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Andrea,

It would be a shame if you did not allow those true fans of your blog to respond to the inspirational verse that you spin from the very heart of your heart. Some of the daily addition that I read are like taking in the smell of spring after the benediction of the rain, and I inhale apirl. This world is full off boobs (idiots) that care not whom they harm or what vial filth spews from their minds as long as it spreads across society like a blanket that of smoke that smothers all who partake of it. Well I have babbled on to long here, but let not one fool's comment sway you from sharing momments that have placed a momment of happiness upon your heart, that you my share it with others. p.s. You have one of the most becoming smiles, it is hard not to smile once we gaze upon it.

Posted by: David at June 8, 2005 6:12 PM

Hi Andrea, I'm a very far "fan" of yours (I'm italian), I've discovered your blog more or less 1 year ago.. but I've never posted any comment, not because I had nothing to say, but because I felt that what u said and the pics u posted were enough to think, to lough, to smile, to dream...
So the fact that u want not to allow comments anymore doesnt make any difference to me, but I think it's sad. Also, the few times I've read some comments, they were as much fun as the original post (I love mr darcy :P).
Well, I dont want to start a campaign pro-comments, it's you who have to chose. I just want to take one of the last chances I have to let u know that I like u and your blog soooo muuuuccch!!
keep on smiling!
Francesca

Posted by: Francesca at June 9, 2005 5:15 AM

What Francesca said. Only I'm not in Italy, but do have/had 2 italian grandmothers.

Posted by: Sam at June 9, 2005 7:34 AM

Thank you guys so much! I am touched and pleased and now perplexed again!!! Damn! To allow comments or not to allow comments!? Maybe I'll just accept that I love kind, good, interesting comments so it's worth it for me to try being a better policer of rogue comments because afterall, they're in my living room!

:-)
Andrea

Posted by: Andrea at June 9, 2005 10:27 AM

addendum:

I must say...I think it's funny that in my fury yesterday I intended not to allow comments, especially on this post and I accidentally did...so imagine my surprise when I saw that there were comments...and then they were nice comments...oh the irony...

Blogging = LIFE.

ha ha.

Posted by: Andrea at June 9, 2005 10:36 AM

"I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies another this right makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it." - Thomas Paine.

This quote doesn't mean that people's opinions and words won't piss you off. They will, especially when clashing against your own beliefs; else we should question our own humanity. And this quote certainly doesn't imply that it's open season with respect to commenting, more so when it's another person's web site. Unnecessary crudeness and deliberate untruthfulness, however dressed, should never be tolerated or accepted for they only create confusion and misinterpretation.

But reason and its inherent order, when presented properly, are consistently more convincing than fleeting emotions, especially those given to extremes...

"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret." - Ambrose Bierce

This is the guide I've tried to apply with respect to posting and commenting on either my own or another's web site. On those posts where I have solicited comments, I have not removed (in its entirety) any comment; however, as the owner/editor of the web site to which the comment was posted (i.e., viewed by all), I have redacted or substituted those "titillating" phrases and words that I feel have not added to the intent or meaning of the comment. Hopefully, this has been done without changing too much the... “desire” of the commenter.

In summary, we should all be mindful of messages that follow this logic, "Is sloppiness in [text] caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care." - William Safire.

These messages tend to create... friction of one sort or another - some with the best of intentions, while others obviously not. And my humble apologies if this comment represents too much by way of "book learin'", as referenced elsewhere. As a quick aside, I found that, and other comments, funny (haha funny - not Elephant Man funny). But I can only affirm that this comment is from life's experiences and nothing more...

Posted by: |mr|Darcy at June 9, 2005 11:46 AM

I think blogs are kind of boring without comments. Comments allow some kind of two-way, democratic discussion forum that makes them unique. I don't have much of a problem with trolls, but I've banned about two so far. It's like a bar, if you can't be a good drunk, get out. I'm almost more annoyed by trolls who post off-topic, and just blather on about something that has nothing to do with the entry. I delete all off-topic entries, regardless of who they are.

Anyway, good for you for not blocking comments.

Posted by: jimbo at June 10, 2005 5:12 PM
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