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The Pretense of Pointless Blogs


Blog Posted:8/11/2017 4:25:00 PM

Open forum to write what you will about pointless blogs. Please bear in mind that NO rude or insincere comments will remain.  I'm curious about what others think about posting a blog that seems meaningless, and/or prohibits comments. Yes, I know that is permitted by PS, but really, what's the point of that? If there's something worth writing, it should be worthy of having others express their opinions. 

 

 

 

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Date: 8/17/2017 2:31:00 AM
Methinks that as long as a blog exists, there's a point that the blogger wants us to see. Most of the time we might see some blogs having comments cut offs, but if we look deeper, there's a silent message by the blogger, intentional or not intentional.
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Date: 8/15/2017 4:26:00 PM
i don't understand why a blogger would not want feedback... isn't a message for all a sign that the writer would enjoy some sense of reciprocity?... hmm, lin.. hugggs
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Date: 8/15/2017 4:30:00 PM
That's my way of thinking, nette. I enjoy reading the opinions of other poets as well as their comments on my poems. Communication is a good way to interact and get to know each other. Thanks a lot for offering your point of view.
Date: 8/14/2017 9:07:00 AM
Lin, to me the purpose of a blog is back and forth communication, when comments are turned off that defeats the purpose and is just pointless, yes information is given but no questions can be asked, as for receiving nasty replies well is that not why we were given the delete ability on blogs and there is always block, so I just don't see the point of a blog with no commenting, just my opinion, it is not my intent to insult anyone, its just that it makes no sense.
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Date: 8/14/2017 9:56:00 AM
Thanks for your thoughts, Constace. I don't think any comment made on this blog has given anyone reason to feel they've been insulted. I asked for opinions and I received many that were varied. Several issues were discussed in a mature manner and by respected members of the PS community.
Date: 8/14/2017 8:53:00 AM
"Pointless" blogs - there won't be general agreement, because there is such a wide range (naturally) in the philosophies of all the people here. I'm all for discussion, and the ability to delete posts really does not seem right to me - I think much more is lost than is gained there. Just my opinion, though, and we're not all going to agree even on what blogs are 'pointless' or not.
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Date: 8/14/2017 10:05:00 AM
Hi Doug, and we don't all have to agree on what is pointless to us. I appreciated reading everyone's opinions.
Date: 8/14/2017 8:11:00 AM
Wordpress blogs do not automatically upload comments. Comments can be selected to be included on the blog or deleted before anyone but the blog's author reads them. Poetrysoup is not a blog site, but it does allow us to have a blog, and therefore it does not have all the bells and whistles of sites which were created for blogging. I couldn't care less if someone chooses to shut off comments, as long as the blog is not directed at specific Soupers and is just a "thinking about this..." type of blog. As long as a blog is not a direct attack on a member, then members can choose to just ignore them (it's actually quite easy ... unless you care about the opinion.)
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Date: 8/14/2017 10:11:00 AM
Thanks for joining in with your viewpoints, Cyndi. I was interested in opinions other than whether or not blogs are closed to comments. I don't care that PS makes that an option, or that people do it, but I thought I'd take a moment to see what others thought about blogs that are more like a diary on very personal levels.
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Date: 8/14/2017 8:15:00 AM
I'm not privy to all the hurts and life assaults every member of Soup has experienced. Fences are put up for many reasons... whenever possible, try to see the other side unless the other side has taken chunks out of you, gnawed you raw...
Date: 8/13/2017 8:34:00 PM
LOL this is much a do about nothing?
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Date: 8/14/2017 10:03:00 AM
:D Sounds like Soup to me.
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Date: 8/13/2017 8:37:00 PM
It certainly ended up being that way. lol Shakespeare would be annoyed...Thanks for stopping in, Debbie.
Date: 8/13/2017 3:13:00 AM
one way point of view, one track mind
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Date: 8/13/2017 5:44:00 AM
You nailed it with one hit of the hammer, Harry. Thank you very much.
Date: 8/12/2017 10:11:00 AM
It's such a shame to see a pointless poem being posted too Lin, its one rule for one, one rule for others:-( hugs jan xx
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Doug Vinson
Date: 8/16/2017 1:40:00 PM
Maybe the gods are angry, Jan.
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 8/14/2017 12:09:00 PM
There are odd things happening on soup Becca yesterday I had an e mail from a friend and underneath it was a link to my 'member area' and it showed a person was blocked - I don't have anyone blocked at all... the same thing happened some months ago it showed I had someone blocked and the minute i unblocked her she got blocked straight away again when i wasn't anywhere near her poetry page. I have changed my password! hugs jan xx
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Doug Vinson
Date: 8/14/2017 8:50:00 AM
One rule to rule them all, one rule to find them....
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Lewis Raynes
Date: 8/12/2017 10:52:00 PM
Hi guys, unfortunately my blogs and poems have had some "comments are blocked" thing enforced out of my control, some wicked keyboard warriors, but my last write is... Well... My thoughts about this.
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Date: 8/12/2017 10:15:00 AM
lol Jan. I hesitate to ask, so I'd better not, but the imagination has no limits.
Date: 8/12/2017 8:57:00 AM
I think (but I could be wrong) that our resident mute blogger has very set views on things and that always invites equally strongly held views in response which can lead to fireworks. I'm guessing that's why (enter female pronoun here) "announces" rather than posts a topic for discussion. It's a bit like when an immovable object meets an irrestistible force! I agree a blog without comments is a nonsense but life is full of peculiarities! I should know - I'm one!
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Date: 8/12/2017 9:03:00 AM
lol Keith, at least you admit to being peculiar. Most of us are in one way or more. Honesty really is a virtue. Thanks for your views.
Date: 8/12/2017 8:29:00 AM
I would say generally speaking there is a little bit of arrogance when you expect someone to read what you have written and not expect comments. In a way I feel it is a selfish act. Now on the other hand if this writer has been maligned by a comment in the past, I can understand and accept their choice of not having comments. So like I stated it depends on the reason why and most time were not privy to know why they are acting in that manner. Thanks for posting Lin...
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Date: 8/12/2017 8:38:00 AM
You're very welcome, Michael. It's a post to allow opinions and yours are welcome.
Date: 8/12/2017 8:17:00 AM
My personal opinion is not to hurt anyone with my opinion and anyone can disagree with it and that's ok. First I want to state that if someone doesn't want a response that's ok. Or if someone wants to blog whatever that is ok to, What someone might consider pointless that individual might not. Now when someone doesn't want an opinion, I ask myself why? What is the motive behind it, For example are they afraid of a comment that they might not be able to tolerate. Have they been hurt before by someone else's comment or are they making an egotistical statement that they selfishly don't care what you think. To me the reason why is more important than the act. We have a choice of not reading it.
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Date: 8/12/2017 12:31:00 PM
Your welcome
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Date: 8/12/2017 8:35:00 AM
I agree with all of your insightful remarks, Michael. You've covered a lot of possible reasons for pros and cons on the issue(s) and I appreciate your first sentence the most...not to hurt anyone with your opinion. I'm cheered that you're posting here again and thank you for adding your thoughts.
Date: 8/12/2017 3:12:00 AM
There is no pretense; a blogger has a point and relates it. Whether they want discussion or not is their prerogative though it can be somewhat odd that one posts and then does not wish for discussion. I put it down to eccentricity and move on. There was one blog addressed to me very clearly as I had written a poem for a contest..I could've sent mail to explain but it wasn't something I was bothered too much about. Therein lies art...we take it or leave it; no big deal...unless of course one is paying millions for it, in which case, I tend to think one is just bonkers and has nothing better to do with too much money...I ramble; something i like to do on blogs..pointless perhaps to you.. :)
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Date: 8/12/2017 3:22:00 AM
Ramble on all you like, taai, and I don't find your opinions pointless at all. A blogger must first make a point that can be understood if he/she does not allow comments. The person who wrote a blog addressed to you is a good example of being just that, when it could've been dealt with through private mail. I agree with you on the idea of eccentricity. Thanks for stating your views.
Date: 8/12/2017 12:10:00 AM
I love blogs with comments cut off. Who made the rule that they must be open for discussion. A true open community attracts and supports all type of freedoms, including the closed blog. Judge not... Blah blah. I encourage everyone to blog or comment as they see fit.
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Lewis Raynes
Date: 8/12/2017 6:58:00 AM
My comments have been blocked.... Ironic
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Lewis Raynes
Date: 8/12/2017 6:56:00 AM
I did not remove it. My right for that reply was taken from me in this simple blog of free thought.
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Date: 8/12/2017 2:39:00 AM
For whatever reason, Lewis' remark was removed. It was, "Soooooo you agree with me," to which I replied, I agree that you have the right to have an opinion and state it.
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Lewis Raynes
Date: 8/12/2017 2:36:00 AM
Soooooo you agree with my opinion...
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Date: 8/12/2017 2:02:00 AM
No one said there is a rule that blogs must be open for discussion. This one is not focused on judging anyone but merely to voice opinions, as you just did. The first two words clearly read, "Open forum." Even if "blah blah" is your opinion, you were able to take part.
Date: 8/11/2017 9:26:00 PM
I love this headline: "Pointless aggression makes me really angry" Touche
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Date: 8/12/2017 1:51:00 AM
That's quite humorous, John. Thanks.
Date: 8/11/2017 5:46:00 PM
Post and then wait for engaging discussion. Isn't that what this function is for?? Used to blog but discussions take off in such unexpected directions, simply gave up posting. An evocative topic here, LL. :-)))
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Date: 8/11/2017 6:01:00 PM
It SHOULD be the function of blogs, and I agree with that, Wayne. Despite the fact that the header stipulates to "stay on topic," some have used it stray off the issue(s). Thanks for your input.
Date: 8/11/2017 5:38:00 PM
No point? No Blog. At least if your point is not to communicate and discuss something substantive with your fellow poets. If not, why bother?
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Date: 8/11/2017 5:59:00 PM
A great point you've made, Dale. Thank you for such insightful thoughts.
Date: 8/11/2017 4:42:00 PM
It's totally pointless and rather pretentious Lin. I have no idea what certain blogs mean as they make no sense.:-( hugs jan xx
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Date: 8/11/2017 4:51:00 PM
Exactly, Jan. I may be wrong but I don't think blogs are meant to be used as diaries. And why not add to an existing one on an issue instead of opening a new one by the same person?
Date: 8/11/2017 4:34:00 PM
actually there are only a few who have posted blogs and then closed off discussions and one of them hasn't been on here for a few months, but I hear you it really doesn't make any sense
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Date: 8/11/2017 4:39:00 PM
Thank you for thoughts on the issue, Frederic. They're sincerely appreciated.

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