One of the hazards of blogging on No Kidding lives and infertility is that the very words that attract readers (“childless” or “infertility,” for example) will occasionally attract those who have something to sell or who just want to stir up trouble. There are the miracle cures, the ovulation predictors, or the surrogate clinics from India, to name just a few, along with the occasional aggressive member of the “just adopt” brigade. None of these are appropriate on this blog, which is all about moving on to the next phase after infertility, living without children, not looking for solutions on how to have them.
So I have no compunction about deleting such comments. This is my blog and there is no freedom of speech here, as I strongly believe that it is my right and responsibility to determine which comments get to stay, and which should go. I don’t delete comments that might disagree with me but are a legitimate part of the discussion, because I welcome these, especially if they give me pause for thought. But I don’t want to expose readers to vitriol or off-topic but hurtful comments, or completely misdirected promotions of “fertility cures,” and I feel no guilt whatsoever deleting these comments.
Do you delete comments?