Thursday, February 11, 2010

To moderate or not to moderate, that is the question...

Since the conception of this blog, I have tried to make sure I let my readers know how much you all mean to me.  I don't say this just because it is what I am supposed to say to my very dedicated readers.  I mean it for many reasons.  Many of you are family.  Many of you are my dear friends, and have been that way for what seems like a lifetime.  But one of the greatest things about this blog has been that it feels like I have made friends that I would never have known existed that may or may not be around for a lifetime, but in some small way we have touched one another's lives. 
So each and every comment I receive is very important to me and I don't want any of them to fall through the cracks, so to speak.  As you have gotten to know me, you've probably learned that I don't usually do things in the typical fashion.  So, when I started this blog that was my introduction into the blogging world.  I had never commented on another blog, and had only read one or two posts on my friend Tiffany's blog.  So, when the comments moderation page came up my worst fear was that someone was going to come on and just start trashing my lame attempts at a blog and that of course I would want to stop that; so I set up to moderate comments.
It didn't take long until I was a little more comfortable in my "Author Hat" to take the moderate comment settings off of my blog.  What I quickly realized is that I was no longer notified of the comments though, and that I was missing quite a few of them.  Which left me in a real quandary because as I said, I really and truly enjoy your comments.  I have never not posted a comment and have been blessed to have never gotten one of those comments that I so feared.  I also have never received any of the robocomments that they warn you about when you are setting up your blogging account.
So, anyway, the plot thickens.  Yesterday, I was thinking about all of the posts I had in mind since I was behind and which I was going to do today, I had decided on this one about moderating comments.  I booted up my computer to get a head start on it, and of course started with my e-mail.  I had one regarding a post from yesterday.  See, yesterday on this blog I was bragging about how smart we Americans are with our space ships and automobiles, etc.  Well, it appears I'm wrong, I think for the first time ever.  I am going to do a bit of copying and pasting here because my German exchange sister was trying to protect her ignorant American sister (me) by not commenting directly onto this blog. This is the comment that you will find posted for yesterday, note how she did not want to rat me out publicly-ha!
Hi Judy,
I sent you a message on facebook, about the invention of the automobile ;-)
Take care!

This is her note from Facebook in it's entirety:
Dear Judy, I am so glad you seem to be feeling better, and I was amazed by your blog about cleaning up the house and bills... Have you started any therapy yet? I think there could be many soft ways of curing, you just need to find the right thing, which, of course can be very difficult.

Today's blog talks about the automobile, and for the 2nd time I thought "sorry, Judy, but the auto was invented in Germany!"

Actually it was even invented by a guy who was born in Karlsruhe, where we live, see link.

I think the US can claim to have invented its industrial production, but, sorry again, the automobile is ours ;-)

Love you!

Irina, also known as smart alec

Karl Benz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
So, this must be the second time in this blog I have been bragging incorrectly about that!  See, that is why it is so important to me to listen to you all.  Really I don't keep comments from you, I just don't want to miss out on anything.  I have learned a lot from all of you and I can't tell you all how much your positive comments have meant to me!!!  And oh by the way, Damn Germans (grin)!!!!


Daisy said...

Oh, we crazy Americans, claiming all devices as ours! I live in the heart of paper production, but paper itself was invented (I think, please correct me if I'm mistaken) in ancient China.

Anonymous said...

Judy, you're so precious!