Okay people, I need to put on my cranky pants for a minute, and you need to read through this first if you want to get to the fun part.
As a conflict-a-phobe, this is painful for me, but here we go…
Sometimes I feel like I must be really slow off the mark, because I always seem to be the last to realise when people are talking about me.
Blogging Etiquette Point #1: Can you please tell me if you are going to talk about me somewhere? (Obviously not a “rule” or anything, but come on guys… can you tap a girl on the shoulder if she should be reading something?)
I just discovered this comment thread… https://morallycontextualizedromanceblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/how-do-we-politely-challenge-church-leaders/
…where it seems a few people are discussing comments that went down on my recent thread “Beauty and the Green-Eyed Beast”. Particularly, my moderation decisions over which comments I allowed and which I deleted.
To sum up, the comments there got a little out of hand. I ended up deleting a couple right off the end of the thread, but in hindsight, there were more that I should have deleted (or at least edited) that were also off-topic, and hurtful to the people being talked about.
I am sorry to the people who were hurt by the comments that I allowed through out of cowardice, rather than being a good moderator. And I’m sorry to my regular readers and commentators for not being more clear about the boundaries in the past, such that people have decided to assign certain motives and beliefs to my (lack of) moderation.
Blogging Etiquette Point 2: Comments here should stick to the topic at hand.And I will use my discretion here – obviously harmless small talk will be allowed. Any comments in the future that are trying to derail the theme of the post, to take it in a harmful direction may be edited or deleted.
Blogging Etiquette Point 3: The whole purpose of my blog here is thoughtful consideration and application of the Scriptures – exploring how serving Jesus applies to various areas of life. I’m not going to hold all my commentators to the same standard I would hold myself, but this is what I will take into account with further moderating decisions – whether a certain line of thought lines up with, or totally opposes the purpose of this blog.
And now the fun part…
I’d love to send Christmas cards to some of my blogging friends, along with a unique Australian souvenir (at this point, I’m thinking of a gum leaf from my back yard, with a Bible verse written on it 😉 ).
So leave me a comment if you’d like to receive a card, and I will email you to get your address.
Lurkers are also welcome to come out of hiding at this point.
Come on now, you don’t want to miss out on your very own gum leaf, do you? 😉