Back in April of 2007 I took a beating from quite a few people for having the temerity to question how comprehensively the Capitol Hill Seattle blog covered all of Capitol Hill.
I found it odd that a blog who nominally purported to cover the gayest neighborhood in the 2nd gayest city in these United States never had much to say about gays and lesbians and I said so.
j/k were using the moniker “Capitol Hill Seattle” for a blog where they were interested in covering only the “Fancy Pants” part of Capitol Hill. When CHS responded to my post on their blog the comments thread revealed that I wasn’t the only person who found the mismatch between their name and the scope of their coverage problematic.
Other people took me to task for “attacking” CHS and for the scope of my own blog being too expansive and claiming to speak for all gay curmudgeons. Really? You didn’t think having "The” in “The Gay Curmudgeon” was clear enough?
In the discussion that followed I proposed that they either more clearly define the sub-neighborhood they cover and re-scope their blog name or expand their scope to the entire Capitol Hill area and invite other posters to help provide more complete coverage of Capitol Hill. To bring the discussion to a close I said:
I’m satisfied with having raised the issue and, although I’m disappointed that there wasn’t much in the way of mature and reasoned debate, I think the jury is still out on the issue.
Fast forward to 2008 and it seems the jury has finally come in with a verdict.
What a great idea. I really wish I’d thought of… Oh, wait. I did.
We can stop debating what’s mine and what’s yours and focus instead on what is ours. Now that sounds like a real community to me.