Commenting is the “Polo” to Blogging’s “Marco”
Comments are pretty damn important to me. That’s probably apparent since my response to NaNoWriMo was not to focus on blog writing or poetry or anything else that is akin to expressing oneself a la the novel. I went for the short and sweet route of focusing on commenting with IComLeavWe. Comments are sort of the peel of blogging: some people toss it aside or consider it unimportant; something we can choose to consume or discard at will. But those of us who cherish comments like a ripe apple know otherwise: most of the nutrients of the blog post are in completing that circuit between writer and reader. Comments can’t be peeled off or crushed in the garbage disposal without changing the value of the post itself. The two elements go hand-in-hand.
Deep, I know.
Do I want comments? Yes, I freakin’ want comments. If I didn’t want to hear what you had to say, I would write down all of my blatherings in Charlotte and call it a day. But even though Charlotte is now deeply ensconced in my life, I still take the time to write in this space. I haven’t slowed down or changed what I write. Charlotte fulfills one need. But this space, my blog? It fulfills a very different way of looking at my life or the world around me. And I need you guys to chime in on this blog. It changes the way I see the world.
I have learned so much from you. I’ve learned about books, historical events, and other blogs. You’ve made me feel supported and virtually hugged. You’ve made me feel as if my words matter. But more importantly, your comments have been the fuel that has kept me coming back here for eight straight years of almost daily posts. Would I have kept writing if there were no comments? Perhaps. But I could also see myself returning to the land of paper, journaling privately off-screen. After all, if no one is going to say anything, why put it up at all? It’s like talking at the wall. We don’t do it (or… we don’t do it often) because it isn’t satisfying.
Comments make blogging satisfying.
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It’s a pretty good run, nu?
So consider signing up for June’s NaBloPoMo. The theme is commenting. Which you probably guessed since this whole post is about commenting. Think of signing up as a birthday present, but it’s the sort of present where you get a gift too. Like buying me perfume and then getting to keep the free makeup samples they shove in the bag. Wait, please don’t buy me perfume. I really don’t like perfume. What I like are comments.
So say something.