We've had a lot of complaints lately about the comments section of Bilerico being so negative. One commenter in particular seems to garner quite a few heated responses from both contributors and other readers. (No, I'm not naming names - and neither should you!)
It's not just in our comments section though; I'm noticing it on plenty of other LGBT blogs. In fact, I'll admit that there are a few sites that used to be in my "favorites" category of my RSS feeds that I've bumped down to the general "queer" category just because I couldn't take their constant negativity any more. I've stopped reading them for the most part. Even I'm not immune though; I've made my share of pissy comments and sour posts.
So let's try a brief experiment, shall we? Pick any of the posts on the front page today - any one you'd like - and leave a positive comment. Compliment the post, show some appreciation for the work the author put into it for no pay, or commend another commenter for saying something intelligent and helping to advance a conversation.
Our major goal with Bilerico Project was to start some general conversations that seem to be difficult to have off line. We want to let the disempowered speak. So let's get back to the basics. Let's lift each other up during these difficult and stressful times instead of tearing each other down. Why don't we get back to the business of discussing our issues with grace, fervor and some common courtesy.
Let's see how this experiment goes and how many positive comments we can generate. Are you with me? Can we just be kind to each other today?