learning to trust my own opinions and expertise
I’ve been pretty haphazard with blogging lately – unfortunately I’m not one of those SAHMs who can tippy-tap-type away on my AirMac every day, sipping my coffee whilst waiting for the twinnies Xavier and India to finish their advanced speech-therapy classes.
Oh, come on!
That was a joke, bitches. I try, but I just CAN’T be all butterfly kisses and rainbows all the time like the rest of you bloggettes. I need to BREAK OUT occasionally man.
OK, if you’re still with me, let me continue:
I’ve been pretty haphazard with blogging lately – it’s not that the gloss has worn off, not at all, I think I’m just enjoying the “downtime” of reading so much that I don’t get around to writing!
I’m finding lots of great stories and inspiration through Facebook (I’ve finally got organized with lists so I can see ALL the pages I want when I want), intermittent Bloglovin’ checks and my constant go-to, Twitter. Thank god for 3G – my train commute is my main chill-out reading time.
One of the posts I perused the other day on Kiki and Tea was about the Art of Commenting (read it – go on). It got me thinking about how I comment: Is it a chore undertaken purely in the hope of return visits? Occasionally. Do I plonk out a quick “Love it” instead of writing why and how I loved and connected with the post? Yeah, a fair bit. Do I write something meaningful (if not deep and meaningful, at least with meaning to the post content)? I do try, but it is probably rarer than I (and you) would like.
Well, now I’m going to try harder. If I am blogging less, then I figure I can still get to know people through the comments of their blogs (and have them get to know me).
Those writerly-types amongst you might already know that a big rule of writing is show don’t tell – makes sense now that I know it too. I am going to aim to show PERSONALITY in my comments. I’m pretty sure I have personality… Yeah, a bit. Sometimes I might just Not Comment, especially if for whatever reason your post didn’t connect with me. It happens. No biggie, I bet a lot of the time my writing doesn’t connect with you either. Happily, blogs also fulfil a personal purpose for me (and I imagine you too).
Whilst we’re on the No Comment-ing, it also happens that I do most of my reading on my phone, which HATES Blogger – so it’s very possible that I have lots of comment to make on your blog that my phone just won’t let happen. It’s REALLY annoying, but just the way it is – sorry Blogger folks.
And hey! Sometimes I bite my tongue very hard in an effort not to day something if I’ve got nothing nice to say in comments. Anyone else wish that every now and again they could be a bit of a judgy-gossip-pants, because that’s what they’re really like with friends? I mean, sure, I don’t have to read your blog, but whilst I genuinely like you sometimes you say the stupidest shit – surely I could just make one eensy-weensy comment along the lines of what I am thinking of your latest post…. You might not like it, but I bet some other people would laugh their arses off.
Yeah yeah, I know I can’t and I WON’T. But just think of the fun…
What’s your commenting philosophy?