A Word on Commenting

2008/04/23 at 8:03 am | Posted in Commentary, Thoughts, weight loss | 4 Comments

Although this blog has yet to receive one legitimate comment (and I’m beginning to wonder if it’s having any impact on anybody at all), I’d like to throw out a few words about them. Here’s why.

First, anybody can comment. Feel free to do so, but…

Up to now, I’ve been getting nothing but spam for comments and some of them try the I’ve-been-reading-your-blog approach by adding a few keywords that are germane to this blog’s content or that specific post (“I see you use Traineo, too!”).

All those attempting to have their say should know that I moderate all potential comments and I am alerted via e-mail when one arrives. From there I determine if it’s spam or not.

If you would like to leave a comment, by all means do so. But I’d appreciate it if your comment meets the following criteria:

  • Links must be to a legitimate blog, not one trying to sell stuff
  • If you don’t have a blog or Web site, have a legitimate e-mail (I won’t sell it–promise) or make one up if you don’t feel safe about it
  • Content must be relevant to the post or blog in general, and should not contain advertising on how I can “drop the pounds overnight” by taking some “miracle” drug

That’s pretty much it. If they do not meet either of those specifics then you can bet they will be discarded immediately, especially the diet supplement ads. I refuse to be a shill for somebody trying to push their so-called “miracle pills” as I am not taking any supplements on this journey. (It’s 100% will power and determination for this guy.) I don’t believe in them and unless you’re willing to cut me a nice check and send me a ton of free samples to try them out, you shouldn’t bother trying to disguise your comment as being real and expect it to be posted. I do realize that most of those “comments” are automated but if they aren’t, please don’t waste your time.

As far as advertising goes, the products on the right were purchased with my own money and I get nothing in return from the manufacturers, which means I can criticize them if need be.

Hope this clears things up. And today’s weight was 237.8 πŸ™‚


  1. It is sad that folks can not make a genuine comment….
    Looking at your sight All I can say is keep it up, in my case i had two huge parents to remind me why i had to eat well, and managed to dodge the bullet(so far). In a world of now now now, it is nice to see somebody taking a realistic approach based on a healthy lifestyle.
    kudos to you
    / i will be getting off your lawn now

  2. See, this is what I’m talking about. Somebody took the time to say something meaningful and not sell crap!

    Thanks for the words. I appreciate them a lot. It hasn’t been easy as this journal will convey, but it’s been worth every brutal, harsh step. As I preach constantly here, diets don’t work. Only a healthy lifestyle will give you the (permanent) results you want.

    And I take it you found me via Fark πŸ™‚

  3. I have not read any of your blog except this post…I see we have a few things in common. One is our communication style. I don’t know what the latest description is of it, but when talking with others I have a tendency to be a ‘steam roller’. I roll right over the conversation and leave no opening for anyone to have a differing opinion or comment. Works for me of course, but not many others.

    Good luck on your goal! It looks like you are on the right track and will make it easily.

  4. @ Michael,

    If you think I’m blunt on this blog, you should see me personal blog. I pretty much have a no-holds-barred approach on that one whereas I’m a bit reserved on this one.

    Thanks for the comments. I’m fairly confident that I will reach my goal and maybe even before my expected date. As I long as I refuse to be lazy–and so far I have–I will be alright!

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