Would it kill you to leave a comment, already!

Why do people write? They write with the hope that what they’ve written will be read by someone. That it will cause a reaction, make the reader think, learn, and become aware of something the writer believes is important enough to write about.

The reward for all this effort, the research in the wee hours of the morning, the composition that the writer has struggled to create and poured his or her heart into, is the response. The holy grail of writing is the comments the reader leaves.

If no one takes the time to leave a comment, do I exist? Good or bad, the comment is the validation that the writer seeks, to ignore the opportunity to leave a response is to not care and if no one cares then what’s the point?

Faced with this question when I asked politely for readers to leave a comment on something I felt passionate about I decided to, yup, write about it. So I started in my usual manner, first I research.

I’ve discovered that I’m not the first to ask this question but I was surprised to learn how much has been written and posted regarding this age old query. I’ve determined that I fall into a certain category of writer who writes because it’s inherently therapeutic and pleasurable – “10% of Writers Write are not only Passionate about writing and find it to be; Therapeutic and Pleasurable.”

“The amount of creative writing programs at universities have exploded from about 50 in the 1980s to over 300 just in the US. There are over 110 million blogs.”~ http://authorspromoter.com/why-writers-write/

There is a plethora of articles and Blog post on the topic and apparently I’ve just added yet one more. But my impetus for sitting at my laptop this morning is to address a specific question, why didn’t one of the eight individuals who did read my Facebook post leave a response? How difficult could it have been to leave a simple comment? I understand that visitors to WordPress are reluctant to register unless you are a fellow blogger but Facebook users are profuse and prolific, apparently having no aversion to posting a comment to a post.  How many other ‘comments’ will you leave on Facebook posts that have to do with less important content? You know me, have the frickin’ decency to leave a comment, especially when I say please!




5 thoughts on “Would it kill you to leave a comment, already!

  1. Dennis, on one hand you claim to write for therapeutic reasons and on the other you claim that it is so that people will read what you have written.

    If your words are written to soothe something within yourself, then when you share them openly, you are giving them up. In giving them to others, you need to let go of whatever obligation you think owed to you based on the sharing of your thought.

    I get it.

    I like to hear people’s thoughts and feedback, too.

    But I can’t imagine that a blog post like this one is going to encourage anyone to comment.

    Readers owes writers nothing. It’s not analogous to “failing to tip” the waitress; it’s analogous to eating a meal and not telling the chef whether it was enjoyable (or not).

    If every chef took issue with the lack of comments, he/she would hang up his/her toque and be done.

    If you wish to consider yourself a writer, I think it would do you well to not look to your blog readers to provide you feedback. You’re writing either to heal something about you or to entertain. Your writing shouldn’t spark you to become angry with those who you’re serving.


  2. Ok ok I’ll take the bait. I confess I read your blog every now and again because we miss seeing you every Sunday, and I like to know you’re still up to your old hijinx. It gives me comfort! Hope to see you in person again soon, Dennis.


  3. Hi Joanna,

    You’ve just made my night; you have no Idea how gratifying it is to read your comment. I miss all of you too. I ran into David and young Master Tim just before the Holidays; it was great to see them. I keep in touch with Louise Higgenbotham through Facebook.
    My best to you, David, Tim, and Ruthie.

    be well


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