We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails.~Eric Hoffer
I’m proud to have readers from all over the world, who have different cultures, spiritual beliefs and other preferences than my own.
If you’re curious, take a look at the people who comment on my posts…
You may be surprised at the diversity. Christians,Muslims, Atheists, Pagans and everything in between… Artists, writers, thinkers and those who just ask why… There are no restrictions and all are welcome.
I share my beliefs in a way that I hope is accessible to most…I’m not a dogmatic person, and what works for me won’t work for everyone.
You won’t hear any preaching or judgement going on around here…
I don’t know everything nor do I claim to. I’m just sharing my thoughts and ideas…I value everyone who is authentic, honest and open minded.
I try to create an oasis where everyone can find common ground, learn, share and grow.
That’s why I was surprised when I started getting comments that were less than the standard I try to promote here… There haven’t been many, but there have been more than a couple recently.
Everyone is welcome to disagree with me, I don’t mind. I’m not trying to convert you to my way of thinking or believing, and I won’t be converted to yours. But lately I’ve had some confrontational comments that come from a place of anger and/or just plain ignorance.
I moderate my comments on this blog… I deleted them and won’t allow them to post. A couple trouble makers can easily change the atmosphere of a blog with their “insightful” comments. I like what we’re all building here, me and the regular commenters.
There are plenty of places to post snarky jabs on the internet… So many, in fact that I feel my blog is noteworthy for the welcoming tone I promote… And I’ll keep it this way, even if it means censoring those who know they’re “right”.
I think I discovered the reason that these posts have started showing up. I have quite a few readers, of which I’m thankful for. I also worked hard to build this blog, and not once have I left a negative comment to stir up controversy to drive traffic here.
The people who left the comments I’m referring to have way fewer followers than I do. I believe they thought that posting negative comments would stir up some drama and maybe drive traffic to their own blogs… Sorry, this isn’t the platform for you to do this.
Here’s some advice though… You’ll gain more followers by being open minded and nice than by being a jerk. For those whose comments I’ve deleted, I won’t be reading your blogs… In fact, I’ve blocked you from my reader so I don’t accidentally “like” something you post. It’s unlikely I would anyway, based upon what I read when checking out who sent the comments… I just want to be sure though.
I don’t want to accidentally support someone who comes from a negative starting point… But send me a message if you decide to change your outlook. There’s always room for those with open minds and hearts at the monkey house…