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Blogging and responding reasonablyPosted Saturday, October 13, 2007, at 9:43 AM
Seems like everyone's talking about blogging itself, so…
I tend to think of my blog almost as a short daily column. I've got an opinion on just about everything, or sometimes just some other thoughts that aren't really opinions.
And I highly value and want your thoughts and comments, even if you totally disagree with me.
All of you need and deserve to be heard. I've had to work with people in the past who wanted to repress certain opinions; that totally irritated me, and it's one reason I feel so strongly about everyone having a voice.
That's what we're here for. And by "we," I mean both bloggers and commenters.
It doesn't hurt anything to drift a little off-topic sometimes, just as you would in a face-to-face conversation. Talk of one subject or incident can bring something else to mind. That can be a good thing.
Just be reasonable and respectful of others, okay? Feel free to disagree, but don't attack the individuals themselves as opposed to their opinions.
I'd like to think of what now exists here as just a beginning of what will hopefully be thousands of people throwing their opinions into the mix as we grow. Let's think of the future and keep these blogs expanding.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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