I started this blog when dog blogging was in its heyday.
From about 2005 to roughly 2012, there was a raucous online community talking about dogs. There was a huge audience for people who were critical of the modern dog fancy, and I capitalized on this desire for an audience.
I think to a certain extent I was naive. I had no idea what sort of people write about these issues, and because you’re almost always doing this in concert with people you’ve never met, you don’t know who is actually a snake in the grass.
These issues were never vetted in the community as a whole, because the main issue was that modern dog fancy was the problem.
When it turned out that the dog fancy had no good answer for the questions raised, it began to lose the argument online. In North America, arguing about whether the main registries are the best institutions to protect dogs is really a moot point. The vast majority of dogs in the US and Canada are not registered, and thus, there is room to exist outside of the AKC and CKC.
In parts of Europe, I’d say that’s not really the case, but I’m not a European. And the main registries in Europe are actually responding to some the issues that have been raised with the online community and a certain British documentary.
But because this movement has been successful, that’s when the issues of not fully vetting differences came to the fore.
People started fighting over training methods. Then dog food.
Then about how to classify dogs and how dogs were domesticated.
I fought some of those battles myself.
I’ve lost friends and made enemies, and I’ve come to realize something about human psychology.
When you created a community whose main energizing feature is being opposed to something, it can only exist once there is something to oppose.
So with the modern dog fancy pretty much relegated to its corner, we had to find fault with each other and fight and fight and fight.
I’ve seen this exact same thing happen with the atheist community. It’s certainly true that atheists aren’t the majority of the world’s population, but it is true that atheists are more respected in Western countries than they were 10 years ago.
Online, most atheist debates were about debunking creationist twaddle, and when the creationists fell apart in terms of their online presence, the atheists began fighting each other over feminism, libertarianism, and whether Islam is an especially evil religion.
When opposition to something is the animating issue of your community, be prepared for constant conflict once that something begins to falter.
People have a very hard time turning off that venomous aggression drive.
And that, folks, is what killed dog blogging.
There are a few good blogs out there that I subscribe to, but I’ve purged all my links.
I just would rather not write for such a contentious community.
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