Over the years, I've accrued a coterie of regular readers who like to leave comments. They come and go, of course, but those that do participate usually do so with some regularity, and have lots of interesting points to contribute to whatever topic I've invoked. Obviously, it's that very type of engagement that makes blogging -- and what an anachronistic term that sounds like -- fulfilling. That's why people do it, ultimately.
By the same token, of course, it isn't just a hallelujah chorus. I've had a number of folks chime in with dissenting opinions. Said opinions could also sometimes cross the Rubicon into needless provocation and hostility, prompting posts like this one and that one. In the interests of a balanced exchange of ideas, I frequently publish comments from perspectives that differ from my own, as what's the point of instigating a dialogue if you're not going to acknowledge the other side?
But, again, if you're just going to be an insulting troll, I'm not going to provide you the platform. If you want to discuss an issue and take up a contrary position, that's fine. But if it's just going to devolve into a nastier, abuse-laden iteration of the Monty Python's "Argument Sketch," no one will be well served and it'll be a waste of everyone's time.
With all this in mind, I recently revisited the comments my blogging-service provider saw fit to deposit in my Spam folder, and I was surprised to discover a comparatively vast volume of legitimate comments, i.e. ones pertaining very specifically to entries I'd posted from actual individuals. Sure, there's still a lot of crap in there, but I regret that some of these readers -- notably JAM and Lefty -- took the trouble to write in and I didn't see and publish their comments until now.
Sorry about that. Thanks for reading and commenting.