Intro post

Jun. 29th, 2009 09:36 pm
Am considering the Poppy Z Brite model of journaling here. And notice I said journal, as in personal journal, not public-owned or community blog. It's my space, so I get to define it as I please. If I want to call it a website, I will, and there's nothing you can do about it. Nyah. 

Poppy (now known as Billy Martin) doesn't allow comments in his personal journal. I'm not sure why, but maybe it has something to do with the fact that he sometimes makes unpopular statements or expresses views that don't line up with every other soul on the planet who has access to a computer and can mash a keyboard, and maybe it really isn't worth his time to sit down and reply to or ban every genius who decides "Fuck you, bitch!", is the wittiest comeback evar.

And you know, neither do I. But more than that, when I do make a post that matters to me, I feel that everyone who makes a thoughtful post in reply deserves a decent response, and I don't always have that luxury of time. Not responding weighs on me like you wouldn't believe, so...yeah. I'm considering either that or auto-screening everything so that my readers & friends can reply and know that I heard what they had to say, but with the understanding that I might not be able to get back to them right away.

I do think that when there are cries all around us insisting that our journals and websites are no longer our own but "community space" instead, it is time for a new journaling model to re-assert individual creativity and take back the rights of writers to have their own spaces on their own terms.

I was thinking I could use the screening option like an answering machine. In fact, that's a reply option I really wish Dreamwidth had, the drop-down choice of simply; Leave Message. If the writer wants to answer you privately, they will. If they want to make your post public and answer you in their space, they will, and if they want to delete your post and ignore you, they have that choice as well. Writing an online journal should not be the equivalent of giving a podium,  audience, and your personal time to every soul on the planet with an opinion that differs from your own. Whatever happened to walking away when you disagreed with something someone said? But then blogs came along, and suddenly posters all over the world began to get the idea that not only did they have the option to loudly invade another's space and drag all their friends and friends with pitchforks with them, it was their god-given moral right to do so. In effect, bloggers have adopted the modus operandi formerly only attributed to professional trolls and internet n00bs who just don't know any better.

I think we can all do better than that. I'm sure gonna try.



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