I’m going to be migrating my site to a new host over the next several days, so fewer posts and updates, and probably some downtown. I’ll be back up as soon as humanly possible.
I added a comments feed to my site last night, in case some rare person out there might be interested in hearing what others have to say about my site, like the homophobes and weird flamers who occasionally troll by and leave hate messages that I promptly delete. I don’t get too many comments on the site, although weirdly, I have tons of traffic. I guess I don’t solicit people’s opinions much, really.
For those of you who may not know, (pardon me while I explain to my mom, people) a feed is a link that people can add to newsreader. A newsreader is a piece of software similar to an email reader (like Outlook), which will automagically pull down all new site entries into the reader, so people don’t have to constantly look at my site for new stuff. It makes it convenient to catch up on websites you read regularly — the reader just displays whatever is new and tells you how many updates each site has.
I personally subscribe to 183 different site feeds, because I’m farkin’ nuts, really. I’ve been using the Newsfire Reader for a long time, but it’s starting to be buggy, so I’m in the process of testing out the online reader Bloglines, because Matt uses it, and I always do what Matt does.
Commonplacebook.com has been in existence since 1994. Originally, the site was up at a URL at my service provider because it was really expensive to own a domain name in those days. In 1996, I bought the URL – commonplacebook.com.
Commonplace book (n.): an edited collection of striking passages noted in a single place for future reference. There was a time when commonplace books were a popular way for civilized men and women to record striking passages they found in their reading. Who can forget the electrifying effect that some thoughts have on us when we encounter them for the first time? The commonplace book is a way of memorializing those striking passages so that one can return to them for renewed inspiration.
My Policy on Site Comments
I very much appreciate people leaving comments on pages on this site. I love it that people other than myself read stuff here and are moved by it in one way or another.
Commonplacebook.com is my personal website, so I think of it as my real estate. I pay the bills to keep the site running, so it’s really not a “public forum,” but more like my front yard. If you bring me a plant for the porch, I’ll cherish it. But if you graffiti my house, I’ll clean it up.
So basically, I reserve the right to edit or delete comments that bother me in any way. If that’s upsetting to you, I’m sorry. You certainly have the right to start your own site and express your opinions there. I’d probably even read it every day.