I have an administrative question: I’d like to know why more people aren’t sharing their thoughts—or challenging mine—on this blog. It is intended to be a conversation. With all the thoughtful and articulate friends that I have, I thought that this blog will quickly become an active conversation spot. I’ve seen other blogs that get a dozen or more comments from readers almost every single day, and a hundred or more on a single post. Why not this one? I’m starting to wonder if people are afraid to write something here. Is that true of you? Is there some other reason? I’ve tried to think of possible causes:
- Are you concerned about posting your name on the web? The comment form does have a name field, but you may leave it blank, in which case your comment will be attributed to “Anonymous.” You could give your first name only, your initials, or an online handle, if you want. Even if I can tell who you are—such as by recognizing your e-mail address—I will not reveal your name unless you have already done so in that comment thread.
- The comment form requires that you give your e-mail address when you post a comment. That is for my use in case I need to contact you about something in your comments. I will never post your e-mail address online. Nor will I use it to spam you. I will not give or sell your e-mail address to anyone else.
- If you lack confidence in your writing or grammar skills, don’t worry about it. I’m sure I deal with worse grammar all the time. I won’t embarrass you about that.
If you have other concerns, please let me know. I want to do whatever I can to make this blog a friendly and safe place for meaningful conversation.
Feel free to contact me in whatever way you are comfortable: post a comment here, post one on Facebook, send me a private IM on Facebook, e-mail, phone call (if you have my number), whatever.