A Post about — Comments!

There’s ham and eggs, brownies and milk, winter and summer, and POSTS AND COMMENTS.  The one makes the other go, the other pulls the one along. I’m sure I have the most thoughtful, interesting readers anywhere. Your lively comments can enlarge my small offerings to something new and wonderful — even to me.

I no longer write to hear myself think. I’ve been writing all my long life and I mostly know what I think already. I write to hear what OTHERS think. What YOU think. It’s new to me — fresh and refreshing and unpredictable.

My own image is a post as a springboard over a deep body of water —  Readers walk out on the springboard, and some of them dive in — And then there’s a whole bunch of people frolicking in the water or seriously swimming — in a CONVERSATION, and that’s my highest form of praise.

Why do I think it’s necessary to post this? Well, to say thanks, for one thing. But mostly because I’ve discovered that lots of people aren’t even aware of comments, let alone as their often being a vital part of the post. There they are, stuck away at the bottom in small print in a parenthesis (xx Comments), and so what?

So what, Reason one: I reply to every single comment, which means at minimum, a short dialogue’s going on.

Reason two: Other people comment and I reply, and you’re overhearing a dialogue.

Reason three: Read two comments, and you’re eavesdropping on a conversation.

Reason four: If something strikes you, you can dive in and then you’re right there mixing it up in the pool, an active part of the conversation.

Exhibit A: The posts Buddhas — and Ordinary People and Doubt? Or Certainty, both recent on my second blog, Touch2Touch. There are lots of others. Take a look —

Exhibit B:  Weekly Photo Challenge, BROKEN 2, on this blog, where the discussion is just opening up, and already shifting some pessimistic views from BROKEN to BEGINNING to BELOVED — Now how is that happening? And what do you think about brokenness anyway?

If you don’t normally pay attention to comments on blog posts, remember that you’re only getting the part and not the whole, and check ’em out when the subject interests you. As a lure, here are two images prompted by that current discussion of BROKEN. They’re of mosaic benches (adorned with broken shards of ceramic, right?) in Barcelona’s Parc Guell, designed by the eccentric and colorful Antonin Gaudí:

There are the benches as art objects; and in use:

Come on and dive in. The water’s fine!

(Sorry I couldn’t find a larger image: I was in Barcelona before my computer, my camera, my blogs — 😦

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8 Responses to A Post about — Comments!

  1. I missed those when I visited Barcelona! Really good points made here. I also think the ‘like’ button has meant that fewer people stop for long. I certainly have used it when in a rush & not able to give a proper comment.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Julia, the whole of Parc Guell is a child’s fantasy come true. Worth going back to Barcelona for all by itself! (After your trip to New York, of course 🙂

      As for the “like” button, which I also use in like circumstances — it reminds me of the calling cards ladies used to leave back in more leisured times when they made morning calls. “I was here and send my regards….”
      And I’m certainly not ungrateful for them!
      But because a comment represents an investment of time and effort, it really warms the heart. So, for warming my heart today, Thank You!

  2. Kamakshi says:

    I have notice one thing that most people leave it at the like button..but don’t really wan to begin a conversation of sorts… i some how don’t enjoy the convenience but sometime i have nothing of significance to say so i fall prey to the like button. But i really like what your point of view, it is something that one never thinks about, glad you did Judith.. Now i can’t wait to hear from you!!

    http://mypointofviews.wordpress.com/2009/04/21/the-point-of-the-point/

    • Touch2Touch says:

      As you say, Kamakshi —
      The “like” button serves a purpose. Actually, two purposes. One is to say, I liked this but have nothing really to add. And the other to say, I liked this but don’t have time to say anything else.
      Both understandable from the point of view of busy people in a frantic world. I use it myself for those reasons.

      But when my interest is caught — as it often is on your blog, more by your comments actually than by the always interesting and sometimes quite beautiful photos you post —
      then I want to know more about you, about your life, about your India. And what a miracle the internet is, that I can ask you, and you can answer! A dialogue, at minimum!
      Namaste!

  3. ceceliafutch says:

    T2T,
    Great post. I agree with your last response. I often use the like button to let the bogger know that I was there. It is impossible to respond to every blog (I get hundreds of notifications daily) so at the very least I choose to leave my “hello, I like your blog. See ya round.” So, this is a great post. i like it. See you around. 🙂

  4. frizztext says:

    CONVERSATION – that’s the highest form of praise, YES!!
    I had a little for example at
    http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/castle-talk/

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Here’s some more conversation —
      I have been to Burg Eltz, frizztext!
      And walked up the gazillion steps, huffing and puffing, while all around us elderly white haired people with canes, some of them, were whizzing up and down like mountain goats, it was mortifying!
      But wonderful inside!

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