Why comment on blogs? Reasons are many and various, as I found out when I did the Older Bloggers Survey in 2018. For me it’s a social thing and a mental stimulant. I like the people and the process.
Every day I spend at least half an hour reading WordPress blogs, including comments. And almost every day, I comment too. Something in the original blog or a reader’s response stimulates my imagination or memory or my tiny little fund of logic. Something you write bumps into my brain, which bounces back with a “Yes, and…” Out comes a thought that builds on yours, or decorates yours, or veers off-topic in an apparently random segue. A good blog post or even a brief blog comment can act as an incidental or accidental writing prompt.
And almost every day after writing a comment I think, I want to explore that idea further: I’ll blog about it. But I don’t blog about it, because my own projects demand lots of time and attention. Blogging is dear to my heart but it’s not my core creative activity.
So today I’ll pick a couple of blog posts with comments that have stimulated my thoughts recently, just to show you what I mean.
This post and the comments prompted me to think about all the many ways we could think about our feet.
- covered in shoes
- the foundation of the body
- and (channelling Doris Carnevali, 100-year-old blogger and one of my heroes) fall-preventers.
My comment, prompted by the essay and a comment by Jan:
Is it possible the silence is not about shame but about grief?Jan
There is much to grieve over as we age. Loss of capabilities, of roles, of self-image, of people and spaces and projects and dreams. But for each loss, aging offers a gain. New capabilities, roles, people, spaces, projects and dreams. As you say, the thing is to choose or accept them thoughtfully, actively. To make them our own. Thank you for meditating on this topic so that we may do the same.Rachel
And Sarah commented:
Oh I am so pleased – virtually no one talks about grieving and aging honestly – what is behind this dreadful silence?Sara
And so it continued.
The dynamics of commenting on blogs
Now this particular conversation may not be your cup of tea: it’s the dynamics that may interest you.
I have one or two blogging friends who almost never comment on blogs. That’s absolutely fine, of course: we all have different agenda. They say they can’t see the point, can’t find blogs that interest them and so forth. And I’ve finally learned to smile and nod. It’s no use telling anyone about the dynamics of commenting: you have to put in the hours and discover it for yourself.
And yet, I just did that pointless thing: told you. Guess I’m a hopeless case. A former teacher can’t always resist the urge to teach… Please forgive me.