I’ve been back and forth and up and down on the issue of comments. When this blog was with a different host and had a different design, I had comments. Then with the redesign, I removed them. The truth is, I have a very mixed relationship with comments on the internet. The “bottom half” of the internet is a cesspool of yelling, selling and depersonalizing attacks. Honestly, I don’t even read the comments anymore on most blogs that I follow.
But at the same time, I’m not opposed to conversation. Just the opposite. I want to hear from you. I want to understand your experience. I want to know when my writing serves you well, and I want to know when you think I’m off track — so long as you can do that in a respectful way, open to real discussion. After hearing from a number of people who follow my blog, and the counsel of some mentors as I’m building this thing, I’ve decided to open up the comments again. So, here we go.
I have a bit of anxiety about this because writing about spirituality, sometimes controversial connections to our emotional health, theology and church practice is all touchy for folks, and there are some out there who seem to live for correcting others. And I guess, I’m just not willing to provide a forum for ego, spiritual arrogance, name-calling and all that stinks about internet comments. So, having said all of that, I unveil to you my new comment policy. It’s adapted from Michael Hyatt’s blog and seems like a clear and wise set of standards. We will adapt, adopt and improve as things develop around here. Please read the new Comment Policy before commenting. Looking forward to hearing from you and interacting more. M.
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