Wednesday, May 16, 2012


In the weeks since I announced I would be moderating comments I have only had to delete one angry, anonymous (of course) jab about Merlin. I am amazed at how just sharing that I would read things before they were posted has changed the entire tone of the audience. And another neat thing is happening, people use the comments section as a quick way to send me a note. I'll get a comment announcement and when I open it it'll say "Hey, don't post this but I just wanted to tell you about..." and share some advice, or an email address to sign up for a workshop, or just a message for me. It's all wonderful. I'm so grateful for the kinder tones and secret messages and just wanted to thank you.


Blogger Dancing shepherdess said...

I have always moderated the comments on my blog, mainly due to spam. When I started that, I ended up getting fewer comments, which I see has happened with your blog. Brevity is not always a bad thing.

May 16, 2012 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Melina said...

Glad to hear to hear it you give so much positive energy you deserve to get that back

May 16, 2012 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

Trolls truly are cowards, aren't they?

May 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Patsy from Illinois said...

I'm glad things are better but I want to hear about the big announcement!!! Waiting, waiting, waiting. Lol.

May 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger sco_oter said...

I didn't want to read the comments before. They broke my heart, people were so mean and callous. Now I look forward to it! Thank you!

May 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed reading about your homesteading experiences although I'm not much into horses. Good luck in the future with whatever you do.

May 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

Aye, I've been meaning to tell you this but I want to give you a great big THANK YOU for moderating your own comments. :) The atmosphere has definitely changed around here and I really enjoy reading through the comments now. Whereas before I would often leave this blog feeling angry (even though I really had no reason to be...)before any moderation was done.

Thank again!

May 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger John Taylor said...


Did you ever get the Civil War book I mailed to you?

Grace and Peace,

John Taylor

May 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger molson said...

You are very welcome dear Jenna

May 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger molson said...

You are very welcome Jenna.
Great work in the ring!!!!!!!!!!
Jenna and Merlin deserved the ribbon........

May 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved your books and I was glad to find your blog.

When I was 25 I wanted to own my own farm and my family talked me out of it. Now over 25 years laters I regret not going after my dream. So, I'm trying to figure out here I can get there and your books and site have given me some hope.

Congratulations on all that you have accomplished, and please write another book. Maybe a Jenna and Merlin book?

May 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Trekout2 said...

Jenna we are so thankful for you and this blog ... And very happy not haveing to see negative stuff ...

May 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Suzzanne said...

I enjoy the comments much more, now, and it seems that when people do offer advice, they're trying to be a little more considerate. Kudos for taking back control and reining in the neigh-sayers (couldn't resist it, sorry)

May 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Thank YOU Jenna! You give many of inspiration, hope & just plain ol entertainment on a daily basis. I too, found myself getting bothered and "big-sister ish" like I wanted to jump in a defend you when people posted negative stuff. Moderation was a great solution, now like others have said, I don't cringe when I open a post about a new addition to your farm or, or something else these people tend to jump on, anymore!

You're definitely one of my CKWH's (that'd be Cool Kilt Wearing Heroes)!! Ok, maybe the only one :)

May 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Love the picture for this post btw, it's oddly very fitting! Lol

May 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger anita said...

To Anonymous above I'm 62 and I've finally got my farm. You definitely can do it! Just take it slower than if you were 25! I'm loving it!

May 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger HelenB said...

Since you are reading comments before they're posted, I'd like to give you a heads up.

The sentence from your previous post "An event and day that marked a right of passage." should have said "RITE of passage", a ritual marking the transition from one phase of life to another.

I realize that this may seem picky/pedantic, but as a professional writer, any clarification of the language should benefit you, and this is not meant as a criticism, but as useful information.

May 16, 2012 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger damnyankee said...

Glad to hear its working. Sometimes people can be, well, you know. But people are people. I can't imagine anyone being mean to you Jenna. You're a great person. I'm sure your parents are very proud. LOVE reading about your life.

May 16, 2012 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Dancing shepherdess said...

To those who are desperate to own a farm, and maybe, for whatever reason, you can't quite get one yet, here's something I read just today: "It isn't the farm that makes the farmer, it's the love, hard work, and character". What I did, as a young person, when I wanted a horse, but could not have one, was to work at horse farms, through that I made lots of contacts, and ended up spending more time farming than I do now!

May 16, 2012 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

I don't understand how people can be hateful & nasty on such a fun website. I enjoy checking in daily (sometimes more often) to see what's going on at Cold Antler Farm. I love to see what you & your other readers are doing on your farms or in your backyards. If people want to be negative, they should visit political blogs where there is always something hateful & nasty going on. Keep up the good work, Jenna. Waiting.....waiting.....waiting.....

May 16, 2012 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

I never thought that those making comments were mean spirited but were trying to be helpful through their experiences. I guess having those who are always agreeable posting has its place in the comfort zone.

May 16, 2012 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

Most people think my comments have been cruel while others send emails of thanks. My farming methods, techniques, and convictions are vastly different than jennas, sometimes painfully so. It has been interesting watching this community form, regardless of my personal opinions.

Jenna, I have wondered what plan B is for your animals. How you would manage with a broken hand or foot. I believe your blog following is your Plan B. You might be single but you're not alone.

May 16, 2012 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

As I said, doglady. I only have rejected one comment since then. One.

As for advice, I honestly do not seek it unless I ask. Like a wry friend of mine has stated before: smart people don't need it and stupid people won't use it. I don't seek advice, corrections, or admonishment through comments. I seek conversations, guidance, suggestions, stories, experiences, and camaraderie.

Negativity is not welcome here. You can easily start a conversation with kind guidance without being negative.

May 16, 2012 at 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jenna, I just wanted to thank you for your blog and books...I'm now the proud owner of six young heritage chickens. They are SO much fun, and no real trouble at all. Hopefully, I'll have home-raised eggs this Fall!

J. Smith (Durham, NC)

May 16, 2012 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

About time Jenna - good for you! Now reading the comments will be educational.

And to doglady and Meredith A, if you disgaree with Jenna so much and find her methods so counter to your own, why do you read this blog? I would be really curious to know.

May 16, 2012 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

If Jenna was fully confident in her actions nothing I've said should phase her..or you.. Why do I read the blog? I think its interesting to watch a persons journey and their following/audiences response to it.

May 17, 2012 at 12:28 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

Well Jennifer, I began reading this blog because Jenna was doing what I am trying to do. When an issue came up that I had experience with I tried to help her. After all, I am at least 36 years her senior therefore have some life experience. When it became painfully apparent that my constructive comments weren't welcome and even thought to be negative, I now don't comment often.
I still read the entries because she often mentions places I'm familiar with as I grew up in that area. It is interesting to see what Jenna is up to now and how other readers react.

May 17, 2012 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Woodhaven Place Homestead and Garden said...

I think that is great! I was not a fan of reading the comments before so I hope this helps your positive energies!

May 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM  

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