Sometimes I'll write something on this blog or another that some reader finds offensive. I don't think the things I write are that terribly offensive, so it's probably a matter of the reader having a bit of a chip on their shoulder.
I certainly don't expect everyone to agree with everything I say. I always appreciate a respectful argument without any namecalling.
Here's what bugs me though: when the person writes something like, "I find your post incredibly offensive and I'm never going to read your blog again."
If I were running a restaurant and trying to make ends meet, threatening to never buy my food again would totally suck. But I don't make money per reader. I don't need more readers to attract advertisers. So why exactly would I want someone who hates my writing to be reading my blog? I'd prefer they didn't. I feel like my response to that threat should be, "Thank you."
Of course, the implication of writing such a thing is that I will now lose all my readers. Because people who constantly say offensive things never attract an audience or their own radio talk show.
Actually, the truth is, when I write something "offensive," it's basically a guarantee of a big jump in my hits and lots of new followers. But I don't do it that much because I don't feel like that's the purpose of this blog.
Anyway, here's an idea: if you ever decide not to read this blog anymore just stop reading. No need to inform me of your decision in a dramatic fashion.