialogue that I would want to see from members of all sides of the table.