I welcome comments on what I write, and even comments on the comments. That’s one advantage a blog has over an e-mail newsletter. There are a few ground rules, however.
Comments are moderated to prevent spam. If you’ve never had a blog, you have no idea how many spambots are out there posting bogus and generally offensive comments. If you don’t see your comment right away, don’t panic. I’ll get to it as soon as I can. Remember that I do sleep, generally between 9 PM and 6 AM Pacific time, and I’ve been known to go on vacation or be offline because I’m working with a client.
Please provide your real name and e-mail, unless you think you would get fired for leaving the comment. And if it’s something you don’t want your boss to see, you probably shouldn’t be putting it online.
Be polite. You’re welcome to disagree with my opinions, correct my errors, and so forth, but do so in a civilized manner. If you’ve had a terrible experience with a product I loved, or a great experience with a product that didn’t work for me, feel free to say so. Personal attacks and obscenities are not permitted, however. (I shouldn’t have to say that, but there are people out there who get their jollies trying to provoke a fight. They’re referred to as “trolls.”)
If you’re a backup vendor, you can plug your product in a comment, but make sure it’s relevant to the discussion at hand, and disclose your relationship with the company. If you can’t meet those criteria, just pitch me instead. You’ll probably get better coverage than you would from the comment anyway.