Blogging = Words – Backbone?

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Now this is freakin’ funny. A blogger gets all bent out of shape when people actually make comments that challenge his thoughts. He reserves the power to “delete” them – and of course, because they’re deleted, we never know what the comments were that he disagreed with – in other words, it falls under the “I will only let people say on my blog things I agree with. If not, too bad.”

A while back, said blogger decided to go on a little name calling tear of me. When he did that, I responded in kind. In fact, I responded with really good words – (text file) to which said blogger deleted off his comments section. This started a whole “policy” on his site, claiming that we (the readers) were “guests in his home,” and to “treat him” as guests would treat him.

Oh, please.

This is the real world. You’re supposedly a blogger. Which means that if you can put out, you’d damn well better be able to take. If you can’t, then you need to go back into your house and play with your own toys, alone. Go hide behind mommy, but don’t venture out into the real world, only to moderate your comments and then call it “fair” because it’s “your house.” You want to be treated like a blogger? Grow a backbone.

I don’t edit, moderate, or delete my comments. I trust my readers, and trust myself to know that if I get some criticisms online, I can learn from them. Not delete them and run home crying about it.

What was that line from Star Trek that Q said to Picard? “If you can’t take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It’s not safe out here. It’s wonderous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross… but it’s not for the timid.” – Q

Want people to start acting like guests in your house, Mr. Blogger? Start by making people want to actually visit.

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