Frankly, I’m tired of being in a bad mood, so I’ve been doing that cognitive thinking thing a therapist suggested years ago. “If you’re worried or angry in general — you know that free-floating anxiety that comes over all of us from time to time — look for the reason. and deal with it.”
According to the good doctor, the cause could be as simple as the dream you had just before you woke up or a passing comment someone made that got your anxiety machine cranked up. So I looked around for a reason for my snit (the great word my afore-mentioned blogging buddy used). It seems to be related to one question. Maybe if I verbalize (another favored shrink suggestion), I’ll feel better.
Why do we blog in the first place? When we take the time to write something, whether it’s fiction, poetry, non-fiction ramblings, or a rant… Why do we do it? And why do it on the internet instead of in a journal? Well, folks, I can think of only one reason. We want others to read it. I mean, what other reason could there possibly be?
If I am a regular visitor to someone’s blog posts, it would be nice if they came by my place once in a while in return. A fellow blogger (one I mistakenly thought of as a friend – silly me) told me he and his friends laugh at this attitude, calling those of us who admit to wanting visitors “Comment Collectors” or “Follower Fishers.” Huh. Well, okay, guilty as charged.
I participate in a lot of memes, aka writing prompts. Nearly all of them ask that, as a matter of courtesy, participants visit the efforts of the others and leave a short comment or bit of feedback. And for the most part, participants do that. Oh, sure, some of the sites can have over 100 links to a single prompt, and none of us have the time (though I can think of one extraordinary exception) to visit them all. But if I’ve taken the time to visit participants on a meme, I’d like to get a return visit from at least some of them.
So, yeah, call me a “Comment Collector” if you want. But if you don’t post on a blog so people will read it, what the hell are you doing out here? Get some paper.
Okay, that didn’t help much. I’m still in a snit.
What’s your thinking on this?