Day 17 of the Slice of Life challenge
I continue to learn new things through this Slice of Life challenge. One of the lessons I'll carry with me is to comment on all the blogs I read. Perhaps not each and every post, but far more often than I have been.
I didn't comment much before for a list of reasons--too busy, reading on the go, my opinion wasn't quite formed yet, and sometimes even that my opinion or comments didn't really matter in the long run.
Here's what I've learned: comments matter. Writing is, at heart, a conversation between the writer and the reader. No reader, no conversation---just a monologue. It helps me as a writer to feel that I'm not always just a lone voice singing in the wind. When you comment, I know I've reached you, even if we disagree. If you comment, neither of us feel alone in our thoughts and sometimes we can even learn from one another. If I comment, I do the same for you.
I read many blogs consistently. Up to this point, I can count only a handful of times I've commented--which is silly given how giddy I get when I get comments on my posts. "But mine is just a little blog," I think, "and theirs has thousands of followers. My comment would be redundant. That first commenter said it better than I could."
I'm so thankful that this challenge has truly challenged me in many ways---the hosts were brilliant for requiring everyone to comment on three other posts per day. This is another good habit I'll be happy to keep after March is long over.