I completed Blogging101: Day 12 assignment: read six posts written in response to the same prompt (the prompt that I responded to yesterday), and leave comments on at least two of them. Another behind the scenes task.
I think that I like these assignments the best. 95% of them force you to engage with the community.
As I’ve said before, I am very often a shadow reader. I’ll like your stuff but, I don’t very often comment. Commenting takes more thought, time, and effort. (Wow, if that didn’t make me sound lazy….)
Commenting on other blogs really is the essence of blogging.
To read a blog, it takes your time. To like a blog, it takes the blog to stand out. But, to comment!
I don’t mean the “great post” comments. (That’s what the ‘like’ button is for people!) I mean the real ones. Those take the time, effort, and thought process to really apply the writers words to your own life, experiences, opinions, etc. Which is really what blogging is all about.
Sure, I say that I blog for fun. (I am pretty much full of shit when I say that.) The truth is, I really blog for the interaction. The interaction is what makes the blogging “fun”. So, maybe I’m not totally full of it when I say that I do it for fun.
None of my blog posts do any good if it is not affecting and/or effecting the person that reads it. That’s the point of them. As I re-read past posts, I have noticed a small something special in a lot of them. In a lot of them, I am actually talking to myself.
(Hello. Hello. Is anyone out here?)
Seriously though, I am telling myself what I actually need to hear. Because I need to hear it, I am quite certain that at least one of you out there in blogosphere need to hear it too. That’s why I write it.
That’s what this whole blogging thing is about. This whole life thing is about. To throw yourself out there and learn as you go. Learn what it’s about. What makes it better. What makes it worthwhile.
Interaction is what drives this learning experience. At least in the blogging world, probably the real world too, I suppose.
If there is no commenting, there is no interaction.
I get it. I understand shadow readers. I know that it is so HARD to form the right words, to say the right things, to even compose your thoughts in such a way that you can put them into words. It’s not easy.
But… if it were easy, it wouldn’t be worth it.
To write a comment, a real comment, it forces you to process the information that you have just read. It forces you to learn. And when you learn, that is when you have something worth sharing with the world, so that they can learn too.
So… get out there. Read what other people are saying to you, and to themselves. Let it reach you. And for crying out loud, let them know! It’s kind of like volunteer work, you think that you’re doing it for them, but, you are actually doing it for you.