Taking ownership of your words

Joel has a great rant about anonymous blog comments.

The way to give people freedom of expression is to give them a quiet place to post their ideas. If other people disagree, they’re welcome to do so… on their own blogs, where they have to take ownership of their words.

I agree, mostly.  I’ve been running this blog for over four years and never opened it up for comments, until a few days ago when I migrated to WordPress. That’s why you’ll see that almost every post on this site has no comments.

But I don’t think the answer has to be “no comments for anyone.” My blog is my own little dictatorship. There is no free speech here except where I allow it. I don’t think there is anything wrong with putting all comments into a moderation queue and filtering out the ones that peg the stupid meter.

And, of course, disallowing anonymous comments.

Anyway, where I really agree with Joel is on the notion of taking ownership if your words. On my blog, everyone knows who I am. If I say something controversial, I don’t hide behind a shield of anonymity. In fact, bloggers like Joel (and me) are putting a lot on the line when blogging about things that might make people mad. We’re also selling our stuff on the internet. I know without a doubt — because people have told me! — that my openness about some of my unpopular opinions has cost me sales. But an anonymous comment on a blog posts means nothing to me, because it takes nothing to say it.

More reasons to drink coffee

More reasons to drink coffee:

Study Shows Coffee May Prevent Alzheimer’s

A new study suggests coffee may go a long way toward protecting your brain cells from the damage of Alzheimer’s disease and several other neurological diseases.

Study Says Coffee Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers at the University of California suggested that those having a cup of coffee a day cut the risk of having type 2 diabetes to 60 percent.

So enjoy that cup of caffeinated goodness.

Tearing up a credit card application isn’t enough

The Torn-Up Credit Card Application

Do you think tearing up those fifty credit card applications you get every week is good enough? Think again.

This guy received a credit card application in the mail. He tore it up into tiny pieces, taped it back together, changed the address on it, and then mailed it back to the credit card company.

And they sent the card to the new address.

Unbelievable. Glad I use a shredder!