If you’ve posted a comment to this blog lately and haven’t had it put up, it’s because it got caught up in my spam filter. I got an email from someone today asking why a comment hadn’t been posted. I hadn’t seen the comment, so I did the thing I hate most to do, and opened the ‘caught spam file’ only to find about 600 spams with about a dozen comments stuck in with them.
I got rid of the spam and posted all the comments. So, if you’ve been wondering, they’re all up now. If not, I missed it in the volume of spam I went through and deleted it. Resend it please if that happened.
I don’t know why the spam filter lets comments from one person through once and catches the same person the next time. I need to be more timely in going through the spam before it stacks up to these giant numbers. I promise, I’ll try to do it daily from now on so that comments that get stuck don’t get so delayed.
I’m also going to start posting more comments without my commentary. In fact, I already have. If someone posts a comment that is just that, his or her comment on whatever I posted on, I’m just going to post it without my comment, which usually amounts to something like, I agree or good ideal or some such. All that takes time, and it’s now gotten to the point where I spend about three or four times as much time dealing with comments as I do posting. That’s why there have been fewer long, thoughtful posts and more quickie cartoons and other things I can just slap up to freshen the blog.
And, I’m going to limit my political debating to a large extent. I’m a nutritional expert, not a policy wonk. What I have to say about nutrition comes from many years of study and patient care, and is, I believe, of value to readers. What I have to say about politics, social issues, etc. are my opinions developed from reading and study, but I’m not an expert and these posts don’t represent my expert knowledge, only my opinions. Your opinions may differ, and, in fact, probably do. If you want to lay out your position, go for it, and I’ll post it, but I don’t have time for a lengthy debate.
When I had just a few commenters, I could afford the time to engage in these debates, but no longer. I have way too many comments to deal with to spend that kind of time on back and forth debate with a few individuals. When that has happened, the person I’ve been debating with hasn’t changed his (or her) mind despite my brilliant arguments, and I haven’t changed mine, so what’s the point. Especially when there is a lot of interesting nutritional news breaking almost daily that is blog worthy. But I don’t have time to post on it because I’m debating over whether our home grown fundamentalists are more dangerous than Islamic fundamentalists.
Let’s see how it works as this whole process evolves. And BTW, I would be more than happy to hear anyone’s opinion on this subject. For all I know, all readers are all sitting on the edges of their seats waiting for the next political debate exchange, but somehow I don’t think so.