Blog Comments, And My High HorseShareThis
A few words about negative comments left on my blog, or anywhere else. So lets get to it.
In some cases (and believe me, not all), I’m writing about things that matter to people, and taking a stance on those issues. Not everyone is going to agree with that stance, and it’s great when the writing can start a conversation between both sides of an issue. As my uncle recently pointed out, getting bad comments isn’t a bad thing – getting no comments is a horrible thing.
So here’s the comment that inspired these thoughts:
I love reading your blog Justin, but your little rant about Morency seems nothing but petty, it makes you look ridiculous, and makes you look like a horrible teammate. The guy was nice to you when your illustrious ECHL career brought you to Bridgeport, and you thank him by blogging that he’s a crappy player with little to offer in the professional ranks. Nice, dude. I admit I never got higher than Bantam A, went to UND for something other than hockey, and don’t know anything about a professional locker room, but that’s really shitty to rag on someone still with the organization.
And I appreciate the comment, as much as I disagree with it.
So for future reference, I’d like to qualify the rules of the relationship with my old teammates, and with my readers:
I’m not going to go all “Jose Canseco”. But, I am going to be honest about what I’ve seen and what I know. That’s my pledge to my readers on here, USA Today, The Hockey News, Hockey Primetime or anywhere else. I’ve got the advantage of being able to provide a player’s perspective. People read my blog for its candor and insight (and for the occasional chuckle). I think people appreciate that combination, partly because most players don’t take the time (or may not be able) to put down “what its like” on paper. And, I’m hoping by not pulling punches, people will want to read this stuff all the more.
I have the option to accept or delete comments on my blog, and I choose to never delete. In this case, I’ve decided to make it a whole entry and use this (to quote the President) as a “teaching point”. In no case (barring serious personal attacks or bad language) will I not accept a comment.
JETS PATRIOTS TODDDAAAAYYYYYYYY!
One last thing before I dismount my high horse.
The Clark Gillies Foundation is an um, foundation… put together by.. uh… Clark Gillies. Believe it or not.
Clark has raised volumes of money for children with physical (and financial) diabilities in the tri-state area. They’ve pledged to raise a million dollars, and have already built a pediatric wing in the Huntington Hopital.
If you’re in for a lil tear-jerker, this is the link to the video on the foundations facebook page. I highly recommend it. I also intend to link to their fancy new website (that I wrote the copy for, back-pat back-pat back-pat) when it’s up and running. That’s all for today folks. Back to sports tomorrow!