Running seabythecity really hasn’t been that much fun lately. How can I be motivated to continue this little hobby of mine when I’m being accused of censorship (give me proof that unreasonably censored a comment). Or when I see neighbors bullying each other in the comments. Or when I read how this blog is construed as a breeding ground for negativity. Or when private individuals and/or local businesses are mentioned in an unfair and disparaging way. I sometimes wonder why the heck I even bother doing this….
A former-prominent city worker once told me how he loved seabythecity because it not only was a great place to get feedback on local issues, but also found the criticisms to be very constructive. That feedback meant a lot to me and was prime motivation to keep seabythecity as place of progress, not regress. (e.g. Trucks on the boardwalk: Don’t just say that sucks. Say why I think it sucks and offer alternatives.)
It’s really hard creating topics that I think are interesting for discussion. I am very lucky to say how the majority of you who comment do so with endearing and captivating viewpoints & contributions. I seriously love my readers and always appreciate when you contact me with new thread ideas and bits of news or rumors. It’s just those few who are the party poopers.
While I am not responsible with what you write, I still have to moderate when I am notified of an issue. Those who’ve been following the blog for a long time know how I let the conversations flow. I also welcomed many viewpoints on various topics. Moderating is normally not my thing, but we have gotten to the point where I am forced to it (when I am notified of an issue).
In an effort to deal with the bullying, I tried disqus, a widely-used commenting system on many blogs and websites. Self-moderating and extra features seemed like a great way to bring order to this blog. Well, that didn’t work. Stupid me; the system was implemented days before I left on a long vacation where I had no internet access whatsoever. I came back to Long Beach greeted with an inbox filled with emails complaining about the disqus system. Yes, you people have spoken. We are back to our old commenting ways. I apologize to those who created disqus accounts. Yes, It was a buggy failure, but at least I tried.
I actually grew a pretty thick skin running seabythecity over the years, so I’m going to just deal with the bullying on a case-by-case basis. If somebody has an issue, please email me. I do not get to read every single comment that is posted here. I’m also bored with this blog and need motivation or inspiration to continue it. Expect to see a plethora of redesigns, wacky threads (if you don’t like it, don’t read it) and maybe even advertisements. If topics don’t motivate me, perhaps the money will. Oh, and on commenting: Please just try to be nice to your neighbors. That’s all I ask for. I can be testy myself sometimes, so I’m going to give it a valiant effort as well.