In the beginning the first two Active Rain bloggers had the pair of tin cans, pulled the string tightly to communicate.
Like the early black and white video game of ping pong actually. Slow, back and forth, not much excitement or fireworks.
Then the numbers of Active Rain bloggers grew. Can you say to 205,651 at last count looking over my shoulder before this hunt and peck process today? Sure you can. I knew you could. And you know what that meant? Traffic, lots of noise, messages being beamed from blogger platforms all over the blue and green marble. It got loud, fast, kinda crazy.
Like six lanes of traffic during rush hour but all the time. Not once in a blue moon. No lull, the real estate blog conveyor belt spinning faster.
The blog posts getting better and bloggers more proficient at their writing, image taking, posting for information providing with an SEO twist.
Creating helpful links, embedded videos and becoming more polished like a cyber journalist broadcaster media master.
But about the time the AR or any platform blogger started to gain confidence, the blogs may have shifted from helpful real estate listing and local community information to an editorial, opinion rich post every so often. And the attention, notoriety increased. And the viewpoint of the post hopefully could be challenged, or disagreed with and all is well. Agree to disagree but mutual respect sensed to anyone outside the AR family that did not know each blogger from day to day interaction.
Whoa. What if the blogger did not like or accept or felt threatened somehow when another blog commenter disagreed with that viewpoint? And quickly deleted each and every comment they did not like. (Clearing throat) Well now indeed.
Your result would be distorted, unbalanced blogging.
Manipulated to just have the comment process spun along the lines that compliment the blogger. With that many AR members, there has got to be different emerging viewpoints. But not if squelched.
None of us probably is an identical twin. Not many of us are always going to agree. But the habit of deleting comments because they don't support 100 percent of your post topic or the gist of the media piece you hunt and peck, tap out the electrons on, is dangerous. Not just for how you stop growing, considering alternating viewpoints. Or just plain differences in real estate markets, traditions, the way each roll. Nothing to take personal but you do and hit delete anyway.
Further what can happen, like a rude king ruling with an iron fist, and an "off with his or her head" attitude, when the king blogger does his next post on what an idiot those five commenters were. The commenters on that new post never seeing the comments from the offending post. Take his word for it.
Missing comments, the subject of the new post but not appearing for other to sniff at, react to. Judge for themselves.
The ones that caused a rage, a rant but you only get his spin on the follow up how dare he or she new post. Like a kid who only tells you part of the story about the broken window at the neighbors or what happened at school at recess yesterday. And then commenters on the new post could say "Bad past commenters. Shame on them" And never saw, read, heard, digested the comments of the earlier "got a hair crossed, the knickers in a knot" blog post. Be careful with the delete button.
Like the red phone between Russia and the United States. Keep from knocking it off the desk, making calls for a pizza. Just don't use it. It is for dire needs, a drastic measure to take to reach for it, use it. Should not to become a habit. Otherwise you are distorting the open two way communication that is so refreshing in blogging. The engagement is missing. You need all the comments. I have read commenters that boldly state "If I don't like, agree with the Active Rain blog post comment, I delete, delete, delete.
You loose the two way, back and forth and the process of true, raw blogging with quick to delete. And a "don't have time for this" habit, blog practice.
Here or on any blog or social media platform. You need them all, the commenters to show up for today's topic to bat around, chew on and consider.
If someone makes a comment on a post that makes you raise your eyebrow and scratch your head, guess what. Instead of deleting it, other commenters will hopefully tactfully address it. Agree, disagree and why and avoid picking up rocks for a good old fashion stoning. Maybe many like a blog post cyber fight. I like to list, market, selling real estate and promoting my area. This AR campus is where I learn how to do that and offer once in a while my two cents from experience wearing the "R". Today is brought to you by the letter "R". The by far hardest working letter in the entire alphabet. Maine, a tad outspoken, but you always know where you stand with the people who live here in one drop dead gorgeous state.