The grand reopening, now without comments

I was looking at a post at Warren Ellis LTD this morning when I noticed something that I had not noticed before. There is no place for comments on any of his posts. If you want to contact him, his Gmail address is right there on his contact me page but there is no place to comment publicly on his site.

Then I went to Austin Kleon's site. Guess what? No comments.

I like that and I don't know why I had not thought about it in the past. Moderating spam comments has driven me nuts for years.

I think I have always thought of the internet as I first thought of it so many years ago when it entered my apartment on a phone line to a Hayes modem with those glorious little red lights flashing as all of that wonderful data poured in at a speed that would seem unbelievably slow now but was absolutely amazing back then.

Back then, it was a bulletin board, a place for sharing ideas and building communities and everything had to be a community, right? If I post something, I should expect people to comment. That's what being online is all about. It's one huge conversation, right?

I am over that thinking and I am glad to see that a lot of other people are getting over it also. We are building some walls. We're making our Twitters and Instagrams private. We still have communities but now we are choosing who gets to be a part of them.

We will still have our public outlets also (like this site and the podcast when I get around to doing that again) but I don't think they are going to be like bulletin boards anymore.

Maybe blogs and podcasts will be a bit more like books. You can yell at a book but the author is not going to hear it. You can take time to sit down and write a letter but that letter does not become a part of the book.

If you want to write me a letter, virtually, you'll have to reach out to me on Twitter @upinthisbrain and you can even follow me there again if you want but I will have to approve that since I am keeping that account private. (I've back off of this idea of a private Twitter for now. I don't know why. Maybe I am asking for trouble.)

Also, I have broken the Twitter habit and I'm not planning on going back to looking at it often but I do see @ comments at least once a day.

Unlike Warren and Austin, I'm not going to pop up an email address just yet. I know the tens of you that might read this will be disappointed but you probably already know how to reach me if you are reading this anyway.

This website has been locked down for a few weeks because I have been on a bit of a hiatus/reassessment/life reset and, at right around the same time, I started getting tons of spam comments here.

With this post, I have "reopened" the site and turned off comments at the same time. We'll see how that goes.