Damn! Never leave things too late.
I wrote a really intelligent response to a post on one of the WordPress blogs, which was incredibly complimentary, saying how I thought their ability to choose the most boring blogs possible to highlight, was seriously clever.
It hung in moderation for ever and a day, and now comments are closed, and it has disappeared. Sad Cloudyroughseas who wasn’t smart enough to copy her comment across before they deleted her.
Anyway, if you are having problems going to sleep – here you go:
Recommended if you want to know how to write the most boring and long-winded blog ever.
WordPress is just as censorious as me.
And speaking of which, while I’m pretty flexible, I thought I would explain the recent deletion of comments on here.
Normally when someone writes something I disagree with I leave it up there. My golden PR rule is: Don’t reply to something that doesn’t merit a response.
But when it is rude and insulting, adds no value, then, on rare occasions, I will delete.
You probably don’t want my opinion but here it is – This is really nasty, intolerant and gender aggressive, in fact everything that I have come to expect of you by following your blog! Who cares? Life is for living not worrying about! Call me a gal – I wouldn’t mind!
got deleted. As did the subsequent comments. Nothing to do with the post and just a personal attack.
What about this one:
Call me what ever you like, I really don’t care that much.
I apologise that my comment was not what you like – a lot of people telling you how wonderful you are and how they agree with everything you say! That’s what you like isn’t it?
I am inclined to agree with the things you say but, crucially, not entirely, but that is irrelevant to you isn’t it – everything in your mind is black and white – you are grossly intolerant and interested only in your own perspective and narrow minded view of the World and quite frankly you are welcome to it!
Get a Life…
And let’s cut to the chase, when I deleted all our comments in that asinine exchange:
Ah, Censorship! Often used by those who cannot deal intelligently with a challenge.
Some time ago on blogger I got some pretty abusive comments on a couple of feminist posts. I deleted those too:
Here’s some real manly (also, scientific) wisdom for you: The majority of “radical feminists” who blame their problems on men simply suffer from an extreme victim complex (The majority of humans suffer this as well, however typically to a much lesser extent). The only problem in your life is that you aren’t happy about it. Of course, you automatically assume that if you don’t feel right, then something (other than yourself, obviously) must have wronged you. So, you blame men. And yet, you do nothing about it. Obviously, you are being oppressed! As well as victimized! Your entire life must be spend in recovery! It’s up to *someone else* to fix everything. Also, the fact that you blame an entire group of people (rather than a specific person or persons) implies that you have never experienced anything “oppressive”, “abusive”, or “hateful” by any man, or your instinctive thought patterns would instantly blame them. Since you have noone to blame, you blame people you have never even met.
I wrote about Telefonica (Spanish telephone network) and the same commenter came back and said my criticism about Telefonica was totally down to my feminist perspective. Um? I was writing about a poor and basically misleading public service.
OMG IM SO SORRY, THOSE PATRIARCHAL PHONE COMPANIES ARE PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY ABUSING YOU!!!!! WRITE MORE BLOGS ABOUT THEM, THAT’LL PUT AN END TO THEIR WOMAN-HATING POLICIES!
A discussion on a blog post is fine, but a personal attack is not. It adds no value to a serious post and leaves everyone waiting and watching on the sidelines to see how the spat develops.
I read on another blog (Gerry’s) a similar discussion about what to do with abusive comments. Most people said they deleted them. Only one said they would leave them up to show someone up for what they were. Censorship and editorial control have always been there and anyone who thinks otherwise is naive. You send a letter to your local newspaper and they reserve the right to edit, ignore and basically do what they want with your letter. Same rules apply on here. Actually I don’t edit comments, apart from spelling amendments by request. But it’s an interesting concept. Leave up irrelevant abuse or delete it?
And on different blogging policies, how about guest blogging?
I’ve offered/been asked to do a few. Being asked to guest on a blog with fewer comments than mine does raise a few questions. Basically why am I writing on someone else’s blog for no gain? What am I getting out of it? Cloudyroughseas is not that nice.
But still, if it’s a blog I like, then I’m interested. Some time back, Pippa (my dog) did an interview on a dogblog. And what did he get out of it? Jack shit absolutamente nada in terms of new visitors or comments. No engagement. No nothing.
My sticking points with guest blogging are people telling me how to write. Prescriptive rules. Word limit. Style. Spelling and grammar checks. Er, wait people, I’m a qualified journalist and YOU want to check MY writing? And that includes a guest blog post that I turned down for the Daily Post.
Recently I was asked to guest blog by someone who does get a lot of commenters and has a good blog. She helpfully pointed me towards her rules for guest blogging. I’d already read them. I’m not always entirely stupid.
I took the discussion to email. She would only check for grammar and spelling – aaaaagh! – and copyright was hers. For my work? For free? I don’t think so.
Apparently, if two people post the same crap on their blogs it sends both blogs down in the SEO rankings (Search Engine Optimisation, not Senior Executive Officer for those of us rooted in ancient British civil service days).
I don’t blog to get high in SEO rankings. I really do not care two hoots where I am. I blog because I enjoy writing and because I enjoy the intelligent comments I receive from people in response to my posts. But what I write is mine. No-one else gets that copyright and certainly not for free. Stuff SEO.
I might add that we are still – as far as I know – on amicable terms. We just come from different sides of the blog.
The exchange did prompt me to write a guest blog policy on roughseas. Where I say that what you write is yours, and your views are not mine. Or something like that. If someone spends time writing for my blog, I’m not prepared to put restrictions on them. Not that anyone will offer to write my blog posts for me in a hurry I’m sure.