Shelley Powers says:
I am taking great care in my writing to make sure there is no flint to spark against, no flames to fan—unless the flint is of imagination, and the resulting fire is the same flame I hoped to spark when I created my first weblog page, back in 1995. No battles will be fought, no dragons to be slain—all I see now are windmills.
What’s the point of writing if you don’t inspire some to anger from time to time? If you’ve made someone angry, you’ve at least made them think. [Yes, often those who read something and angrily respond often haven’t truly read the piece and are reading in their own inferences and biases, but hey, that’s people.]
If you’re effectively arguing something, you’re going to piss someone off. To make an omelette, you have to break some eggs—and a published argument is a written omelette.