The Cameron Slater that started blogging 9 years ago was sick, angry and lashing out. ¬†What he wrote was vile, upsetting and visceral. ¬†Yet there was a constant kernel of truth and a continuous provision of information and insights into the political process you could never get anywhere else. ¬†A small audience began to grow.
As was the thing, back in the day, allowing non-moderated comments to appear was part of the deal. ¬†It was a point of pride.
The theory was that smart readers would realise that the views of commenters were not those of the blog or its operator. ¬†And Cam personally felt (and still does, if we’re to be honest), that free speech is sacrosanct to the point where he would allow anything to be written.
The problem was that he assumed readers would not connect those comments to him, and instead judge¬†only the writer of such comments.
It’s no secret that since I’ve gotten involved, I’ve been busy mainstreaming Cameron Slater. ¬†Knocking the rough edges off. ¬†Making him sleep on things for another day before putting ‘pen to paper’. ¬†That certainly improved the general acceptability of the blog, and the audience grew. ¬†But we seemed to be hitting another barrier.