Let me ask you something. Do you ever read someone’s blog and then spend an inordinate number of minutes typing a comment only to end up intentionally deleting your words or just moving on without hitting the Post button?
I do. I do it all the time. Chances are, if you’re in my VOX ‘hood, I’ve done it to you at some point. Maybe multiple times. In a single
For some reason, I can be maddeningly opinionated and verbose on my own VOX, but when I’m at someone else’s, I often find it impossible to say anything at all. I’ll type out a line or two – sometimes twenty – and then mutter, “Aw, screw it,” and click on to a new post.
And just like that, there it went: one more comment that will never find out if it was meant to contribute to a meaningful conversation or brighten someone’s day or teach someone something or make someone laugh.
Where does it go? Hard to say. It becomes forgotten and is truly lost, I guess.
And that sucks. It’s sad and it makes no sense. I mean, I like getting comments, no matter how pithy or silly or fraught with typos, so it stands to reason other people do too. In fact, I don't think it's going out onto a limb to guess that number is actually pretty high.
So, starting today, I’m going to fight the urge to trash the comment I’ve written and actually start hitting the Post button more frequently. All I ask from you is that if you read a comment I’ve left that strikes you as coming out of left field, please remember this post and grin and think, “I bet he really had a hard time hitting Post on this one.”
Oh, and if I do fail to leave a comment, it’d be cool if you could give me the benefit of the doubt. Have you seen the size of my neighborhood? Criminy.
Special Thanks to Kevin “One Leg at a Time” Wolf for inspiring me to write this post.