There are some things, even on the Internet, that you just sort of feel will last forever. 2 Blowhards was one of those things but they have announced that they are shutting down.
I used to read 2 Blowhards almost every day but in the last few years I’ve haven’t read it very much and now that they’re quitting I want to finally tell the reason why. Once in a while, amidst all the varied cultural topics, one of the Blowhards would post some commentary about pornography, as if it were a legitimate art form. At first I tried to be open minded about it. It would be easy enough to skip over those posts. But it bothered me enough that after a while I quietly removed 2 Blowhards from my links page. After that I still checked in on them once in a while, but less and less as time went by.
In spite of that one little issue I still, as always, thought of 2 Blowhards as an elite blog, contrary to the way they seem to see themselves. They have always been absolutely courteous and demanded that commenters be on their best behavior too, which I appreciate, but whenever I commented there I always felt like a country hick crashing a white tie affair. Though they were nicer about it than most, the Blowhards have much the same mindset concerning flyover country as most people in the big coastal area cities. I’m not criticizing, not really. It’s just the way things are.
But anyway… I don’t want this to come across as being entirely negative. I always did like 2 Blowhards and I’m sorry now, that I got out of the habit of reading them. Donald Pittenger, my favorite “Blowhard” in the later years, has a blog, Art Contrarian. I will definitely read it. At least for a while. You know how it is. So many blogs. You can’t keep up with all of them.