Comments Policy

What’s a blog without juicy comments from blog readers and subscribers?

I hope you’ll act on that impulse to comment on the entries you read. That’s what the “Comment” box is for. And it’s easy. Just click on “Leave A Comment” at the bottom of the post, type your comment into the comment box, then click “Submit Comment.”

I want you to know, though, that all comments are moderated. That means I see them before anyone else does. It also means I have the option of canceling or editing a comment. I might do this if:

  • A comment is more like a personal note that has little general interest for those who visit or subscribe to this blog. If you post a personal note to me in the comments box, you’ll hear back from me, but you may not see your note posted on the blog.
  • Harsh language or profanity is included in a comment. I don’t kill a comment just because it is laced with hate speech or expletives. If there’s substance to a comment and that can be salvaged with a reasonable amount of editing, it’ll probably get posted in edited form.
  • The length of a comment is excessive. 200 words is the limit in most cases. For longer comments, you may want to post your reflections at your own blog, then use trackback to direct your readers to my blog.
  • There are typos or grammatical mistakes. I’ll correct these before a comment shows up on the blog. You make me look good when you post quality comments. I return the favor with careful proffreading—I mean proofreading. I may even alter the diction or syntax, if it will help.
  • A lengthy comment is written as a single paragraph. I’ll probably break it into smaller paragraphs, to make your comment more reader-friendly.

If the editing of a comment is extensive, I’ll make a note of that at the end of the comment. I will never intentionally alter the basic meaning of a comment that is approved for posting to my blog.

One More Thing

When you post a comment to my blog, you are granting me the right to edit your comment, and to use and display it however I choose to, in perpetuity.

Reading Groups: Bring the Kids

How do you encourage your kids to read? How do you find friends for your kids who read? What can you learn from your kids who read? How do you train your kids to think and talk about what they read?

There are many answers to these questions. But there’s one answer that covers them all: If you’re part of a reading group, schedule one meeting each year or every six months to include the kids.

I got this idea from a blog post by Kyle Design, who writes about how to start a reading group. Kyle says, “Include the Kids: Once a year we select a book that we will read to our kids, then bring our kids to our book group to discuss it. We all really want to instill our own love of reading to our children.”

I like this concept. This may even be a reason for parents of young children to get involved in a reading club. By participating in a reading group event with their parents, kids will learn new ways to think about reading. Parents will get insights from their children about the reading they do. And because other kids of about the same age will be at the meeting to talk about the same book, the kids will have the opportunity to make friends with peers who read. This is one way for parents to put the power of peer pressure to work for a good cause—on the principle that friends who read don’t let friends who read lose interest in reading.

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