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no more comments

I'm taking a break from allowing comments here in my personal log.


For a long time I've been feeling like many of my readers haven't quite gotten the fact that this is a personal site. This space exists for me to talk about what's on my mind and in my life, however I feel like talking about it. That's the way a personal site works.

Community sites are different. In a community site, readers become writers and can say whatever they want, so long as it follows the rules of the site. {fray} is a community site. So is DfC, SF Stories, and Kvetch. In fact, all of my sites are designed to create user participation. That's what I love about the web.

Problem is, that doesn't leave any place that's just for me.

This is the one place I should be able to cut loose, as a writer, as a real person, and talk about whatever's on my mind. I can't do that if I'm constantly surrounded by a chorus of people telling me what words I should use, how I should think, or what I should do.

What are my choices? Post whatever I want, roll up my sleeves, and then defend myself whenever I'm attacked (or simply annoyed) in my own living room. Or self-censor and stay away from anything that might cause a stir. Or delete the comments that bug me. None of these things are very good solutions.

Or I could just turn comments off entirely. Take a break. Give myself my own site back.

So that's what I'm doing. No more comments here. If you're one of my regular readers with something to say, for now you'll have to just email me. Or, if you're looking for a community site, please visit one of the fine, collaborative Powazek Productions that exist for you.

This site, it exists for me.

Thanks for reading.

{ 10:56am }


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