Welcome back

Thank you for visiting the relaunch of Volcanic Ash the Blog.

I’ll cover a lot of the same subjects as the old site, but hope to occasionally get into some interests that didn’t fit on the newspaper site. As always, your comments are often more interesting than my original posts and I hope you’ll continue weighing in. Same rules as before: Argue the issues vigorously, be as partisan as you want, but no profanity, racism, sexism or personal attacks on other contributors.

To weed out spam promoting sexual enhancement products and the like, I’ve set it up so that first-time comments have to be cleared through moderation, but after you’ve been cleared once your future comments should appear immediately without moderation. I’ll watch the moderation queue as often as I can.

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16 Comments on “Welcome back”

  1. charles Says:

    David, just curious as to what “interests” you feel you can pursue in this blog that you couldn’t in the Advertiser. Seemed to me you were given a pretty free rein.

  2. Earl of Sandwich Says:

    Glad to see you up and running, Dave. Also glad they’re smart enough at the new shop to keep you around.

  3. Dave Smith Says:

    Glad you’re sticking around. Nowadays we need as much diversified opinion (read: pointed) as possible.

  4. David Shapiro Says:

    just curious as to what “interests” you feel you can pursue in this blog that you couldn’t in the Advertiser. Seemed to me you were given a pretty free rein.

    Charles, I started another personal blog a couple of years ago to use as kind of a filing cabinet for writings I’ve done over the years that I didn’t know what else to do with — treatises on writing , short fiction, personal essays, etc. — but I didn’t have time to keep up two blogs. I hope to eventually figure out a way to combine the two here.

  5. Della Au Belatti Says:

    Thanks Dave for continuing your blog here and nice to hear that you’ll still be writing for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Your column and blog is definitely one I read for wit and insight – as well as for the interesting conversations that tend to develop. Here’s to more new adventures in journalism!

  6. Jim Shon Says:

    Aloha Dave. My one suggestion is that you require commenters to provide their names. The lack of civility in blogs stems, in part, from the anonymity.

  7. David Shapiro Says:

    My one suggestion is that you require commenters to provide their names. The lack of civility in blogs stems, in part, from the anonymity.

    Jim, it’s impossible to verify that the names are real unless you have a small army of people to check or if you’re a pay site like the WSJ and can make commenters post with their payment names.

    We’ve managed to keep things reasonably civil here by making clear that it’s the group expectation. In a few cases I’ve had to introduce abusive trolls to the spam filter, but really not that many.

  8. hugh clark Says:

    Glad we will have the value of your wisdom and memory unfiltered by anyone other than your good judgment. I am pleased to see you intend to moderate. That is a lacking ingredient in some otherwise promising Hawaii blogs. More aggravating than profanity and sexual innuendo are fools who spout nonsense and need to pass to a credibility test.

  9. Pamela J. Santos Bermudes Says:

    I’m so glad that I’ll still get my Volcanic fix.
    Keep telling it like it is Dave. pjsb

  10. David Shapiro Says:

    Thanks to everybody for all the kind words. It’s good to see so many familiar names.

  11. Ross Says:

    Just bookmarked your new blog. Will look forward to following it as well as Volcanic Ash.

  12. Ross Says:

    Meant to say following your Volcanic Ash blog and flasback (on the Star Advertiser).

  13. LINDA KATO Says:

    Good morning, Dave,

    Good luck with your new adventure. Will continue to follow your stories. Thanks for continuing your blog.

  14. Jonathan Gaines Says:

    Aloha David….

    Thanks for all your efforts…you are a breath of sanity in Hawaii political commentary!

  15. Damon Says:

    Looking forward to your online presence.

  16. Lau Pan Says:

    Mahalo for the continuation of thought and dialogue!


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