Note from the Editor:
Comments are welcome on Home Ever After. I want to thank all of our wonderful readers who contribute with tips that help all of us grow from their experiences. I love to hear from you and do my best to respond to your comments!
It’s pretty standard that we have a no-spam, no-troll policy on this site. Most blogs have similar policies in that area. However, I wanted to talk about our attitude towards negative and argumentative comments.
Mary Kay Ash (founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics) was a firm believer in positivity, and so am I. HomeEverAfter.com is a positive, constructive, and helpful environment where we help people by imparting useful information and relevant life experiences.
If you disagree with something written on Home Ever After or have a different point of view, that’s fine. That’s normal! People don’t always agree about everything. Human beings are of different minds, and that is precisely what makes us all uniquely important.
However, if you have something negative to say, don’t say it here. Negativity, ugliness, hate, hurtfulness and spite are not welcome on this site. All comments which are not constructive (even criticism can be constructive) will not be published here – period. Before you think that censorship is what we’re about (because we’re not), let me tell you why this policy is in effect.
If I could only choose the one most important thing I learned from Mary Kay Ash, it would be that I don’t want to ruin an experience for anyone else. You never know what is going on in another person’s life; they might be terminally ill, or live in an abusive relationship, or have profound family loss to deal with, or feel hopeless in a dead-end job and impoverished home life. Everyone has hardship in one form or another. You never know if the 5 minutes a person spends reading HomeEverAfter.com is the only positive time of their day. What if reading blogs is their only happy time, their only positivity, their spark of hope that keeps them going and helps them to persevere? What if someone read a helpful article, then got to the end where someone posted a juicy negative comment about how worthless that article was?! I’d say that would probably put a damper on their mood! I would never dream of ruining the positive, happy time that someone else has by putting negative things into it.
That, my friends, is why I don’t publish negative or argumentative comments (or articles, for that matter). Home Ever After is a community meant to lift people up, build people up, and make them feel powerful, strong and self-reliant. This site is a place you can count on to be constructive, informative, helpful, and most importantly, positive. You can count on the fact that no matter how bad life is for you, how hard things are, or how bad your day has turned out, the 5 minutes you spend here will be positive!
“For me, it’s that I contributed, … That I’m on this planet doing some good and making people happy. That’s to me the most important thing, that my hour of television is positive and upbeat and an antidote for all the negative stuff going on in life.” -Ellen DeGeneres
I was amazed to find that Ellen Degeneres had spoken my thoughts nearly word for word! Her outlook mirrors mine, and positive contribution is always something to be proud of.
As always, we welcome your comments, tips and experiences. Feel free to leave a comment today with article ideas, tips or questions. Thank you all for making HomeEverAfter.com the positive community it is!
Danelle Ice, Editor-in-Chief
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