Blogging is an interesting medium. It offers instant feedback on your posts and there is little room for error if you are writing a factual blog rather than a personal blog. I think this is great because you get to talk to people who are interested in your subject matter.
Recently, I was asked to write an article on the nature of tipping in restaurants for a public forum called Helium.com. I was not the only one who wrote an article. Generally, the consensus was that it is never a good thing to leave a restaurant without leaving a tip for your server. It is the amount of the tip that depends on the type and quality of service. My article was only one of 86 that expressed the same viewpoint, just in different ways.
I posted the article on my blog Traveling On My Stomach as well. Yesterday, someone left a comment to the post that I ended up deleting. It is not that I think I should have the only say. I am absolutely thrilled to have an open, adult talk about any subject you could name. What I didn’t care for was that the person leaving the comment left one 5 times longer than the original post, which was pretty long to start with. They ranted and raved on and on about how wrong I was. Every other sentence was in caps and has exclamation points galore. Essentially the commentor was screaming at me. I have no interest in this since it is not commenting but preaching and yelling.
I deleted the comment and left one of my own that stated that such tirades were not welcome and that they needed to start their own blog. Although I would be interested in hearing intelligent debate on the subject, I am not interested in someone who doesn’t listen to the other side of the argument, regardless of the subject. Sadly, this has resulted in the necessity to moderate my the comments on ALL my blogs. I sincerely wish I didn’t have to do that, but I won’t provide a soapbox for someone else. They can start a blog for that.
In the meantime, if anyone else is interested in commenting in a calm manner, I am happy to talk. This is especially important because I’m a travel writer and everything about vacations and traveling is subjective. So please, say hi, if nothing else.