With the election still being discussed, I've come across a couple of author blogs that had extremely political entries. Not just "I'm sorry Bush won," but statements suggesting that everyone who voted for Bush is an idiot, or selfish, or doesn't care what happens to the country. I'm sure if Kerry had won I'd be seeing similar rants in other blogs. But considering the country is almost evenly split down the middle, it seems to me this is a guaranteed way to tick off about fifty percent of the visitors to your blog.
So-- why do you blog? Is it just a place to let off steam? Or is it a way of reaching your readers and hopefully gaining new ones? If it's the latter, is it a good idea to rant angrily about politics/religion/other divisive issues, to the point of possibly insulting your readers? In other words, is blogging a promotional tool, or is it just for fun?
Since I regard my blog as a promotional tool (although I'm not sure anyone actually visits it *g*), I keep my personal political and religious views out of it as much as possible. But that's just my take on it. I'm curious as to what the rest of you think on this subject.