Founder's Forum: Removing Comments from the Blog

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Hello, everyone!

For years, I’ve talked about how I want the ConTessa Blog to be, but we’ve lacked the resources to make it happen. Partly, that’s because I haven’t been around to really lead the way with my own writing, like I should. I’ll admit, I’ve had my head buried in ConTessa or my relatively small list of Facebook friends for most of that time on purpose.

I want it to be an explosion of passion for gaming, and I increasingly want that to be a thing without limits. The term ‘without limits’ in this case is perilously difficult to describe. Historically, we’ve passed on content that had a more political or critical tone in an effort to not reduce marginalized people to their identities.

As the years have gone on, and I’ve gotten a feel for what we can do, I’ve become less intense about that goal, especially when marginalized people are at the helm. We’ve seen ConTessans turning out panels and events on diversity that value and uplift each other’s experiences in ways I never predicted on a wide range of subject matters.

I’m hoping to share some of them with you, soon. We’re still working on getting our media from the conventions settled, and there’s been renewed interest in starting again regular chats on Discord that can go over some of the same subjects. In the meantime, I’d like to take some of that spirit and sprinkle it all over the blog.

In the coming weeks and months, you’ll hear a lot more from me on the blog and eslewhere. It won’t always be pushing a particular convention or giving you updates on the organization. I’m going to start talking, openly, about the culture of tabletop gaming, and I’m going to invite all our fellow ConTessans to partake in the conversation, with their own opinions and criticisms.

Believe me, it won’t all be bad. There are many stories to be told by many ConTessans, a lot of them involving massive amounts of joy and success, and passion for games. Lots of passion. But there will be bad. There will be moments of anger and frustration and criticism. “Without limits” means we need to be able to share those moments without fear.

In the past, I’ve been afraid of what might happen in the comments if I spoke my mind or criticized the wrong person. I’ve held back many times because of a knot of fear in my stomach, and it was all because of what I might see… and I know I’m not alone.

If you’d like to talk about our blog posts, please share them to your favorite social network and chat away. If you happen to be friends with the author, you might even get their involvement, but it will not be happening on this website.

If you’d like to write for us, regularly or as a guest, about anything that somehow has to do with tabletop gaming, and I do mean anything, reach out to us at staff@contessa.rocks.

If you dislike this decision, you’re welcome to leave a comment below.

Yours in Peace and Quiet,
Stacy Dellorfano