What I love about Persona Paper
I've said it before and no doubt I'll say it again, what I love most about Persona Paper is the meaningful interaction that takes place in the comments on our articles.
I grew accustomed to the spam comments that were often left on my posts at Bubblews , many of which were a clear indication that the commenters hadn't bothered to read the post, and in some cases hadn't even looked at the title. Even when Bubblews started sifting out the spam, some of the comments still didn't make much sense.
Now the same sort of thing is happening at CGP-Gallery , and I'm really finding it annoying. I admit that I sometimes leave comments there just for the sake of commenting, but I at least try to say something that makes sense.
I just wrote a post at CGP in which I explained our electricity situation in South-Africa at present. We've been going through periods of what is known as "load shedding" on and off for a while now, and after a break for the Christmas and New Year period, load shedding is back with us. This means that we can expect scheduled power cuts for periods of about four hours at a time. For some this is a mere annoyance, for others it could have serious consequences. The power to our area is scheduled to remain on until early next week, but I'm dreading the night that we're scheduled to be left in the dark from 6 pm until 10:30 pm.
But back to the point of this article. The first comment I received on my CGP post compared our load shedding to earth hour, which is a period of one hour during which people go without power. But earth hour only happens once a year, and whether we observe it is optional. Our power cuts can happen several times a week and we have no say in the matter.
Based on the comment system at CGP, the only way I could explain the difference to her would be by writing another post, and there are no guarantees that she'd see it, so why bother.
Thankfully that kind of thing isn't likely to happen at Persona Paper.