Here are assorted musings on one topic. Make of them what you will.
For the past few weeks I’ve made a point of reading new-to-me blogs– and then leaving a comment on the blog. I’ve found that I’m not alone in doing this. Many people have stopped by The Spectacled Bean for the first time during November and have left me a first time comment.
I appreciate that effort very much.
I know that I’ve seen some bloggers write about how easy it is for them to visit someone else’s blog and toss out a comment. (Or to hit the “like” button available on some blogs.) For them interaction via comments is a given– and they do it as a matter of course without any hesitation.
I envy their ability to get involved so easily. I’m not like that at all.
For me, an introvert, it takes a bit of effort to leave a comment on someone’s blog. Perhaps that’s how all introverts feel. I don’t know.
All I know is that I’m self-conscious about inserting myself into someone else’s life. My goal is to encourage with what I say in a comment, but I’m never entirely sure that I carry out my goal.
Good intentions, dubious results. Perhaps that’s the reality of all earnest people.
I realize that there are always lots of people who lurk on my blog. Through my stats info I see you out there. You arrive here at the same time every day, from the same place, and stay long enough to read what I’ve written. But you never interact with me. I don’t take it personally– and honestly, I rarely even think about it. I understand that’s how some people consume blogs– detached and anonymously.
It’s safer that way.
I’m always concerned that there will be a misunderstanding about what I say in a comment.
I try to be clear and specific in what I say in comments, but without visual clues there’s no way to know exactly how what I said is being received. And it’s this sense of vulnerability that slows me down when commenting. I want to tell my truth and I want to do it with grace– while honoring the thoughts of the blogger who has written the post in the first place.
It’s a delicate balance to do.