We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Finally, an email from a young reader who gets it:
Hey Bird Dog,
I can't tell whether this is some East Coast liberal intellectual blog or a Christian conservative blog, or what it is.
What is your identity? What and who are you guys or gals? You seem so random.
Why can't you be a straight-forward one-dimensional brand, so you can be comprehended and get better traffic? You are too complex and diverse, probably, for the average hot-headed blog-reader. But I always do check in to see what you're doing.
Susie(at Antioch College)
We are flattered to have undergrad readers like you. Glad you found us. Actually, our traffic is OK with plenty of international, which we like. We are just ordinary Yankee folk who like to write - and writing makes us think a little, because when you begin a sentence, you have to finish it. World affairs and politics are just one facet of life - it's good to be engaged, but it's not important in the end. Life is a big thing, and we are into it. L'chaim. Worrying about identity is for the young and the neurotic, and worrying about marketing is for salespeople. I don't think we will ever be uni-dimensional or easy to categorize. Listen to Maggie's Farm. We'll just be ourselves, and if you don't like it, you can leave us alone.
Good luck with your finals, and thanks for writing. And don't forget to take Geology before you graduate, or you won't know nuthin.