Comments and Sharing

I want to acknowledge here that I am aware of WordPress occasionally censoring comments and the ability to like or share my posts. I’ve heard from four people telling me that they tried to leave a comment multiple times and could not. These are long time blog readers/commenters who’ve become friends, which is why I got an email sharing their frustration about trying to leave a nice comment. I’ve also heard from numerous people who cannot share my posts on Facebook or cannot “Like” my posts anymore.

I can only imagine how many other people this has impacted, and I offer sincere apologies. While I do have a comment approval process to filter out spam and make sure no one leaves comments attacking another person leaving a comment, I approve 99% of submitted comments. I’m fortunate to have lovely, intelligent, creative, spiritually aware, caring and funny blog readers. I value my readers very much, whether or not you comment, “Like” or share my posts. Please know that if you’ve experienced seemingly random censorship here, it’s not coming from me.

WordPress has overtly censored me in the past, refusing to allow me to publish posts with certain key words in the title or body of the text. I know that censorship has become a big deal across most social media platforms. Those of you who’ve followed me for many years know that I used to post much more activist content here and felt led to back off that several years ago. I saw this current trend before it became a trend, and I felt that my own best offerings come from bringing more beauty, healing and empowerment into the world. Other people have different callings, and I respect and admire people who walk that path. It’s just not mine right now, so I don’t know why WordPress “glitches” would do this.

In any case, they are, though. I’ve had that confirmed twice this week, after months of suspecting it. Now that I’ve had the situation more clearly confirmed, I’ll see what I can do behind the scenes to address the issues. In the meantime, thank you for being here. Thank you for continuing to read and trying to comment on, like or share posts. I appreciate it, even if WP keeps me from seeing your engagement.

Sending love, blessings and healing to everyone.

Laura

13 responses to this post.

  1. […] via Comments and Sharing β€” Laura Bruno’s Blog […]

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  2. Posted by Eliza Ayres on June 16, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal and commented:
    I’ve noticed that WordPress has become affiliated with Google, which is actively censoring all kinds of material. And I’ve also noticed it is more difficult to re-post some materials. And I have to continually ‘follow’ blogs I’ve been following for years and which come up on my reader. Very strange. I also do not like the new block editor of WordPress. Blogging isn’t much fun these days…

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  3. I agree, Eliza! I’ve been hearing that for years from people, and I’ve also needed refollow people. I didn’t know that WP became affiliated with Google. That may be the issue, although Google has, oddly, been kinder to me than some search engines. In the meantime, I just wanted people to know that it wasn’t coming from me. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing so many posts and thanks for bringing your art into the world. ❀

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  4. Bless you Laura.

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  5. And you, too, saintlyanne! ❀

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  6. I just hope it doesn’t regress to the point of censoring “fake blogs.” (Although I hear it already has.) That’s what we get for putting our “faith” in large, faceless and delocalized “authorities.” Social media seemed like a great tool for everyone until, until, until it became corrupted by the power-seekers. Perhaps it’s all a call to refocus on local, local, local.

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  7. Actually, social media began as a military experiment for control, so it was more a matter of getting people hooked into it before they revealed their authoritarianism. Many good things can and have come from the internet, but as with anything covered in DARPA, there’s a dark underbelly. For example, but there are other examples: https://aim4truth.org/2019/06/13/facebook-insider-confesses-all/

    Fortunately, “they” have waited too long to clamp down. The cats have left the bags and are wandering the neighborhood. πŸ˜‰ Local, local, local is always important, though. Real connections: face to face, old fashioned phone calls, even chatty texts, sometimes. I find that MOST people are kind and respectful when given the opportunity in real life. Not everyone, but more people than not. πŸ™‚

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  8. “The hours I spent attempting to decipher some of Dunnett’s more oblique passages opened me to the possibilities of romantic storytelling.”

    Alaya Dawn Johnson

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  9. Yes, I feel like art and fairytales are the way to go β€”for me, anyway. You can reveal more things in fiction than nonfiction. Even my Metaphysics of Lyme book is getting a fairytale infusion. 😊

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  10. Posted by thymia17 on June 17, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    thank you for your link to the article abt Mark Zuckerberg. A long time ago, I read an article by an independent investigative journalist about In-Q-Tel and Facebook (was it on Intercept? or elsewhere? like littlesis.org?) Printed it out, because I knew people around me (relatives, etc.) wouldn’t believe it. That’s what I remember most abt your former posts on your blog – that you kept stressing decentralization and local, local, local. I mentioned this to a relative concerned about extreme centralization in electrical utilities – and they nodded – yes, it would actually be protective to have separated, local utilities, not interconnected centralized ones (duh). Just one example. Not surprised to see problems, but sorry.

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  11. You’re welcome. Yes, so many things are intermingled and centralized. Local, diverse, multi-layered connections and projects seem to be the best options for resilience and adaptability regardless of what happens where. πŸ™‚

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  12. Posted by Anthony on June 18, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    I’ve noticed many of my posts disappear into the void lately too, even when posting on blogs like yours and Anne’s (I’ve had several get memory-holed there). Deus Nexus, The Burning Blogger of Bedlam, John Rapapport, and Jean Haines’ sites are all gone now (and all were Word Press), and MIke Adams’ “Natural News” site was banned from Facebook and You-Tube.

    I know there are alternatives to Twitter and You-Tube but I am not aware of any other decent blogging platforms. That might be something to research, and soon. Maybe until then, would it be a good idea to collect e-mail addresses so if something happens to your site, you can send newsletters to loyal bloggers that way? Of course, then you wouldn’t be reaching a new audience – but at least you could keep in touch with your old one. I’d sign up for that if you decided to go that route.

    Good luck – and wish me well the rest of the day. Today’s “the” day and I woke up with a strange vision. I’m off to go shopping, but not before I fill my pockets with orgone and good-luck charms!!

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  13. Thanks, Anthony. I have it on my list to get my site backed up. There are some people who’ve mirrored my site for years, so that would be one option, but there are ways to get all the data saved. It’s on a long list of to do’s, but should probably be bumped up in line.

    Good idea about the email addresses, although most of my readers have WP blog accounts. Also on my list is creating a separate blog for art and writing projects. This one has very little space left for photos.

    Happy Belated Father’s Day to you!

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