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Needing Some Comment Advice After My Advice On Comments

Are you confused? Well, now you know how I feel.

Seriously. I’m a nice kid. I try always to play nicely. I try to be fair. I try to be kind, even when I disagree with you. But there are some comments on my blog that I just don’t get and I’m not sure how to handle.

WordPress has a nifty little feature where if you haven’t commented on my blog before I get to approve of your first comment. You don’t know how many times I struggle with “approving” someone or not. First of all, as judgemental as I try not to be (Quit rolling your eyes – I said I try not to be. I didn’t say I never judge.), approving someone’s comment feels….well…..judgemental.

What to do? What to do?

For example:

a) There are the comments that obviously, obviously, so very, very, obviously come from someone who barely skimmed my post. They read the title, assumed what it was about and left  a vague, not even helpful comment. You know what they say about ass-u-me?

OR

b) There are the comments by people who obviously read what I wrote but write such a flaming, almost nasty retort I’m afraid they might hunt me down and kill me in my sleep if I don’t press “approve.”

OR

c) There are the comments that feel like spam, read like spam, walk and talk like spam. But when I visit the blog they came from? Not spam. Real live blogs, written by real live people that…well, write like spam.

So, I’m curious. How do you handle questionable comments?

(Oops. There I go again. Asking questions that (hopefully? fingers crossed?) invite lots and lots of comments.

Shameful.

That’s what I am.

And proud of it!)

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More Sage Advice From Jane or New Year’s Advice Sure To Come In Handy!

Happy New Year, y’all!

See you next year!*

*I’m sorry. I just love saying that. I know it’s all 4th grade but that’s where my humor gene is stuck, I guess!

 

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You Are Cordially Invited To Give A Commencement Address. Any Commencement Address.

 My niece graduated from high school this past weekend. The commencement speaker was a favorite English teacher at the school. His speech was entertaining. Succinct. Poignant. It reminded me a bit of the original “Sunscreen Speech” by Mary Schmich.

I was first made aware of the Sunscreen Speech by the song “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrman. And like many, I believed that the song was based on a speech that Kurt Vonnegut gave at MIT.

He didn’t. And it wasn’t.

In fact, the song isn’t based on a commencement speech at all. It was modeled after a column that Mary Schmich, of the Chicago Tribune, wrote. Her column that day was the speech she would give if she were ever asked to give one.

And that gave me an idea.

OK. Not really.

 If you read her original column she asks everyone, over the age of 26, to write the commencement speech they would give if ever asked.

So I am.

On Friday.

MY idea begins with asking my readers to participate, too. We’ll all link back here and read each other’s commencement addresses.

Deal?

(Now I just need to figure out how to have everyone link here in an organized fashion. If any WordPress gurus have suggestions, I’m all ears! Thanks!)

A recap: Write the commencement speech YOU would give to the class of 2010 if you were asked. Use it as your post on Friday, June 18th, 2010 and link back here. Here is the original column by Mary Schmich and below is the song that was inspired by it to help with your inspiration. Have fun! Can’t wait ’till Friday to read your thoughts. Hmmmmm, I’m thinking I may have to come up with a prize, too. (See? I’m flying by the seat of my pants here. Give me a break. I just had one HECK of a weekend!)

 

(Weekend Update: As stressful as it could have been, it really wasn’t that bad. Thanks to all of you for your support, kind words, prayers and positive thoughts. I am currently feeling very silly looking back on the amount of stress I allowed myself to experience. I learned that I have the tools to handle the crazies. I was kind. Patient. Myself. And thank goodness, it was relatively drama free. Still, it is sooooo good to be home!)

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Just Your Two Cents, Please!

Saturday marked my 6 Month Anniversary in Blog World! Happy Blogaversary to me! I took a peek at my very first real blog post (as opposed to my first fake post found here) and I realized how much I’ve grown in just a short 1/2 year.

My writing has improved. I’m more aware of how a post looks best, disregarding many rules from my middle school English teachers. Looking back on that first post I realize there were no archives in the right hand column. Nor were there snazzy little “feel good about yourself” links to click. Or a blogroll, for that matter. I don’t even think I knew what a blogroll was at that time.

So much has changed and I have you all to thank. For your encouragement, your support, your advice. Just the opportunity to read YOUR blogs has helped me to grow as a writer, blogger and person. I am so grateful. Thank you.

Robin, at Passions and Soapboxes, was a very early reader and she took the time to send me detailed instruction on how to post my very first award (given by her, :). Thanks, Robin!) I remember being so stunned that someone would take the time to help ‘lil ol’ me out. And then it just snowballed from there – encouraging letters, comments, even phone conversations.

I have surrounded myself with some very supportive bloggers out there. They are relationships I hope continue to grow and flourish.

I know many of you stop by and choose NOT to comment – for whatever reason. I really don’t mind. But today I’m asking everyone who stops by to share a little piece of advice – for all of us – about something you’ve learned about blogging. It could be something you figured out for yourself or the best/worst advice you received from someone else. Or a quick pointer. How about a been-there-done-that-and-never-gonna-do-it-again? Your two cents. Any helpful information will do.

It’s share your best/worst tips at Jane’s today. And we all get to benefit from your wisdom and learn from each other.

Thanks to all of you out there for an amazing ride these past 6 months. Here’s to many, many more!

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