A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Resist the tide: don’t assume that facebook is the best way to follow issues that interest you

If you think that following A Cry For Justice on Facebook is the best way to keep in touch with what we do, please read on…

Cryingoutforjustice.blog is where we post articles which we think are most helpful in addressing domestic abuse in the church.

The articles we post at cryingoutforjustice.blog are also posted at our Facebook page. BUT….if you are follow us just on Facebook, you are probably not getting a full and balanced picture of what we do.

We publish our main, core, priority items at our blog cryingoutforjustice.blog.

From time to time we post items on our Facebook page that we do not feature on our blog. We post those items on Facebook as extras… but we never consider those items to be the main fare of ACFJ.

So if you are following ACFJ only via Facebook, please don’t think that by following us at Facebook you are getting a full and balanced picture of our work!

Please…please….if you have been browned off by what we share on our Facebook page, or if you are only following us on Facebook, please consider taking this step:

Follow our blog by email — that will mean you get an email notification each time ACFJ publishes a new blog post.

And yes — you will need to check your emails. That takes a bit more effort… a few more clicks…but really and truly, do you want to rely on the Facebook platform as your only or primary source of ideas and information????

And I will make an even more radical suggestion: you might even want to STOP following the A Cry For Justice Facebook page and just follow A Cry For Justice by email.  (Yes; you can live without Facebook as your primary source of information!)

If you don’t know what a blog is —  it is like an online magazine or online journal

The owner of a blog publishes articles (called “posts”) at their blog.

Magazines and journals usually publish articles and columns written by many different authors and journalists. In the same way, the ACFJ blog has published articles written by different authors: Barbara Roberts (me) and other authors who have at one time or other been on the ACFJ team (e.g. Jeff Crippen, Persistent Widow, Megan C), and guests (e.g. Sam Powell, Rebecca Davis).

Some blogs allow and invite comments from readers indefinitely.

Some blogs allow comments, but only for a limited period of time. For example, a blog owner might allow comments on a post for the first two weeks after the post is published and then comments are closed on that post.

Some blogs do not allow any comments from readers.

Each blog owner makes their own decision regarding comments.

A blog owner who allows comments might or might not read all the comments that are submitted, and might choose to not allow certain comments, depending on the blog owner’s time availability and their goals for the blog.

So the terminology is this:

  • A blog is a bit like an online magazine, owned by the magazine publisher.
  • A blog post is like one article in the magazine. Sometimes it’s simply called a post.
  • A comment is written by a reader who is responding to the blog post, or is responding to one of the other commenters.

All posts at the ACFJ blog are open to comments indefinitely.

Our comment submission form can be found by simply scrolling down a bit when you have read one of our posts. (PS. if it looks a bit different on a phone screen, please let me and other readers know. I almost never use my phone to submit comments on blog posts, so I’m not familiar with the way to do that from a cell phone / mobile phone.)

If you have never commented on the A Cry For Justice blog, I suggest you read our New Users Info page. It will give you confidence about how to write your comment in a way that protects your identity and guards your safety.

There are advantages and benefits in commenting on our blog versus commenting on our Facebook page.

  1. ACFJ can better guard your safety on our blog than on our Facebook page.
    If you want to learn more about why that is so, read this: Be safe! — blog safety vv Facebook safety, and other tips for keeping safe in cyberspace.
  2. If you comment at the ACFJ blog, your comment will bring long-lasting benefit to all readers, even years later.

Comments on Facebook are ephemeral… who has the time and energy to dig down into Facebook posts and comments to see what was said months or years ago?

But on the A Cry For Justice blog you can easily read and reply to comments and posts that were published months or years ago. When you comment on the ACFJ blog, your comment can help other readers years later, other people who have suffered similar things to what you have suffered.

And if you ticked the box to be notified of follow-up comments, you will be sent an email whenever someone replies to your comment or responds to the post. So you will be encouraged and warmed by the responses of other readers, even years later. And that will help us all…

My request, my encouragement, my plea to all people who are interested in our work is PLEASE follow ACFJ by email and PLEASE comment on our blog rather than our Facebook page.

We don’t mind comments at our Facebook page, but we prefer people to comment at our blog.

(We are happy if you comment at our Facebook page, and then repeat your comment at our blog!)

One last thing: you can also follow us on Twitter at @_CryforJustice. But Twitter is just as ephemeral as Facebook — so if you want to help other victims of domestic abuse in the longterm, the best way to comment is at our blog cryingoutforjustice.blog.


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