A blogger has a couple of choices; write a post and publish it, or save that post to their drafts folder. I’ve read comments from different bloggers to the effect that, most of us have blog drafts that will never see the light of day. This does break down a little further from two options, should the blogger decide that they are going to publish. Many blog posts are written quickly and fired from the hip. I happen to blog like this when the subject matter is best served with an open response. The other option is to read your draft, then read it again and maybe even ask a friend to cast an eye over it too. My point is that bloggers have choices.
The spleen acts primarily as a blood filter. As such, it is a non-vital organ, with a healthy life possible after removal.
A person reading a blog also has choices. They may choose not to read a particular blog at all, or to only read posts that speak to them through the post title. If the reader does read a post, they then have the choice to respond or to get on with their day. If they choose to comment, either in the comments section of the blog post or by some other means, then they have the choice in how and what they write. A comment on a blog is more often than not, a signal to the blogger that you have read their blog and appreciate the material (an appreciation more in terms of “thanks for the light reading” rather than “I love everything you write”. However, comments can also be used to communicate a difference of opinion, or in some cases a more direct dialogue with the blogger.
In both cases, the blogger and the reader have choices. The rules of engagement are complicated.
This blog post is a personal commentary or reflection on what I find to be a challenging part of the blogging community. If a blog is public and I work on the assumption that the blogger has appraised their choices, then if I am reading something which I disagree with, then it is fair game to respond to it. However, I then have the responsibility of responding respectfully. There will always be those people who don’t abide by this ‘code’ i.e. bloggers who like to publish publicly and don’t like a difference of opinion, and readers who choose to comment and disrespect the blogger.
When all’s said and done, I think I am of the opinion that beer blogs and comments sections on these beer blogs, are an extension to what would normally be a chat taking place in a pub, with ‘like-minded’ people, over a couple of beers. As we all live varying distances from one another, and all have full lives, we use blogs as a means of (and sometimes a poor substitution for) having a chat…a chat which is sometimes based on debatable subject matter, but should still be enjoyable nonetheless.