Thursday 07 August 2003

Did you miss me?

I’m blogging again. As I told a friend the other night, I realized how much—just like Ray Davis—I love the form. Not the link+quote+comment, time-stamped in reverse-chronological order form, but Steve Himmer’s changing and shifting over time, trying out new positions, refuting them, reclaiming them; trying on voices and faces form as well as the crossbreeding fiction, essayistic speculation, and autobiography in a linear notebook rather than a linear narrative form (Susan Sontag’s description of Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge), which is how I see what I’m doing here.

During my two month hiatus from blogging I didn’t look at weblogs at all—until a trackback notification email from Burningbird alerted me to the controversy about annotating someone else’s comments on your blog, which led me to the fracas about rewriting or deleting weblog entries (aka accountability and the Winer Watch).

Since I’ve been troubled by the steady rise of spam in my comments, I thought it might be useful to implement a comment policy. Given that Burningbird has broached the subject of removing weblog archives entirely, and given that I have no qualms about rewriting entries nor the slightest commitment to notions of journalistic truth in weblog entries, I thought it would be helpful to explain my position regarding weblog ethics. I could then link to each of these posts in the “About” section of the navigation bar and get back to writing autobiographical essays with fictional traces.

Since the posts about comments and ethics are lengthy, here’s the executive summary:

  • Comments
    • Comments will not be edited or annotated.
    • Spam and wildly off-topic or abusive comments will be removed.
    • Comments may not be enabled for some entries and might be closed after a period of time for other entries.
    • Trackbacks will be subject to a more relaxed interpretation of the comment rules.
  • Weblog entries
    • Entries will be truthful although they may not always be factual.
    • Entries may be added to and rewritten at my discretion, whilst preserving the essence of the original version.
    • Entries will not be deleted (so that permalinks are preserved) although they may be removed from the site navigation.

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Yes, I did miss you, mate. Welcome back, to whatever this place us pixelghosts inhabit is.

Posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on 7 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

Hoofrigginray! Welcome back!

Posted by steve on 7 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

Welcome back, Jonathon.

I guess it took a computer crash to make me realize you were back to publishing.

Posted by Loren on 8 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

Yes indeed, you were much missed. Welcome back, and enjoy your renewed stay in Upper Blogovia!

Posted by language hat on 8 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)


Glad you're back!

Posted by Pascale Soleil on 8 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

Indeed you were missed Jonathon. Welcome back!

Posted by The Dynamic Driveler on 8 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

Welcome back, you have been missed. I support your ethical stance as well.

Posted by Jeff on 8 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

Wow--I'm really glad to see you're back! Something else to be grateful for!

Posted by Pete on 8 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

What I am dying to know is: What did it feel like, to you, to have a two month hiatus? (I realize, however, that I don't know how much of a compulsive web(log) surfer and writer you are or were, so that question might not make any sense to you.) I took merely a week's break of web(log) surfing, and that alone felt somewhat surreal yet very good, but that's mostly because I have a bad case of web addiction, so.

Posted by Jarno Virtanen on 8 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

Jarno, your question makes perfect sense since I was an utterly obsessive/compulsive weblogger (perhaps, God forbid, I still am -- despite the two month break).

Before I took some time off, I was either writing weblog entries, thinking about entries to write, worrying about entries I'd already written, reading other weblogs, leaving comments on other weblogs, etc...

We'll see how it goes, this time around. But I can tell you one thing: it's lovely to be back.

Posted by Jonathon on 8 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

Welcome back Jonathon. You've only been back a couple of days and you have already got me wishing I was back in Sydney.

Posted by Andy Todd on 8 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

Welcome back!

I applaud your decision not to delete Entries in order to preserve permalinks. You may want to consider leaving yourself the option of redacting an Entry though (in addition to removing it from the site navigation), as a last resort.

Posted by Michael Bernstein on 9 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

Welcome back Jonathon.

Posted by Mike Sanders on 9 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

As usual, I'm a day late. I've just learned of your return. No matter--my delight is not diminished. It's never too late to enjoy your great blog! You've brought back some smiles to Blogaria.

Posted by Tom Shugart on 9 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

Welcome back, Jonathon! Greetings from a New England Yankee on tour in Britain!

Posted by AKMA on 9 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

Welcome back Jonathan :)

Posted by Karl on 9 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

Great to see you're back. I had been checking your weblog regularly, just in case... And had almost given up. Never lose faith, huh?

Posted by dda on 10 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

Welcome back! I too, was checking your site almost every day, with hopes you had returned! So, I'm glad you're here again.

Posted by Clint on 12 August 2003 (Comment Permalink)

This discussion is now closed. My thanks to everyone who contributed.

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