Resuming my end-of-the-month pontifications on writing & blogging. I appear to have left off back in June of last year [Y’All Connect]. I stopped due to some compelling theory that escapes me at this time. I am starting back up as part of my effort to improve the blog, i.e. “the same, but better” [Hello 2016!]. List of previous SotB.
I use a comment policy that I have suffered under in writing classes. The current
victim student brings in copies of a work in progress. Work is read aloud. Student sits down & shuts up. Class dissects, praises, attacks the work for a set number of minutes. Student is not allowed to speak while this is happening. At the end, the student is given a handful of minutes to defend, explain, rebut.
So that is what I do. I post. Having said my piece, I sit back. I allow you, the reader, time to comment, condemn, extol. Even if there is a question, I do not leap in with an answer. Perhaps another reader has a better, different, alternate answer to the one I would give. This happened as recently as last Thursday [SitRep]. I was tempted to respond after Amy posted. Instead, I waited. Anonymous rallied with a valiant defense of me & Milton. 🙂
Of course, should the comment thread be subject to displays of poor sportsmanship, I would wade in with my troll basher. Fortunately, that has yet to be an issue. Y’all have been universally entertaining, informative, & delightful.
Once the dust has settled, usually the next day, I return to sum up. This hasn’t always been my policy. I’ve wrestled with different methods. However, for the last few months, I have been making an effort be sure that I comment at the end of each post.
On an administrative note, the comments close automatically after 30 days. I would prefer to leave them open in perpetuity. However, closing the comments has dramatically cut down on spam. OTOH, the improvement might be due to an unrelated anti-spam measure by WordPress. The world may never know.
If you blog, what works for you? As a blog reader, what do you like?
Gratuitous Cat: Reason