Friday, December 5, 2008

Heavener Blogs

When I write a blog it is much like talking to someone over a cup of coffee, relating an incident from out of my past that is a part of my history. Maybe what I say is not important or even interesting, to anyone except myself. When you are talking one on one you get an immediate response, a blow by blow reaction to what you are saying. When we decide to publish our thoughts to a wider audience, as on Heavener Blogs, other people can read what we say.

But do they? Of course the faithful few who write blogs leave comments for our efforts to encourage us to go on and continue writing. But does anyone else read what we write? How do we know?

Perhaps we need a counter like the ones you see on web pages that tell you that you are the (pick any number) person to visit this site. Maybe we could have a counter on each blog to see if anyone looks at what we write. Then finally we should allow casual readers to make comments, without registering, without a user name, and especially no much hated pass word. Who can remember a pass word for more than fifteen minutes, especially when you have about fifty sites requiring pass words.

How then would you filter out bad language? Obviously someone would have to read any comments before allowing them to be published, not to censor content, but to remove any objectionable words. If we were to accept “Two and a Half Men,” as our standard not much would be cut out. However, without being prudish, I think the movies and television has gone too far. Often profanity helps to blur a poor vocabulary, it is actually a crutch.

I do not expect anything to change because of what I have written here

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4 Comments:

At December 5, 2008 at 4:44 PM , Blogger Bill Hinds said...

Hi Bob, I enjoy the opportunity to "chat" in blogs. Especially like we are doing in the Heavener Blogs. It is fun to remember our growing up years. I have no idea how you would add counters or how to keep the bad language from being published.

 
At December 5, 2008 at 6:01 PM , Blogger Glen Lazalier said...

Bob,
There is a mechanism whereby the blog "administrators" can be empowered to read and approve comments before they are published. That would take care of the bad language problem but I fear it would introduce an undesirable time delay in comments from our other bloggers.

John,
Do you know of another way?

 
At December 5, 2008 at 10:05 PM , Blogger John Inman said...

No, I don't, sorry. Surely, there is a way so we could get a count. Maybe Craig knows how. Do you Craig?

 
At December 6, 2008 at 6:35 AM , Blogger Craig Hall said...

I don't know how to keep any bad comments out. The way the blogs are set up at this time is anybody can comment. They can choose to use their name, post anonymous or however.

If somebody posts a comment that is objectionable, there are several people authorized to delete the comment.


I can look at putting a counter on the blog. I don't know if it is possible to have one on each blog, though.

I also know that sometimes it is frustrating to write something and feel like nobody is reading it, but there are people reading it. Maybe not thousands upon thousands, but there are people reading this. It just takes time and the hard work by the writers.

 

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