The Palin Place offers long, documented commentary. I put a lot of time and effort into each one. This blog attracts people with engaged minds. (I'm glad YOU are here.) After investing the time and thought to digest a post, the reader may find added information among the comments. I love when that happens.
On some blogs, the comment threads become so long that they are not read by most visitors, and, unfortunately, anonymous commenters sometimes feel free to be crude or rude to others, which discourages many people from wanting to cull through looking for items of value. The worst case scenario is when someone with information gets discouraged or attacked. Like Sue Williams, or Wendy Waitress.
Remember Wendy Waitress at another blog? When we abuse, even jokingly, another reader to the point where they pull away, we have hurt ourselves and our mission.
This is becoming a community of people who like one another and enjoy the exchange, the venting, and the occasional snark that is so easy to apply to the misadventures of Sarah the Baracuda. There, see? I called her a name again. It's okay to comment about Sarah’s physical appearance or Bristol’s, too, if the point is that the appearance supports a further observation, ie Bristol is lying about her cosmetic surgery; Sarah wore a bathrobe on her Fox interview but hypocritically calls out “pajama clad” bloggers as if that unprofessional attire matters when one is not on screen; Bristol had a young and fresh appearance at 18 and it's sad that she didn't know how pretty she was when she looked real instead of fake; Sarah has aged poorly which is a good indication that money hasn't brought her happiness.
I hope we can develop a norm on this blog that comments add value.
Please, comment even more than you have before. Add to the knowledge, share new ideas, make observations and - if it's in your personality - be clever and funny. Go ahead and say "Sarah is the Quitter Queen?" She quit, and more than once, and it's part of her political resume, so why not?
Then, even if comment threads become long, regular visitors will be happy about that, instead of simply clicking off.
(Also, too) I would prefer that swearing be of the PG variety. A damn here and there for emphasis is great for creative writing, but the bodily function type swearing- well, now, that might turn someone away. And right now, we need all the good minds we can get.
Thanks for understanding.