A few of you have received increasingly stern emails from me about the number and length of comments.
I thought it might be worth a post to explain why this is important.
I value the community that has developed here. The regular readers offer insight and perspective that adds value to my yammering. The occasional lurker stepping in to comment often provides fresh ideas.
We need both of those to keep the blog thriving.
If the regulars comment too often or at too much length, it discourages the more casual reader from reading, and worse, from participating.
And worse, the blog takes on the feel of a private club; one with insiders, regs, and inside jokes. No one wants to look foolish to a group, so people become afraid to comment.
That can NOT happen here. What we have built, all of us together, has too much value to sacrifice thoughtlessly.
So, please adhere to the rule of no more than three comments a day, each no more than 100 words.
If you want some guidelines on what to post: don't repeat what I said; don't repeat what a previous commenter said. Provide fresh information, or your own DIFFERENT perspective.
Jokes about Carkoon are fine.
Off topic is a little more dicey: generally any kind of news about a blog reader is welcome. Any kind of accolade for "our" authors here, also good.
Asking if people are attending a conference; looking for beta readers; all that is fine, but only ONCE. All the subsequent info sharing should happen elsewhere.
Most of you are just fine.
And you're the ones who are going to worry.
If you wonder if I'm talking about you, check how many times you commented this week. If it's more than six, I'm talking about you.
If you want to email me to see if you're in trouble: jetreidliterary at gmail will reach me.
Questions? Fire away.