These days I comment, reply, tweet and simply tag people on Facebook when I feel like it. But I wasn’t always like that.
Want to know a little secret?
I was afraid of commenting
When I started blogging, I didn’t comment on other people’s blogs. I was simply too scared. I suddenly felt like I was standing in front of a microphone addressing thousands of people, and on a popular blog, this is exactly what you are doing. Public speaking.
So I blamed fear. Then one day I decided enough was enough, I kicked fear to the side but another obstacle came up: I had nothing to contribute. When I read blogs like Spinsucks, Danny Brown, or Grow, as a digital baby, I felt out of my depth.
I guess if you are reading this blog and not leaving a comment you probably feel like I did, wondering if your opinion matters and if you have anything to bring to the conversation.
In short. Yes. You do.
Then I got passed the fear, knew what I wanted to say but still I didn’t comment.
How to feel at home at a blog
I would go on some blogs and feel like I didn’t fit in or that I was interrupting a private conversation between old friends. I didn’t want to jump in and feel I was annoying others.
They all seemed to know each other so well, surely they were happy with each other and didn’t need another voice. Especially when I didn’t always agree with what they were saying.
Am I allowed to say I don’t agree with everything in the post?
All the other commenters seem to love it and they will probably react badly if I don’t comment how great I find the post.
Please disagree. I lived too long in dictatorships to not allow dissent here.
No time to comment
Then as I became more active online, I read more but I also had to make choices, I didn’t have the time to comment on everyone’s blog, I had to make choices.
So perhaps you are at this stage and you simply don’t have the time to comment on every post you read. Is this blog in your reader but you don’t have the time to comment?
So what is your excuse for not commenting here?
I would love to meet you.