Why I decided to leave comments enabled

I’ve been going back and forth if I should enable or disable comments. There are pros and cons to each but I’m not going to go through them all, I’m just going to tell why I decided to leave mine on. A lot of big time bloggers like Seth Godin and Matt Gemmell both have disabled comments on their blogs and they usually state that they just don’t have the time to deal with comments. I completely understand that…these guys could get hundreds of comments and they just don’t have the time to read or to moderate them. Matt Gemmell made a post about disabling his comments and I understand what he is talking about but disabling the comments isn’t for everyone. Perhaps, if I had that kind of following I too would probably disable the comments. But I don’t and probably never will.

But for smaller blogs who may only get a few comments each day I think is completely manageable. I like to encourage conversations, I like to know if my post has helped someone or not. I want to better understand my audience.

I’ve made a couple of friends who had left comments on my blog and I think that is amazing. If I didn’t have comments enabled..I probably wouldn’t have met these other bloggers.

Spam is another thing a lot of the bloggers who disabled their comments talk about, but there are all kinds of ways of managing that. So making that a reason to disable comments is completely pointless to me.

To me, a blog with out comments is not really a blog.

Why does Heinz use HFCS?

Why? Because its simply cheaper to use an artificial alternative than cane sugar. Heinz ketchup is everywhere..I don’t think I ever been into a restaurant that had a different brand of ketchup. If Heinz is making so much money from their ketchup, why does it have to include unhealthy ingredients?

Why can’t it be natural?

I’ve been using Hunt’s ketchup because they finally make all natural ketchup, there is no artificial colors, high fructose corn syrup or preservatives and you know what? its cheaper than Heinz and it taste so much better because it uses real ingredients like cane sugar.

Heinz stated that cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup is nutritionally the same which is completely true. They also said HFCS comes from natural sources, but its far from natural. Its been so processed to the point its basically artificial.

While they are nutritionally the same, our bodies process them completely different. Our bodies can process cane sugar with no problem, but HFCS is stored in our fat reserves and never is used. This is why most of us Americans get fatter and fatter.

What did Heinz do? They came out with Simply Heinz which uses natural ingredients and no preservatives. Awesome..but do you see it? Its on the bottom of the shelf covered in dust.

All what Heinz is doing is making America get fatter…

Too much salt

After reading Seth Godin’s latest post I started to think there really is too much salt. Every time I go to the supermarket and look at a box of chicken rice, 900mg of sodium. Checked out a can of soup, 750mg of sodium. Too make it worse, its only for a small portion!

Is the food we make so bad today that we need to coat it in excessive amounts of salt?  Or are these companies putting so much artificial ingredients into these foods and need coat it in salt to cover up the chemical taste?

Salt is good for us and we need it to function, otherwise we would die. Its scary to think that people on average consume more than 3400mg of sodium everyday and that is mostly due to the artificial and processed foods. That is not the healthy way to be getting our sodium from. ADA (American Heart Association) recommends 1500mg of sodium per day, but its fine to consume around 2100mg of sodium everyday as long as you are getting it from real foods and not fake artificial processed foods.

Eat real food, exercise, be happy and stay away from the processed foods that these big food corporations tell you its safe to eat, but its really not…

Is it a distraction?

For the last few nights I’ve been sitting at my desk listening to Hans Zimmer trying to come up with something to write about. I’ve always wanted to have a blog where I can share my thoughts and experiences but it was something that I could never get a hold on. I’m easily distracted with Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Forums and everything in between. I know its the digital age and everything is online and easily accessible by our smart phones. When I was born, the world wide web was just coming into existence at the same time I was. 1990s was pretty big decade for technological advances, the internet, smaller computers, even some of the first smart phones.

Times were changing, even in the 90s, we were already becoming disconnected from reality.

But were we?

I didn’t grow up without technology like my parents did..I grew with the technology and its become apart of my life. People who didn’t have the opportunity to  grow up with technology don’t understand how hard it is to just give it up. We spend a lot of our time on the internet, emailing, messaging friends & family, sharing the things we create, helping others, learning, doing research, etc..you name it. I wouldn’t call that being disconnected from reality, we are more connected to reality than we ever have been, its just a different kind of connection.

But is technology a distraction?  No I don’t think so. Because its only a distraction if you want it to be one. Lets face it, technology isn’t going anywhere. Its here to stay and we must learn how to coexist with it.

There are so many things in this world that would have never have existed if we weren’t distracted by technology.

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