Probably one of the best side-effects of having a blog is that so many people from so many different countries actually take the time to comment on my posts — which usually means they also read my posts (funny how that works!). I think this is just like having a lot of pen pals in different places all over the world — and I don’t have to pay for postage! I really love this part of the whole process – and it wasn’t a part I had actually even thought about!
However, as I have been reading other’s posts I have come to the conclusion that I am a REALLY bad pen pal. Pen pals are supposed to converse with each other, acknowledge each other’s thoughts and actually share information. I haven’t been doing any of that. Oh sure — I write a post and people comment — but I very rarely reply to their comments. I’ve noticed that there are lots of posts out there where the writer takes the time to write something – anything back to the person who not only took the time to READ the post, but also thought about it and took the extra time to make a comment. Sometimes the comment is one of encouragement and agreement – and is the case with all pen pals — sometimes the comments can be voicing a disagreement and a different viewpoint. But no matter what, other writers take the time to respond to these individuals – and I’ve even been the recipient of some of these responses!
I don’t know why it took me so long to realize that I’m not living up to my end of the deal – but it finally hit me that I’m not treating the individuals who read my posts with the appropriate amount of respect. I do read all of the comments — good and bad – and I take them all to heart (even the bad ones) – but I very rarely respond to them – not a very nice thing for a pen pal to do.
So here is the deal —
For all of those individuals who have commented on my previous posts – thank you for reading my posts. You have inspired me and helped me become a better writer. Sometimes your comments are longer and better written than my posts – and that is truly wonderful! You have shared your own stories of your lives and helped me remember other crazy times in my life – and also realize that I am not alone in my world of insane people.
For all of you who decide to comment on my posts in the future – I promise that I will make an effort to respond to your comments and acknowledge how important you are to my writing efforts. Although I write for me — I do get satisfaction from knowing that people actually read what I write – and I should do the same for you.
I’m going to be a better pen pal – and who knows what great stories people will share with me and what I will learn about the world in the process.