We always like to know the unwritten ground rules when we front up in a new place don’t we! Well I though I would help out the readers of this blog by spelling out my comment policy in a bit more obvious fashion than I have to date, and hopefully encourage my less vocal readers in the process.
Maybe you’ve stumbled across this site via a Google search or a link from another blog. Maybe you’ve been a lurker (blogese for a reader who doesn’t comment) for some time. I gather you make up 90% of my audience if traffic / comment ratios and real life conversations are anything to go by, so you are not alone. I know that some of you are hesitant simply because you’re unfamiliar with blogging, others are nervous about self disclosure and others are hesitant for other reasons.
Well, I want to encourage you to be more outspoken, even when you disagree with me, even when you’re not sure you’re qualified to comment. That’s ok. I’m not qualified either. That’s what Journeys In Between is all about, exploring these messy space beyond our normal comfort zones, where the old certainties are much less certain.
My basic rule is, as long as it’s civil, it’s allowable. I want to create a safe space for the discussion of new ideas and that means at times respectful disagreement will be part of the conversation. You don’t have to agree with me. I don’t have to agree with you. But the key word here is respect. That’s where the magic happens. I allow a certain amount of sarcasm, provided the sarcastic ones are prepared to take as good as they give, but hostility to others is not tolerated. I believe people of all religions are to be treated with respect, no matter how weird their beliefs may seem to you. For my Christian readers, who seem to be the majority, I merely ask you consider how weird resurrection could seem to others whom you find weird.
I prefer people to be open about their identity, it makes for better conversation, but for those who are really nervous about self disclosure, you are free to use pseudonyms when you leave a comment and submitting your URL is optional. You don’t have to come out of the closet if you don’t feel comfortable. The only thing I won’t tolerate is witch finder generals using masks to make hit and run accusations. That’s against the spirit of things here.
So maybe you might take this as an opportunity to introduce yourself, to tell me your story or your interests. What drew you to a weird blog like this? I like to hear. Your comments help me to gauge whether what I am trying to say is actually of any help. It helps me become a better writer. Enter the journey with me.