Don't be shy
Google Analytics tells me that this blog, unaccountably, has thousands of regular readers, only a handful of whom ever comment. You don’t need to be a wallflower. Come on in. The door’s open. The only obstacle is the irritating CAPTCHA feature.
Now you may be under the impression that the conversation is a private exchange between Picky and Patricia the Terse, but that is just not so. They are happy to talk with anyone. Or you may be apprehensive of provoking some extended rejoinder from Alex McCrae. But really, he’s tame.
Or you may shrink from the thought of criticism. We certainly allow spirited disagreement here. And, you may have noticed, it’s OK to zing me. The Terse One, on the strength of long acquaintance, can be sharp, and you enjoy the same privilege. But this is a civil little polity, and no one will insult you. If comments get abusive or insulting, they are deleted. It hasn’t been necessary to block anyone but spammers, but anyone who acts like a lout can expect to be escorted out.
Also, really, we don’t care about typos in comments, or slips in grammar or usage there. This is a conversation, not a damn dissertation defense, and, as Al Gore once told George W. Bush, there’s no need to get snippy.
So, don’t forget to write.