Sunday, September 17, 2017

Democracy and Blogs

To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. 
Louis L'Amour

I've noticed over the last couple of years, a trend in blogging.   It used to be that a blog was a place for someone to share their life, their ideologies and to also allow others to share in those thoughts.   The new trend I've seen is to 1) approve comments before they are posted or 2) at the click of a button delete a comment that may not sit well with the writer or blog owner.   YouTubers have also done the same now by disabling the comments section of their vlog posts. 

That's a real shame as it takes away from the writer and the reader.   I love sharing comments and I let Blogger tell me when there is a comment that may not be appropriate.  The only comments that I do delete are advertising.   I could let them run but I doubt readers are interested in sexual toys, condoms, condominiums and webpage builder news.   

As for comments in general, I love a little public tete-a-tete, a bit of a rumble, a little controversy.  It's good for the spirit, the soul and it opens the writer's eyes to things they may not have seen or discovered.

On this blog, feel free to let'er rip, as they say, and write what you want.  Speak your mind.

Regarding other matters, I received an email today alerting me to a credit card breach.   I called immediately only to find out that my card number had been used in Malaysia, Thailand and Zimbabwe.   It was cancelled and a new card is on the way.  Only problem being is they don't send cards to international destinations and they may not send it to a bank branch in Texas which presents a major problem for me.  I need that card for my trip next Sunday to Dallas where I will work for three days.  Hmm.  Let's see what happens.

We spent last night with family and friends celebrating Mexican Independence.  It was a fun time had by all and ate some real homemade goodies such as pozole, enchiladas, tostadas, and of course a delicious cake.  You may have seen some of the pics on Facebook.


  1. Hi Chris and Juan. On my blog, I have had to resort to comment moderation for two reasons. First, I was embarrassed by all the inappropriate advertising, and Blogger did NOT warn me about anything. I was mortified to find comments of a sexual theme, and very explicit ones. Secondly, I have had many people tell me through private emails that they have not been able to leave a comment on my blog. It seems like Blogger's comment form is a bit cantankerous but does work better with the moderation feature enabled.
    Cheers. Always enjoy your postings.

  2. Cris and Juan -- Hope the heck you are traveling in Dallas or at home and NOT in Mexico City at this time; just heard about the major earthquake and saw the pictures coming across CNN news. Mother Nature can be brutal. Take care.

    1. Thanks Dee for posting. We're fine here in the north. Not a shake. However, we have had ver small quakes in the last few years due to fracking in the area. In the end, I think we will be very lucky that we did due diligence over the years to reinforce old structures and build new ones to code. CDMX is a beautiful city and will overcome this like everything else. What other choice do we have.

  3. I too only delete comments that are advertising and or are completely inappropriate. For the most part I try not to be too controversial...not political, religious etc. and for the most people are quite kind! Always enjoy your blog. We'll be back in Mazatlan for the winter in November. Can't wait.

  4. I wish there was a setting to block comments with a link, that would take care of the advertising. And yes, like Dee says, terrible news from DF!