I have always been a fan of Jon Acuff. We started our blogs around the same time, though I suspect his daily readership is just a tiny bit larger than this one. (He also backdated his early posts, so early visitors ended up seeing what appeared to be a work already in progress.)
I reviewed his book not once, not twice, but three times on blogs I write or administrate. I’ve linked to him many, many times here. Plus, I created a sidebar advertisement for the book which appeared on those same three blogs.
But I couldn’t help but notice several months ago that the recent comments I was leaving on the blog were not appearing.
Then, last week, Jon wrote about the fact that sometimes his wife sees some rather hurtful comments online before he does. He then went on to talk about how sometimes these comments are simply intended to wound or discourage.
I figured that was as good a time as any to both (a) suggest that it is equally hurtful when valid, positive comments are excluded; and (b) to thereby test the waters to see if that comment might actually appear. I didn’t copy and paste the comment before sending it, but I think I ended up by saying that no matter what else, I have always been and will always be supportive.
I think Jon Acuff is a brilliant writer who is genuinely funny and yet, at the same time has a real heart for people, a phrase he would probably have some fun with. I have been thrilled to introduce his book and his blog to a number of people this year.
But I am currently being blocked from participating in that particular blog community.
Without knowing why.
Do you have any Christian blogs where your comments have been blocked without any particular provocation on your part? Did you stop reading those blogs, or are you still a fan nonetheless?
Graphic: Today’s graphic is actually from Facebook (which I’m not on) not any blogging network. I fully empathize with anyone who has been so blocked without reasonable justification.
Elsewhere on this blog:
- a piece defending humor and satire from Oct. 15/10
- my review of SCL the book from Mar. 29/10
- my frustration when a comment was pulled from SCL written Feb. 3/10
- my original preview of the book dated Jan. 17/10
- my original unconditional recommendation of the SCL blog on May 15/08
- dozens of references to SCL — all positive –in the Wednesday Link Lists
- in the above chronology, note that the glowing review in March was written after I already knew my comments weren’t appearing (see the comments there as well, I’m not the only one) — the book review is grace, Jon; …grace in action…