I’ll confess to have found blogging a bit frustrating recently. Actually, that’s something of an understatement — call me over-sensitive, but I’ve found it hard not to take some of what has been said personally. “Sticks and stones” isn’t true. Alongside that, I believe in free and open conversation. I also believe in good manners. When you’re a guest in someone else’s house, you’re agreeing to live by their rules for at least as long as you’re there. And that’s how I think of my blog: it’s my house. It’s a house with an open front door and a kettle that’s always on, but I think of it as an essentially private space to which all are invited rather than a public space from which troublemakers might be excluded. Not sure if that makes sense to you, but I know what I mean. I have a feeling that it’s the lack of clarity between public and private that lies behind some of the recent frustrations.
Last night I felt obliged to hold back some comments in the moderation queue. I promised to sleep on them. I did, and I think I have found a way.
From now on, there will regularly be an “Open Mike” thread, and this is the first. Commenters can raise anything they like there, so there will always be a place to get something off your chest. Comments I find interesting or helpful might be promoted to a ‘guest post’, so if you’ve ever felt like writing such a thing here, consider this an invitation. Normal moderation rules apply of course, but there’ll be nothing stronger than normal. And promotion to ‘guest post’ won’t depend upon my agreeing with the views being espoused. It’s an experiment. Let’s see how it goes.
There have been points raised in another, now closed, thread which I hope to be able to respond to here later. But in the meantime, the floor is yours if you want it.