Wednesday 3 September 2003


As I am a commenter rather than a blogger sometimes the comments come home to roost.

There is a new blog in the Salon Community where an individual has offered up her soul. The writing is so compelling that I questioned is this real or a trial ballon? Of course I jumped in with both feet in my mouth. I described her life as a train wreck needing to be filmed. This was harsh. I am not a judgemental person. When I wrote my comment I was being playfull, but no matter what my intention the post was hurtfull, at least perceived so.

This blog deserves to flourish I know it has taken some hard knocks. I need to remember that comments can encourage and discourage. You go girl was not my first impression, I tried to craft a witty remark. My bad it was not taken that way.

When you give advice take care for the intuitive response you have is only understood by you. Your reader may have a different opinion.

Perils of blogging 1o2.

Posted by Philip at Wednesday 3 September 2003 | TrackBack

Hello Philip, I somehow screwed up the earlier comment was for this post, and I inadvertently omitted my request keep writing about trouble shooting and repairing PC’s ~Regards SD ~<>~

Posted by: ScrewDriver at September 4, 2003 03:27 AM


Don't be too hard on yourself. It's part of the challenges that come with this medium that we readers and writers can't have a complete exchange of meaning. For instance, I can't see your face, read your reaction as you read this comment. I'm missing a lot of data and I have to learn to read contextually. There have been a number of comments left for me or that I've left which have been misinterpreted for this reason; the reader can't see me laughing (unless I punctuate with an emoticon).

There are a couple of folks in the Salon blogs who started a blog, felt pressured, dropped off and came back. The good ones, the driven ones, come back for more. The ones that drop off have their reasons. It's a little Darwinian, but that's the way it is. For bloggers who can't understand the nature of the blogging beast, the old adage applies: if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

Let it go and post, baby, post!

Posted by: Rayne at September 4, 2003 05:25 AM


I didn't actually see this until today, so I suppose my response is coming a little late, but whatever. I have the same basic problem when it comes to responding to my posts. What would be taken in conversation as my witty repartee is taken as my bitchy and hurt response. I'm just going to step up and say, all right, yeah, my bad. Mark this well, Phil, since it's a rare occasion, but this one has been my fault.

Oh, and for the record? I think the hard knocks are some of the funniest ones. My life is on display, and I fully expect the judgements that have already been passed, and the ones that are to come. I give as good as I get, as you know.

And thank you for calling my writing compelling.

Posted by: gwen at September 13, 2003 06:20 PM


Thanks Gwen. You have nothing to apologize for. Now we both know where you are coming from even if it is hard to remember how we got there.

Posted by: Philip at September 15, 2003 09:07 PM