As of today, the comment section on The Skinny Black Girl is closed.
I’ll start by saying the decision wasn’t reactive or based on comments on yesterday’s post (none of which were malicious in any way). I’ve played with the idea for months and finally decided this morning to pull the trigger.
So if it wasn’t a reaction, what brought this on?
I’ve noticed that in comment sections on personal blogs, the authors’ stories are often lost in the conversation. Readers have a tendency to pull bits from stories and steer the conversation away from the entirety of the post. This is something you do when you’re dissecting an argument, but I don’t post arguments. I tell stories. While I respect the thoughts and feelings of my readers, I want to keep this site focused. The Skinny Black Girl isn’t a community, but a memoir. I don’t write to provoke conversation, but to share my experiences; experiences that aren’t up for debate. I love that my words can inspire thought and I encourage readers to take those thoughts into their lives and day-to-day conversations.