Yesterday I posted about paying for an editor and if it should depend on whether or not you intend to publish traditionally or independantly. The debate got a little heated and in my opinion some of the commenters crossed a line when it came to manners.
I have not disallowed any comments thus far. This blog has been up for all of twenty-eight days and I really really want everyone to comment and interact with each other here. When I post something it is my opinion, which I am entitled to. While reactions and comments are desired, I do expect these to be delivered with the same courtesy one would expect from a face to face conversation. Just because you can’t see me doesn’t mean I don’t exist. You aren’t talking to an inanimate object, there is a human being over here.
The internet is a wonderful tool for bringing people together so that they can interact socially, intellectually and emotionally. It is particularly helpful for writers as this is an often solitary pursuit and we all benefit from some social interaction.
However, there is no tone in text. We are writers and yet we often forget how easy it is for our words to be taken in a way not meant. Alternatively, we don’t care how they may be taken because we can’t see the person our words are aimed at.
For me, this is unacceptable. We are writers. As we all know, everything we send out onto the Internet is there forever. Let’s take this opportunity to practise our craft and say what we mean to say in a way that won’t offend anyone else. I also expect open-mindedness and flexibility. Feel free to disagree with me and each other, but be tactful when doing so and be open to what others are saying. I do this when responding to comments that I don’t agree with. Please make a similar effort when writing those comments in the first place.
I will never delete a comment which is phrased politely, even if I disagree with the opinion voiced therein. My aim is to build a community where everyone feels free to voice their opinions, even me. Please help me make this possible.