Thursday, February 11, 2010


I find it interesting how often we use strategy in our day to day lives. Though we don’t often consider the things we do as strategic assemblages, but nearly everything falls into this category. We are like cats out hunting mice. When you consider when and where to shop, or park your car there is usually a strategy involved.

We try to shape our environment to suit our needs. It often becomes like a game where there are winners and losers. We don’t like to be bested.

I even notice this with comments on blogs. I see bloggers get very defensive when people comment on their blogs. I find it especially interesting when you read a comment that someone has made and the blog author returns to delete the comment. Some employ the strategy of moderation; only allowing comments they approve to be view by others. I don’t quite understand this. Is it that they don’t have enough confidence in their own ideas and opinions that they can’t step up to the challenge when someone confronts their stand on issues.

I admit that sometimes I’ll post something knowing full-well that I’m stepping in a huge dung pile and I wait on the side line with a cricket bat. Though, of all the comments I’ve fielded here over the years, I don’t think I’ve ever had what I would consider an abusive comment. Some readers give me shit from time to time and I reply to them as would a monkey in a zoo, throwing feces back at them.

That’s my strategy.


Blogger Beth said...

Stick with your strategy - makes life (blogging) more interesting.

5:00 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I just like being an irritant and a combination devils advocate and court jester, not a richard head. I've deleted a few comments from my blog, mostly spammers and ten year olds. I'd almost like to get a few ex-cons commenting to occasionally get their side of the story. Eh...! If all else fails, I can throw poop back too.

7:54 AM  
Blogger Shelly Rayedeane said...

I never used to moderate comments. I emailed a celebrity for two years of my life and them my blog and cell phones got hacked so I started moderating comments and put on word verification so nobody would spam link my blog.

I spent the next year and a half trying to figure out exactly what went on because the FBI did little or nothing to help.

I finally did figure out what happened and who was involved, but without proof the only thing which happened was evidence got erased.

So now my blog is private because of what happened to me and I refuse to own a cell phone anymore if the battery doesn't disconnect from it.

The only drawback is that I now don't have as many readers as I once did and most new people email me and ask if I have nude pictures on my blog.

I always laugh when I get this comment from people because knowing the things I know now I would never be stupid enough to put any personal information on a computer ever again. Lol.

And I sure as hell wouldn't be stupid enough to post nude pictures.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So then I am the only guy to get deleted?? cool

Then I will say this


11:55 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Beth, I should do something of controversy soon again.

Darev, it would be cool to cultivate a few ex-con readers. That would be pretty interesting.

Shelly, you had circumstances that were above and beyond, yet the reason this blog is quasi anonymous.

Moose, I've never deleted any of your post, though I may have accidentally done so a couple years ago when I deleted an article I wrote about Betsy, but then Tryan helped me recover it, but the comments were gone. I have deleted spam and I did delete one comment by Gearhead that would have been offensive to half of the readers here. It was a battle I didn't want to have take place here.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was was a strategic move. But that's why Gearhead is gone. Did you piss in Syd's cornflakes too?


5:33 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Moose, Gearhead is a busy guy. I saw him at a conference in November, and we've spoken on the phone a couple times since. I've backed away from my leadership position and from running the website of the organization, so our paths don't cross as much these days. I think he down in California right now. I may see him again if we go to the WAS convention this summer.

Syd is still around and commented here twice last week. I read her every day but the people that comment on her blog are faster and funnier than I so I can't compete. Syd can post the word "Mayonaise" and an hour later she'll have 50 comments. I can't imagine how many readers she has now. She's a blog star and I love her like a sister.

7:44 PM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

WAS convention?
White Anglo Saxons?
Whiskey And Soda?
Without Any Sirens?
Whither Albeit Saskatchewan?
What About Studmuffins?
Whimpys Against Spinach?
Whole Animal Stuffing?

7:02 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

So it's YOU encouraging the Asian porn! I knew it.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Meadowlark said...

I've deleted my OWN comments occasionally... sometimes I'm just a bitch and think better of it. If I'm saying something that needs to be said, that's one thing, if I'm just being a bitch because I'm having a "if I hear one more - we're so in love and always will be and have been married 3 years and he just graduated from the police academy and is a super hero - then I"m gonna puke" moment, I'll sometimes get rid of it so everybody ELSE doesn't know I'm such a bitch. :) Self preservation, I suppose.

2:27 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Darev, good guesses, but totally wrong on all counts.

Amy, I don't seem to get any, only you and Donna.

Meadowlark, I'll agree, sappy replies are worse than Mommy Blogs. I'm sure you've had your share of trolls. Thanks for moving the troll warning lower on your page. That image is disturbing

4:05 PM  

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