MUSCATINE, Iowa — It had to happen eventually. After all, this is a blog on the Internet.
At 1:21 a.m. today, someone created what appears to be an email address that he or she most likely used just to register a screen name on this blog in order to comment. I even agreed with most of what was said in the comment, but that is beside the point.
At this point, this blog is not a commercial endeavor. It’s just something to do while I figure out what to really do with the rest of my life. It’s also a way to still interact with some of the very nice people who have said they liked what I used to write for that unnamed newspaper. Some of them have been telling their friends and I may have even picked up a few new readers in the past week. All of that is great and I am grateful.
But I’d like to point out that my mom is one of the people reading this. At least I think she is. And with that in mind, I’d like to keep the conversation friendly — even when we disagree. A good rule of thumb is to not say anything you wouldn’t want my mom — or yours — to hear.
Since it’s harder to argue with people we know and like, I am going to steer clear of anything that even has a whiff of troll-like Internet behavior. I ask that you use a real name — at least a real first name — when you make comments.
And at an absolute minimum, you need to use something that looks like a real email address when you register. What does that look like? I’m going to approach it the way the U.S. Supreme Court has approached pornography: I’ll know it when I see it. And email@example.com won’t cut it.
So far, 50-some people have subscribed to this blog. That means they get an email update whenever something is posted. More people are following it on Twitter and Facebook. And I’m pretty confident that most of them will be on board with my sentiments about this.
WordPress is set up so that the first time someone posts a comment, it goes into a queue until I approve it. Once it has been approved, your comments will be automatically posted. Those who won’t comply with my request about this just won’t have their initial comment approved.
If you are unhappy about this, all I can says is: Go somewhere else. It’s not as if I am making money by your being here. Start your own blog. It’s not hard to do. After all, even I figured it out and so can you. I wish you well.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @csteinbach.