As much as I utilize this blog as a means of sharpening my arguable writing skills, showcasing my interests or venting my spleen, it’s ultimately meant to start conversations. These are topics I care about and feel compelled to expound upon. I post about them to share my perspectives and experiences in the hopes that like-minds or similarly interested parties will benefit and join the conversation. It’s meant to initiate an exchange of ideas.
Too often, I get excited about something, do a bunch of research, write something up and publish it here, only to have it die on the vine, so to speak — uncommented upon. Now, this may be due to any number of factors — low traffic (never surprising, given my incomprehensible URL being entirely at odds with the blog’s stupid name), my unwieldily wordy prose and highfalutin pretty talk, my frequent disregard for proper copy-editing or simply that the subject matter fails to engage with anyone other than myself. It’s a bummer, but it happens.
Then, of course, there are posts that, for whatever reason, invite a bit of scorn. If you’ve ever tried to leave a comment here, you’ll know that they don’t just magically appear when you hit the “post” button. After a few instances, several years back, wherein someone was leaving a string of potty-mouthed invective in the comments section, I reluctantly decided to alter the functionality so that I’d have to vet the feedback before it went live on the blog. I say reluctantly as I wish it hadn’t had to come to that, but my hand was forced.
That said, when readers post things that I don’t necessarily agree with, or take me to task for being an idiot about this or that, I still usually go ahead and approve and post their remarks. I could rattle off the names of a few regular commenters who routinely rake me over the coals for any number of grievances. Like I said, it’s meant to be a conversation, and I strive to make the exchange frank and transparent. I may not agree with your opinions, but I don’t begrudge your right to express them, even if they fly in the face of my own.
By the same token, though, it’s still my blog. All are welcome to join the discussion, but if you’re just doing it to wind me up, take the piss, act like a troll or just generally be a dick, I’m under no obligation to acknowledge your comment.
I’m not saying you have to strictly adhere to Thumper’s rule, but if you’re not here to engage in a meaningful — and preferably respectful — discourse, I’m not going to be interested in reading what you have to say, let alone letting you use my blog as a platform to say it.