Lots of things have got me thinking of late. Particularly the power of the internet community, and how some can become so hateful towards others on it. And yet others when they are only expressing a valid (albeit opposing) opinion can be judged equally as harshly as those that are intent on doing harm.
In no way was this more shown more clearly than on Emily's blog: Under 1000 Per Month . To be frank, I wouldn't even usually link to this kind of blog because I find it, well, very extreme, and there are parts on it that I cannot and will not condone (consider this your warning). However in the past couple of days there was a lot of judgement flying around: it was on for young and old. This was due to comment moderation being removed. It certainly created a war like environment in there. Comment moderation is back up, and it seems to have settled down, albeit through what amounts to censorship.
Personally, comment moderation isn't something I would like to do on my blog. For one thing I don't get enough comments to warrant it, and for another I would rather have an open policy from the start. Don't get me wrong, if I had the volume Emily does it would certainly be something I would have to consider. But really? I can't see that happening. For one thing I don't publicise my blog the way she does: and probably never will. I am not trying to make money from it, nor set world records in the number of comments I receive or return. At the moment I receive anything from 30 to 80 hits a day, and that is ok with me.In saying that, my blog readership is growing, but I am not seeking it: it is coming to me.
I sort of fell into blogging: it still astounds me that people I don't know read it: and actually want to read it. It absolutely blows my mind when I come across people referencing and recommending my blog, or writing to me personally to let me know how much they enjoy it. So thank you if you have done any of those things: it makes me smile.
As a blog author I have a responsibility to my readers: to listen, to respond to questions etc. I wrote to Emily:
To be frank Emily, criticism/trolls/varying views/questions are part of what a blog is. And as part of your role as a bloggy author is to accept valid criticism, answer valid questions, etc etc regardless of how hard it may be to do so. I don't think some of what went on in the past couple of days was valid, so I can see your concern, and think you have valid reasons to put up moderation.
As for me? On my own site, it is a non issue, and in fact I would consider it a form of censorship, at least in this zone. As for the future, I would take it as it comes.