April 4th, 2006
kleenex days

no time for writing.
too many projects on my plate and a nasty cold have filled up my hours (the two don’t mix very well).
a quote will have to do for now.
let’s see, what’s on my desk?
today I feel I could use some Brenda Ueland, for the little pangs of crankiness that bite at my heels, (I wrote heals by mistake, hmmn.) I type quickly, balls of used kleenex sit waiting next to the computer screen. the rain falls steadily outside and I think of the many exciting things that are happening in my world currently. sometimes I need to physically stop and really allow myself to feel good about things I’ve accomplished, lest it all slips by unacknowledged.
“If they tell you it is bad and you still think in your soul that what you wrote is good, -if you find that you still believe what you wrote and feel it and it is true to you, then you must stand by it. And it might help to think of Beethoven who was stone deaf, and people said he made all those discords in his music because he could not hear correctly. But Beethoven knew that he intended those discords. He stood by them against the whole world. But you can see that this could not have been easy.”
a little nina simone always helps too.
addendum: I am considering taking the comments down from this site. There are many reasons for this, namely I feel that I am spending more energy than I would like reading, and responding to them. I am somewhat torn about this as I enjoy and value the feedback, and the forum-like atmosphere. Discussion is a wonderful thing. But I’m sure you can imagine that as an artist it can be difficult to have EVERYTHING you write or draw being ‘reviewed’ by hundreds of people. I know that this is in part the nature of putting work out into the world but blogging just makes it easier and more accessable for all.
I have thought that I can choose to not read them at times, but I am not very good at this, (curious I am by nature, trying not to read them only makes me want to read them more.) So I put it out there, what are your thoughts on this? Do comments really add to a site? Do you still read sites that are comment free and enjoy them?

Apr 4 2006
4:05 pm
Jodi writes:

Yes, I do read sites without comments and still enjoy them. If there is something I really want to say to the writer, I just email them. And, you could always take comments down for a few weeks and see how it goes (you might find yourself getting more emails than you would like…) and put them back up later if you choose.

Apr 4 2006
4:14 pm
Sabine S. writes:

As you hav probably noticed, I’m not one to comment on every single thing I read. Only when i really have something to say. And, like Jodi, I could just email the writer if I really need to. No matter what you do, I will definitely keep reading your blogs, as they are my favorite on the web :-) If you want to take off comments, that fine with me

Apr 4 2006
4:14 pm
Hashi writes:

As someone who has enjoyed your site for many months but never left a comment (until now!), it’s fine with me if you remove that feature. For me personally, blogging is not about getting validation, but about keeping me accountable to my commitment to daily creativity. It’s about the work, not about the comments. FYI, what it’s worth, I love your work!!

Apr 4 2006
4:17 pm
slierk writes:

Keri! First of all, feel better soon! Secondly, you could always play with opening comments on a post now and again — when you’re really interested in hearing input and such…. personally, I’d be concerned that a blog without comments (ever) would spur too many people to send you emails, which you’d feel obligated to read even more so than comments. Perhaps? I don’t know. I love the forum atmosphere of your blog, even though I don’t often post. Others’ comments can often add to your entries — because for so many of us you spark and add fuel to a creative fire. Thanks for all that you sketch, write and type. You’ll do what is best for you, and perhaps that will change week by week. Take care, and no matter what, keep posting!!!!! All the best, Sarah

Apr 4 2006
4:32 pm
Melissa writes:

I take blog holidays now as well as comment holidays where I shut my comments off for a while. There’s no two ways about it: blogging can make one feel like a ping pong ball at times. But great that you are the one in control of your own blog and can shut it on or off at whim. Hope you’re feeling better soon. :-)

Apr 4 2006
4:38 pm
vegasandvenice writes:

I am a newbie when it comes to commenting. For so long I was a lurker and was to shy to comment. Now I can’t stop. Every day people create amazing beautiful works of art with their hands or their pens. I like to let people know how much I appreciate them! I find it even harder to get up the courage to email!
Only you can truly decide whether or not you keep comments up and be assured that whichever choice you make that I support you. Please also know how much I appreciate you and the inspiration and joy that you bring to so many peoples lives on a daily basis!

Apr 4 2006
4:47 pm
Julie writes:

Hi there,
Again feel better. I agree with the group, the blog is about doing something creative, not interaction unless you choose to do it. I’ve read your blog for 2 years, and rarely comment, but If you were to take that section away, it would be okay with me. :)

Apr 4 2006
4:50 pm
jolene writes:

most days, it’s a lot for me to even GET to the site and read the blog, let alone comment. and i rarely, if ever, read other people’s comments. it’s usually just a fan-club of sorts and most comments serve as validation for the artist’s work.
i do think dialogue is important because without it, it can seem that the artist is only speaking to speak and not to share, which feels very different. but, perhaps you can create a new form of dialogue. you are so fantastic at invention – i wouldn’t put it past you.
best of luck and best of health,

Apr 4 2006
5:00 pm
maayan writes:

i just saw your blog for the first time,and all i have to say is *wow!*
you have no idea how much your posts inspired me, i feel like i can paint and write and play the guitar for ages now…
thank you!
as for today, we all must learn to stop and breath for a while… and of course, look back and smile, even if ‘back’ sucks.
and as for the comments- i think it’s great to let the person who’s reading here to express his opinions, people usualy appreciate it when they have a place to leave a massege.
wishing you the best,

Apr 4 2006
5:08 pm
lindsey writes:

i would still read your journal even without the comments! without a doubt. i say go for it.

Apr 4 2006
5:13 pm
Jen writes:

Your site brings so much joy to my life. I really enjoy reading everything you write.
You are are so inspiring…

Apr 4 2006
5:18 pm
Terri writes:

I would still read your blog, and others, if there wasn’t any comments. I hardly ever read the comments left by others.

Apr 4 2006
5:25 pm
amanda writes:

i would definitely still read your journal! what i do like about comments however is all the other wonderful people/blogs/art i find while reading them.

Apr 4 2006
5:26 pm
patricia writes:

I would certainly still read your journal, but I think it would be a shame to disable the comments. You’ve had some really interesting conversations on your blog in the past year or so, as you venture into new territory. I don’t always agree with what you say, but your ideas make me think, especially if I take the time to express my opinion on whatever you have posted that day.
Just my two cents.

Apr 4 2006
5:59 pm
donovan writes:

I have been visiting your site for about 5 years now (wow, has it been that long?). Sometimes I’ll miss weeks or months, but I always return….because, as so many before me have said, you have created an inspiring place to visit. I don’t really know how other blogs work, this is the only one I read. But I enjoy reading the comments sometimes, and also that this feature exists. However, I do not think that the site would suffer from the lack of it. I often see how much effort you put into responding to those who send word to you {and you have so warmly responded to me in the past : } , but I have also noticed how much your creative world has grown, and it is understandable to want to make room for this growth. As a fellow artist who is also taking on more work, I support your inclination to do so.
Being shy, I don’t usually post. Sometimes an issue you bring up will resound with me, but someone will have already posted something that covers what I would have said. Or I’ll read that you visited Cambria and smile because my boyfriend and I visit his mum up that way and pass through there sometimes. Or my best friend will take her dog to see a specialist in Davis, he’s a very sick puppy : (, but I smile when she tells me that the town is so charming she wants to move there. But these are pleasantries that I refrain from writing because I figure you’ve got enough to read. As Jodi said- if someone needs to get a hold of you they can email you. Since I’m already saying so much on this post though- thank you for sending the Period Chart so quickly ! : ) I can’t wait to start using it. Thanks!
It seems to me that whatever you choose to do about this, your site will still be providing a great deal.
Be Well,

Apr 4 2006
6:09 pm
art writes:

I’m glad you wrote this.. because I do think of bloggers like you (people who get a lot of comments) and wonder how you can manage time so well. I would want to read all the comments and respond and follow links etc.. but that might eat up my whole day. It’s nice to know how you feel about it. And just putting this out there will let people know you’re not ignoring what they say or.. not caring so much as you’re just trying to use your energy in the best way you can in order to still be productive. And yeah that thing about everything you do being reviewed has got to be something! Maybe you can have comment Fridays or something silly like that so it’s not all or nothing. Or just ask for feedback when you want it. Just an idea. The way I see it — any way that will make you more comfortable in putting your art out there in the world is the way to go. :)

Apr 4 2006
6:20 pm
sarai writes:

I would still read and enjoy without comments. I like having them, though. They are like a bit of community, a forum for us all to discuss what we have just read.
Ultimately, this is your corner of the internet and you must make it the best you can for what you’ve intended it to be. If it’s controlling you instead of the other way around, it might be time to make a change.

Apr 4 2006
6:31 pm
Azra writes:

As a blogger, I can certainly understand how you feel about comments. Sometimes all I want to do is throw up the post and move on. Then again, I am grateful for the folks who take the time to respond to my drivel. It makes me want to try a little harder, y’know? Not that it always works that way.
I’ll still come by and read what you write, keri, comments or no. Every now and then, though, I would like the opportunity to just say, “Hey, that’s just what I needed to hear. Thanks.”
Feel better soon. :-)

Apr 4 2006
6:48 pm
sally jane writes:

Hi Keri,
I think Rosie O’Donell (sp??) has the right idea.
On her blog: http://www.rosie.com she has a comment on/off option, so she chooses when to turn the feature on or off..
If you had this feature you could enable comments once a week, month, year- or whenever you felt like it..
Or, I also like Jen Gray’s setup- where she just lists her email address..
I think this changes the town square dynamic so to speak, but it still leaves you accessible without being overly so, if that makes sense?
Go with your instinct.

Apr 4 2006
7:02 pm
allison writes:

i say, put up the ability to comment when you feel like getting feedback, and when you don’t, leave it off. either way, i’ll still read. after all, i keep coming back to read YOUR words, not necessarily everyone elses.

Apr 4 2006
7:09 pm
Jamie writes:

I’ve kept my blog for about five years now, and some time in the past year I realized it had gotten to the point where the comments were hindering what I would write about on my site. Or rather, my anticipation of the feedback would affect my thought processes. I disabled the comments, supposedly temporarily, to find my own voice again. However, I’ve never regretted that move and the comments are yet to reappear. I still get feedback all the time through email, and I’ve realized that when people go through the “trouble” to email, their thoughts are a lot more important, or organized, or profound, or meaningful than the comments had been, and I know that I appreciate them much more without letting them affect me as much… if that makes any sense!
Anyway, I would definitely still read you without the comments. It’s an easy bet since I’ve been keeping up with your site for at least a year and this is the first one I’ve ever written! You are very considerate of others and yet stand up for your rights, so I am sure that whatever decision you make will be in that vein, and that is something I highly respect.

Apr 4 2006
7:19 pm
maryann writes:

i will happily keep on reading even if you disable comments!

Apr 4 2006
7:25 pm
herhimnbryn writes:

dear keri,
your blog, your choice!
like the others who have left comments, I will continue to visit to read your words.
be well.

Apr 4 2006
7:25 pm
Rebecca writes:

I like the comments. I will continue reading your blog whether you keep this section or not, though I must admit the comments here are the frosting on the cake, especially when you invite us in on the greater controversies. But keri, your blog is your blog, not ours. If you ask us if we want the comments, we decide. You decide.

Apr 4 2006
7:36 pm
shanna writes:

just give it a try and see what you think…hope you feel better soon. i’ll keep reading no matter what!

Apr 4 2006
7:49 pm
Vicki writes:

I visit for the art, I link to you (for my students) for the art, and I return for the art. So I basically visit… for you.

Apr 4 2006
7:54 pm
ellen writes:

I love reading your blog. If attending to the comments has become a burden, let that part go. The “comment energy” will find other channels of expression and ways to be!

Apr 4 2006
7:57 pm
Karen writes:

Skip the comments. I don’t read them since I go to your blog daily to see what you have created or read what you have written, NOT what others say or do.
Speaking as a fellow full-time (Canadian) professional artist, we must make choices to guard our time and energy so that we can make our art, live our lives, love our family and friends. This may mean not having a perfect house, a perfect body or a busy social life.
We can make more money, more friends, but not more time. What is the best use of your time in relation to your highest priorities?

Apr 4 2006
8:18 pm
Michelle writes:

I never, ever read the comments – I only care what I think about what you’ve written, not what anyone else thinks…

Apr 4 2006
8:21 pm
joanne S writes:

No comments is fine. We can still read and travel with you on your pathways. Comments are nice when you only get 1 or 2. 20 or more—not so nice.

Apr 4 2006
8:29 pm
eliane writes:

I have always wondered how you deal with so much cheerleading. I can understand your need to take them down. I’ll keep reading, as long as you keep your RSS.

Apr 4 2006
9:01 pm
jill writes:

i love your blog and look at it everyday to see what you are posting. i do read the comments as well, sometime they link to another great site.
But mostly, I want to see what YOU have to say and what art you are up to.

Apr 4 2006
9:51 pm
kelli ann writes:

i read sites with both; i defiinitely think that being able to comment adds to the experience *but* have stopped reading the lists and lists of comments before i add my 2 cents’ worth.
it does take up so much time. and the comment forum can be sometimes draining when they’re critical, and not constructive. even if it’s not my blog. it’s a time-waster for sure (she says as the hourhand creeps closer to 22h00). yikes! trust your own feeling

Apr 4 2006
9:55 pm
MARYBETH writes:

Hi Keri
It is of course a personal decision. I find that open commenting with responses from the blog author are the best and most lively and enriching blog’s.
There are a few blog’s I read regularly that do not involve comments and responses from the blog’s author. They are still interesting but to be honest , in mho-lack the energy and community that occurs when people dialogue with the author and with each other.

Apr 4 2006
10:20 pm
artsy souls writes:

there is something really wonderful about reading a clear stream of someone elses thoughts…especially if you admire them, and they inspire you (which you certainly do, Keri!). then having the oportunity to answer back is significant in it’s own way…we all want to be heard! just putting your thoughts out there where someone might be listening is a powerful thing. there is no pressure to read and answer all of those comments…we are all here to listen to one another, in this amazing space you created! we are so greatful to be a part of your WISH JAR JOURNALS. wouldn’t it be lonely without us?

Apr 4 2006
10:51 pm
beth maher writes:

I think it all depends on what kind of person/artist you want to be.
Some artists create best hidden away in obscurity with no critics to impede on their inner creative voice.
Some thrive on constant challenges to their work, making them approach things from many different angles.
Both are fine approaches to art, but in life it is probably best to find a middle way.
I myself am learning that it is ok to be critical, even if that means you have to listen to other critics every once in a while.
The internet definitely makes it an even harder lesson to learn.
But: It is impossible to exist in this world without stepping on a few blades of grass: without making decisions and coming to conclusions and going back and listening to other opinions and changing your mind.
It’s hard for anyone to have to listen to critics now and then (and I’m sorry if I’ve recently been one of them) but if you feel like reading back through all your hundreds of comments, you’ll note that 99.9 percent of them are absolutely glowing and more than suportive. So it can’t be all that bad.. but if it is, then go ahead and shut comments down.
No internet weblog is worth your misery.
Ultimately, what I think is unimportant.
It’s what would be most beneficial to you, as an artist and a person that’s important.

Apr 4 2006
11:01 pm
kathryn writes:

just a comment to say… i never read the comments on your site. i come here to read you, not what people think of you. hope that helps.

Apr 4 2006
11:05 pm
teresa writes:

i like getting comments on my journals. but i certainly don’t get the amount you do! i can see why it might seem daunting…maybe only allow comments sometimes?
either way, i just like reading and seeing what you do!
♥ teresa

Apr 4 2006
11:10 pm
Kerstin writes:

I still read your blog but have stopped reading the comments ever since they increased beyond 30. Although I like the dynamics and discussions they create, I find that reading them becomes too time consuming, both for the blog owner and his/her readers, after they reach a certain number which for me is roundabout 15. If you have that time, great! But most of us don’t really.
Give your readers the option to contact you via email and then turn off the comments and see how it goes. If you feel relieved and more able to focus your time on your art, then wonderful. If you miss the interaction, then put them back on.
Take care, Kerstin

Apr 5 2006
12:00 am
jen lemen writes:

i think you should take down comments when they are distracting you from your life/work/etc and put them up at will when you need a little company for your journey. personally i don’t read comments i think unless the post is controversial; most people also really hate it when comments get taken down for a more inspirational post because the content itself begs for a response. so you have to feel your way.
taking down comments at least for a little while almost always cures the blogger from checking email a hundred times a day to see what’s happening.
i think your site won’t suffer if you take down comments for a little while to catch your breath and not feel so pulled in a million directions.

Apr 5 2006
12:05 am
Crystal writes:

I agree–comments aren’t necessary on a site as widely read as yours. I most enjoy comments when I am reading a friend’s blog and other friends of ours comment. That’s about it, and any more than 10 start blurring together. Plus, we can always email you if we want to give feedback (and that means a little more effort, therefore a little more thought).

Apr 5 2006
12:21 am
K. writes:

I thoroughly enjoy comment-free sites. I usually regret clicking on your “comments”. It is not a satisfactory use of my time and energy. If I wanted to join a forum, I would go find one and opine away, or read and learn or help if I could . Although, if I hadn’t clicked this time I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to offer my opinion. How goofy. But you asked and I’m surprised at the strength of my feeling about this. So:
I’ve learned if you’ve received 10 or so comments it’s a kiss-keri-fest. Warm, fuzzy & tiresome. 25 or more responses and I wonder what on earth? Reading through those illuminates little and irritates a lot. Pissy, narrow-minded, selfish, mean blather is often offered as judicious evaluation. Eeew. The comments feature is not one of the gabillion ways to “Use This Post”. At least for me. Ignoring the comments has made your site more enjoyable for me. If you eliminate them, the tempation to look would be removed and I would thank you for that bit of support. I thank you for what you offer, not what your readers offer.

Apr 5 2006
1:50 am
jessa writes:

I posit that having the immediate comment option makes it more likely that someone will comment (as for me this moment) when having something less worthwhile to say. Getting rid of commentary means (I think) that only people with things they think are very important to say will put in the effort to contact you some other way. That is, I would not have looked for your email to send you this comment, but having the comment option, I did.

Apr 5 2006
3:09 am
Lynda writes:

I never read the comments. I visit the site because I find what you write inspiring.

Apr 5 2006
5:49 am
spiral writes:

keri, of the many things ive learnt from you, one of the most important has been to make time for myself.
[reading your site spurs me on, but the comments can slow me down when sometimes i just cant stop!]
so if you need to, shut off the comments and reclaim your time.
you’ll still feel the warmth and thanks we can’t help but send out in your direction everytime one of your pieces touches our heart, soul or laughter button.
(in case i cant say it again: thankyou! you’ll never know how much you’ve helped / cheered and inspired me)

Apr 5 2006
6:08 am
stella writes:

hi keri,
you shouldn’t feel bad about taking the comments down.
i know exactly the appreciation for all the thoughts from the readers that can also be an exhaustion sometimes, positive or negative.
sometimes you just have to be alone to regain some lucidity,
and to hear your own voice before it is clouded by others.
i’ve been reading your blog forever, and have never left a comment
(or have i?) – and learning endlessly from you. :)
xoxo stella

Apr 5 2006
8:02 am
otter writes:

I keep up with your blog reguarly, but I have never read the comments. (Until today, of course :~)
Call it an experiment, see how it goes. If people want to give you feedback, they can always email you.
The older I get, the more I tend to honor instincts. They have a heft and shouldn’t go unexamined.
And since I might not have the chance to leave this in a comment again, thank you so much for keeping up this blog and putting it out there for all us kooky strangers.

Apr 5 2006
8:53 am
Cameron Deyhle writes:

Hello, I found this blog through the “Ad Free Blog” owl image page. Isnt it a bit ironic that you have an ad on your site that links out to a book you are selling on amazon?
I was just wondering what the whole owl thing was about only to find that there are two sites linked on the bottom of that page. I find it ironic that you two have probibly made money because of all the free ad space you get on so many blogs. Ads that lead to your merchandise.

Apr 5 2006
9:01 am
Cameron Deyhle writes:

I wanted to comment again to clear up the comment below this one a bit. I am not angry or mad. This search came up because of a forum thread,http://elbo.ws/vanilla/comments.php?DiscussionID=211&page=1#Item_18
, on this topic. My thoughts are probibly better expressed within that thread than in the previous comment.

Apr 5 2006
9:49 am
lealou writes:

Hi Keri,
I wanted to say that I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and although I come to read it for your inspiring prose, I love seeing who else is reading your site as well. I think your comments section creates a central network to many other artists. I have found some great sites from reading your comments. That being said, that’s not why you have a site I suppose. If you’re torn about taking the comments section down, I always tell people to try it to see how you like it — if you go into withdrawal you can always bring it back up again!

Apr 5 2006
10:21 am
courtney writes:

I say it’s your site, you should do what you want. Besides, you can always turn them back on if you do want comments. I rarely read them, myself.
Love your blog, as always, comments or not!

Apr 5 2006
10:30 am
Poppy writes:

I come to this site daily. Only to read what YOU have to say. I almost never read a comment, mostly they are mini-posts of support about the topic you’ve written about. Not that I’m insulting what othershave written here, because indeed, there are very smart, intelligent folks who play here and they do make useful comments. But primarily, I am here to check in with YOU, and in my efforts to maximize my time, I just don’t bother to check the comments. So if it helps you to turn them off, do it. You can turn them on for occassional entries that you actually want feedback. But day-to-day, it’s probably not necessary.

Apr 5 2006
10:38 am
Jodi Lynn writes:

Keri, I have your blog listed under a bookmarked section entitled “Read Daily”, and I would still read your blog with or w/out the comment feature.
I do comment sometimes, and read others comments, as time/interest permits — but if it went away I’d respect your choice.
Sometimes it’s a fanclub sort of feeling in the comments, but other times it’s actual meaningful discussion — which I would miss.
I have appreciated the POSSIBILITY of commenting, even if I don’t always post. As another poster said, often someone else has already stated similar views to my own, and I refrain from a “me too!” sort of post.
I completely understand the feeling that you need/want to read all the comments, and the energy-sucking that that would entail!
If you have the on/off option, that may be the best idea.
Just my 2cents worth…
Kind regards,
Jodi Lynn
p.s. And, a positive thought — with comments off, the annoying spam would go away!!!

Apr 5 2006
11:01 am
keri smith writes:

You did not leave an email so that I could respond to your comments.
please read the following posts for my feelings and views on the subject.

Apr 5 2006
11:35 am
keri writes:

What perfect timing to find your blog. I have made a copy for my studio of your “miserable artist” how to be. Where do I sign up to get your blogs..thank you for sharing.

Apr 5 2006
12:17 pm
wendy writes:

i just wanted to let you know that my very dear friend recommended your blog to me and i have been loving it. i especially like your list of thigns to do. i’ve been doing some of them. i will continue to love your attitude, writing, and ideas whether you let me comment or not. you are wonderful.

Apr 5 2006
12:42 pm
Gayla writes:

I removed comments from my personal site quite a while back and while I did regret losing the feeling of community they generated, I did not miss all the wasted time dealing with comment spam and malicious commenters. In the end what really gave me the push was the realization that comments didn’t make sense based on what I was trying to achieve with the site. I also found that at times I was responding to the feedback in a way that was contrary to my aim… i.e. finding myself assigning value on my work based on audience reaction. Often times the work that got more attention wasn’t necessarily what mattered most to me.
People can still make contact by email and I find for the most part that the correspondence I get via that method is more thought-out and meaningful. And of course you can always turn comments on for specific entries if you choose.
Comments or no comments, it doesn’t matter to me as a viewer. I am drawn by the work, your thoughts, and your sharing of your process.

Apr 5 2006
12:53 pm
Cameron Deyhle writes:

Thanks for your response. I thought I had included my email. It looks like it is there right now, but incase, camerondeyhle[at]yahoo[dot]com. I do appreciate your time in responding to my comments. And in reading my second comment, I still think I did not do a good enough job in clearing up my heart and intentions in writing the first comment. My mind started pondering after reading a thread that was started on http://www.elbo.ws/vanilla titled “Ad Free Blogs”. My thoughts about the “Owl Logo” are that I think they are too focused on the whole blogging community instead of stating something like “my blog doesnt do such n such because i feel it would affect my blog”. (sorry for the bad wording and example). I feel this would help to reinforce the idea of selfaccountability, if that is even the issue (which I guess it may be for some people, similar to a chainsmoker putting up a nosmoking zone sign in their house).
My hunch is that the general blogging public views the owl logo in one of 3 ways when they see it on a blog.
1. Hey, I agree and either have the same logo on my blog or should get it on my blog asap.
2. I dont have ads but could care less, this looks like work to get this image and link on my site.
3. Hey!, I have ads on my site! Is this a personal attack against my site? But I have this good reason or this good reason for having ads on my site.
The concern should be placed on the third response. If they are seeing it as a personal attack, what are the odds of them removing their ads?
Another thought, does the ad mean that the non advertising blogger doesnt support/appreciate/value the advertising blogger? The owl would make one think this is the case. But then why do they have the blog with ads on their site within their sidebar link area? This, in my mind, overides the owl logo and makes me think most people with the logo on their site are misinformed with the three points the owl stands for,
By using this icon on my website I am stating…
1. That I am opposed to the use of corporate advertising on blogs.
2. That I feel the use of corporate advertising on blogs devalues the medium.
3. That I do not accept money in return for advertising space on my blog.
the author
So, either they only agree with 1/3 or 2/3 of the 3 points or agree with all three points but still really really want to show some link love to other bloggers.
Within this post, http://www.kerismith.com/blog/archives/000299.html, there is the image of a girl stating “this is an ad-free blog.” In my mind, this makes much more sense than the owl logo with the three points and I would probibly argue is what most bloggers with the owl on their site actually feel about the topic.
I have read the three links you posted in your comment but am wondering if you could further explain your thoughts and opinions on the “Ad-Free Blog Owl” idea. Maybe what lead you and Jeff Pitcher to the point of creating it and more specifically what lead you to deciding on the three points and the specific wording especially. And what your thoughts and opinions are now, are they the same as when you created it or different?
Again, this format of communication lacks in emotion. My writing and the way i spell things bad (on purpose) for emphasis. :) My reasons stem from curiousity and wishing to know more.
Thanks for your time and effort,
Cameron Deyhle

Apr 5 2006
1:17 pm
patricia writes:

Actually, I agree with K. regarding the “Warm, fuzzy & tiresome” comments. I tend to skip over those most of the time. But when you touch on engaging topics, like say, your views on advertising on blogs, I really enjoy the dialogue that ensues.
So perhaps what others have suggested, disabling comments when you see it necessary. In the end, it’s your blog to do with what you wish. But like I said, I do enjoy the more engaging discussions.

Apr 5 2006
2:36 pm
lori z writes:

it sounds like you know what you want to do. go with your gut. sometimes it really good to shake things up.

Apr 5 2006
2:42 pm
Lesley writes:

I read and enjoy comment-free sites. I don’t think comments add to the value of anyone’s site content. It’s almost like a high-school popularity contest. Just make your posts and forget about the comments.

Apr 5 2006
2:57 pm
Alex writes:

I think you should do whatever feels right to you at this time, but I would really miss them truly. I have come across many sites I never would have otherwise because I was reading comments that struck or touched me left here. Your site attracts such a beautiful, wide array of people and I’ve enjoyed reading comments and feelings, responses generated by your thought-provoking, challenging opinions and ideas. I’ll miss it but thats okay. I’m just glad you’ll still be blogging.

Apr 5 2006
3:31 pm
ani writes:

maybe a 50/50 solution? allow comments for posts that encourage discourse but for other posts, leave them off. i enjoy commenting on blogs but am happy to just read too. if i had something i really needed to share with the author, email is still an option.
you seem to get more than your fair share of comments so i can understand being overwhelmed!

Apr 5 2006
3:31 pm
Michael Locker MD writes:

Good perspectives!
Michael Locker MD

Apr 5 2006
4:55 pm
Cerella writes:

I just received your book from Amazon.com and I love it!!!

Apr 5 2006
8:15 pm
Serkea writes:

I read and enjoy comment free sites, but seeing what other people have responded with is enjoyable too.
Like some others have said — whatever feels right to you!

Apr 5 2006
10:58 pm
cat writes:

I read a site based on whether or not the writing speaks to me in some way, not because of the comments system or lack thereof. I love having the opportunity to give direct feedback to the site’s owner, but I understand with a site as popular as yours that a large volume of comments can become overwhelming. Personally, I think you need to do whatever is best for you; I can’t imagine anyone feeling “wish jar journal” is lacking simply due to lack of ability to comment.

Apr 6 2006
12:54 am
Gen writes:

Hi Keri, put me down as another person who rarely reads comments & wouldn’t miss them. Having only skimmed the 67 you’ve gotten so far, I don’t know if anyone’s suggested yet that you turn them on only if you want to ask _us_ something. Like Dooce did the other day. I’ll bet she was sorry! ;-) Take it easy!

Apr 6 2006
7:12 am
Hasti writes:

hello Keri,
I read comments too.
I can understand your feeling and how much it is hard to pay attention to lots of people with different tastes.
But I love reading them, it seems that I can read
opinions of lots of people all around the world and use their experiences. Their are always good comments too.
Thank you

Apr 6 2006
7:48 am
Anja writes:

I read your site before comments, and I’ll keep reading after you’ve turned them off :)

Apr 6 2006
8:18 am
Laura writes:

Almost the only time I ever read the comments are when you mention something that people are commenting on. And I don’t know if I’ve ever left a comment before this one. So I wouldn’t miss the comments at all if you took them down.

Apr 6 2006
10:00 am
Danette writes:

Take them off. You are at a point where you have established quite a fallowing, and certainly (of course no offence to the regular commenters) have better uses for your time…like relaxing! dancing, having sex, whatever.
There is also the point that opening up for comments invites the good in with the bad, sadly. I’m so tired of reading people try to corner you into hypocracy with your choices (ad or no ad, blah blah) It’s a chicken way to make a point, as the best points are through positive actions, not wanking off on someone who is fallowing her values with great honesty.
Your site is an anchor for me.
Thank you so much for writing, for being you.
You deserve some time to yourself. The folks who have something important to say, can do it thoughtfully, in an email. This eliminates those who are attracted to the attention a mean comment can induce in a public forum. When you tell a child they are allowed to swear but only in the bathroom (my friend did that to her son) the novelty wears off, because the audience is gone.
Perhaps you have this already, but have you thought about a post box where fans can mail you postcards and stuff? Much more fun. Much more effort. You deserve some art BACK. A wonderful walk to the mailbox.
Thanks again,

Apr 6 2006
10:42 am
bimacs writes:

Keri!…. if you are reading this comment :)…. I’ve been a fan of your art/writing and have been visiting your site for 4-5 years now. Like so many of your other readers have said, I rarely have left a comment and even more rarely read the comments. I care about what you have to say when I come here and that’s it. So comments or no, I will continue to enjoy visiting you.

Apr 6 2006
2:17 pm
Amber writes:

Just another voice to say that we’re all mostly here to see what YOU have to say. I rarely open the comments to a post on ANY of the blogs I read. Not because I don’t like the comments or the commentors, but I’m here to see you. Yes, there can be a community that comes along with having commentors, but I get the idea that you’re here for yourself, to put yourself out there, to be yourself and to share what you’re learning and doing and being and to remind yourself of that. That doesn’t mean that you are or have been or seem to be a “closed” person, but if the comments are interfering with your blog mojo, ditch ‘em, baby. I bet most of us are here for YOU, and if there are a few people who stop coming by because they can’t give you static – who needs ‘em?

Apr 6 2006
3:39 pm
Diana writes:

Comments or no, I’ll come read still.
But I do love reading the comments on your posts (significantly more so than most blogs). You’ve got a good, thoughtful following, as a group.
In general I like the fact that comments help keep blogs “webby” — literally, with a fresh batch of links to so many new blogs with every post for potential exploration. To me, it’s one of the most serendipitous ways of finding a new blog to read, or just a nugget of a delightful post here and there.
Either way, do what’s best for you, of course! (fortuntely is a decision you can make over and over, if need be)

Apr 6 2006
3:41 pm
theo writes:

Keri, I always find something beautiful or thought provoking on your site that resonates deeply for me. I have been reading your blog daily for the last three years. I love your writing, your point of view and your art. I enjoy reading the comment section as well and do so regularly. I find the comments on your site particularly interesting. I am one of those who takes the time to read this section because of the quality of the responses here – which I think is a direct reflection on the quality, beauty and gifted nature of your writing. In many instances your writings and your art bring out the best in others, the comment section becomes a format, an outlet or canvas, there is a beautiful gift in that for all of us as well. I enjoy the sense of world community the responses generate and I am fascinated with encountering other points of view, experiences, other sites and references in response to your posts – I would not have encountered them otherwise. I hope you keep the comment section.

Apr 7 2006
12:34 am
Miss Dot writes:

after 76 comments I was tempted not to leave one. Didn’t want to give you more work to do. My vote goes for turning them off and on as you feel… what we need is a blog function that allows say 10 comments to be left for one week after which it closes them permanently. Would stop those pesky spammers. So thats my two cents worth. Love your blog, you do what makes you happy, it is your blog, we are just lucky visitors.

Apr 7 2006
1:24 am
Libby writes:

this will be the only comment I ever leave for you.Turn them off.I really like your work,but get so annoyed by the “community” of on line viewers who are overly attached to you, or hold some sense of ownership, and feel it neccesary to voice opinions about everything you do. If you’ve got something to say, start your own fricken blog. I don’t read the comments unless you specifically reference them,and then I tend to tune out of your world for some weeks until the drama passes and you get back to doing the good work of living and making art. If you want our advise about how you run your life and your blog,here it is: I think the comments are distracting you from better things.

Apr 7 2006
4:43 am
Linus writes:

Just to add – I hardly ever read the comments unless you mention them. Sometimes I find them quite syrupy and sickly-sweet so it’s certainly not why I visit your site. I come here because I like your writing and how you share your artwork and thoughts on the creative process etc. I don’t think they add anything at all.

Apr 7 2006
7:24 am
katie writes:

turn them off Keri – we come to read you – not the sicophants
is that how you spell sicophants?

Apr 7 2006
7:50 am
charlie writes:

i don’t mind, i come to read your thoughts and inspirations… but often i have also found inspirations, quotes, and links to other sparkly people from comments.
i like the idea of you turning them on or off whenever you feel, or perhaps asking people to keep them short/setting a limit?
hugs, charlie :) x

Apr 7 2006
12:23 pm
Banksy writes:

thought you might like these videos Bannksy put up on his site. The advert one in particular made me chuckle.

Apr 7 2006
12:34 pm
eliane writes:

Sycophant, had to look that one up. Indeed!

Apr 7 2006
12:44 pm
creeped out by sycophants? writes:

So a lot of people think there’s a problem with sycophants here?..interesting. Maybe it’s just natural to praise someone who inspires you..but yeah i can see how people could interpret it as being creepy.

Apr 7 2006
1:06 pm
blarney... writes:

turn ‘em off
whatever you wish
just keep creating!

Apr 7 2006
3:06 pm
grateful writes:

I never thought of myself as a sychophant before. I’ve never equated being inspired and deeply appreciative of someone’s work as a form of a** kissing. I wrote a comment in response to the question on comments, something I rarely do. I was well intended and sincere. Perhaps I was too effusive in my comment. I never considered that being deeply moved and expressing said feelings warranted a sychopant status.
This is a great blog Keri, a lot of interesting things here. I genuinely like the writing and the comments. You’ve written about listening to your inner voice. I imagine you will carefully determine what is best for you.
Hope you feel better soon.

Apr 7 2006
7:49 pm
Leonie writes:

just wanted to share i personally like comments ~ when i am looking for new sites to read, i go to the comments and pick the links from there of who seems interesting. it’s like an add on community of sorts. judging by the directing links to my site, i think others do the same.
do what feels right to you hon.
live your life as authentically as you can/wish/desire.
deep blessings,

Apr 8 2006
2:57 am
Barb writes:

Ah, grass is always greener…I’d about kill to have the quantity of comments you have. And without the comments, you lose the ability to interact with new ‘faces’ or find their blogs…you miss a certain crucial element. I stopped reading Dooce because she doesn’t allow comments, and as much as I love some blogs, I tire of them if they don’t ever respond. And responses in the comments section just pisses me off. Too lazy. I find comments and links the essence of blogging (too many people are jumping on the remove-the-links bandwagon). I have another blog for venting that no one knows about…but my crafting blog is way more important. It’s interaction. It’s learning new things. It’s not ‘everything’, but it’s way up there.

Apr 8 2006
10:08 am
robyn writes:

I read your site for what you say, not the comments anyway. If it will lift a weight, get rid of them.

Apr 11 2006
11:47 am
Tami writes:

I personally enjoy reading your blog. I seldom take the time out to thank you by commenting on the topics you cover although there are many times that I say it. You may not be able to hear it but know that what you do is extremely “useful” to fellow artists like myself. If you no longer wish to allow comments, so be it. I’ll still read you anyway as I have for as long as this blog’s around.

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