Nearly all of the blogs that I read are significantly farther to the left than I am or significantly farther to the right than I am. That’s one of the hazards of being a centrist but it does give me a different point of view. One of the things that I notice in my peregrinations is that the subjects that left-leaning blogs write about and those that right-leaning blogs write about have diverged almost completely. Not only is there no debate. There isn’t dialogue. They’re not even living in the same universes.
In some areas they’re symmetrical. Favorite topics in the Left Blogosphere are how awful Boehner/Republicans/the Right/Tea Party are just as favorite topics in the Right Blogosphere are how awful Obama/Democrats/the Left are. I tend to tune out when I read the words “the Left” or “the Right” and completely lose interest when I read the claims that Obama is a crypto-Muslim or a Marxist or that this or that Republican is a racist or a Nazi. You can make a case for just about anything based on selective reading, guilt by association, or being one of the select who are able to read the secret, hidden meanings in things.
In other areas they’re just on different planets. Left-leaning blogs are almost completely disinterested in foreign policy, something encountered pretty frequently, often with points-of-view with which I disagree, on right-leaning blogs. I rejoice when I find a thoughtful, well-written left-leaning blog with interesting observations about foreign policy. They’re pretty rare. You might note that I’ve added a link to my old friend Steve Hynd’s blog, Not the Singularity. He’s one of the few. Right-leaning blogs are almost completely disinterested in LGBT policy or women’s issues, something encountered pretty frequently on left-leaning blogs.
On the business and economics side left-leaning blogs tend to be more interested in income inequality and labor unions while right-leaning blogs are more interested in growth, usually with an eye to restraining or decreasing the reach of government.
You really get whiplash trying to read blogs from both the Left and Right blogospheres.