I approve just about every comment that makes sense....even those that are negative against me or my choices. Why? Well I like open and free discussion. Last night a comment was posted about a post I wrote about a particular book. The comment was from the author. His comment was:
"Do you still want to hold a negative review against "XXXXX" for not being a book that is a very accurate account of the regional airline lifestyle?? Seems to me like you are repeating/living everything I wrote about that you were very quick to 'put down'. I find your blogging comical in that you weren't able to relate with my personal autobiography that has been positively reviewed by many...."
I approved the comment and then posted my own stating that I did not slam his book in any portion of my post. I even cited part of my original post about his book where I wrote;
" I was able to relate to many of his experiences as I went through some of them on my journey from my cubicle to the cockpit."
I then asked him a few questions. He responded back with:
"Well then, glad you are coming around and 'seeing the light'. For your daughter's sake, I hope in a couple years time, you'll further see what is truly important in life. Thanks for your support and thoughts, stop by and introduce yourself at the EAA fly-in this year where I will be autographing books."
He didn't answer a single question. I'm not really sure if he even read the post I wrote about his book as I didn't slam it. The only thing remotely negative I said was;
"I’m 70% done with my current book, XXXX ,and I am not sure if I will finish it."
I got to thinking about the whole exchange and discussed it with my wife. The comments he posted made no sense as I didn't slam his book at all. I think he posted just to sell more books so I removed his and my own comments.
It wasn't easy removing his comments as it went against my "free and open exchange" but I felt it was best.