Sunday, June 10, 2007

Comments On Comments

One of the most common questions I get is: “Why don’t you have a ‘comments’ section on your blog?” Most blogs have a section where the readers can leave comments. Mine does not. Why, you ask? Well, it’s pretty simple, actually. When I first set up this blog, I had no readers. (obviously... NO ONE has readers when they first set up a blog) So when I was setting up this blog, I turned the comments option OFF. There’s a couple of reasons for this. I didn’t want to worry about whether or not I had readers. I didn’t want to obsessively check my posts for comments. I didn’t want to pour my heart into an entry, like “Happy Birthmother’s Day”, only to get depressed if no one commented on it. I didn’t want to have to presume that I only had 2 readers, if I only received 2 comments. And I REALLY didn’t want to have meanies (and we all know they exist) say mean things about my posts, or correct me or disagree with me. I’m all for discussions and people feeling free to disagree, but I’m not really writing about controversial stuff/political views, etc. I’m just sharing my thoughts and feelings. And who can disagree with that? I’ve been to therapy. I have been assured that NO ONE can disagree with my feelings! “I” statements, everyone! Oh yes... back to my comments. I really have no idea how many people read my blog since I have the comments turned off. I can imagine that hundreds of people read it, or I can imagine that no one reads it. I started off writing for myself, and I still am writing for myself. It’s an outlet for me. Perhaps a way for me to maintain a certain level of sanity when adult conversations are slim and I can’t go to the bathroom without having a couple of kids and cats accompany me. So what do people have to do in order to tell me what they think about a particular post? Well, they have to email me! I must admit, I’m kind of glad I’ve got the comments turned off. All sorts of wonderful people from all over the world (including Australia!) have emailed me about my blog. It’s so much more personal than “anonymous” leaving a comment on my blog. When people email me about my blog, it starts an ongoing conversation, and sometimes sparks a friendship. So you’ve got something to say about my purple house or my love of snakes? Drop me a line! Come on, I dare you.

Oh, and what do those pictures have to do with comments? Nothing. I just liked them, so I put them in this post. It’s my blog and I can do things like that if I want to. And no one can leave a comment and tell me I can’t!