I just wanted to take a moment here to clarify some things about Dude Craft so we have a mutual understanding of what the blog is, as there seems to be some confusion.
Lately, I have been taking a little heat for being "conservative" in terms of the things that I post here on the blog. Which I think is kind of funny, but hey, everyone is entitled to an opinion. Here are some reasons that you may not see the edgiest stuff on the web being featured here...
1. Some of my readers are five years old.
2. Families read this blog together. They are able to connect over a cool project or a striking art piece. I think that would change if I began swearing profusely and posting more sexually charged content.
3. Teachers can safely refer their students to the blog without fear of repercussions from parents or the school system. This is a big one. I used to teach High School and there were tons of blogs I couldn't send my kids to just because of the language. Silly, right? But it's true. People get angry about that stuff. Besides, I feel I'm perfectly capable of expressing myself without swearing, so I don't really feel like I'm censoring myself here anyway.
4. This blog is not for purists. If you believe strongly that all art should be given equal weight and certain art should not get short shrift because it contains sexual situations and coarse language, you will be disappointed here. On the other hand, if you expect this blog to be a dull blade decorated with ponies and rainbows because I feel some moral obligation to do so, you will also, I fear, come away empty. Dude Craft is simply a representation of what I think is cool, funny, or worthwhile. Nothing more, nothing less.
I look at this blog like a dinner party. My guests come from all walks of life and many different belief systems, and each and every one is important to me. I try to make them comfortable. I offer them food and conversation, and I try to honor them by not getting drunk and dancing on the dinner table, while wearing only a hat, singing Lady Marmalade, off key (even if that's what I feel like doing).
I understand that you can't please all the people all the time and those that seek to are walking the razor's edge of mediocrity, but I would, in a totally non-cumbaya way, like this blog to feel inclusive, and that can't be bad, right? I'm not scared of offending people, I just don't want to. That's the bottom line.
Let me know your thoughts on this.