I Have a Confession: I've Been a Bad Audience

I don't take the time that I should to visit other people's blogs.

And often, when I do, I don't make enough of an effort to comment on what I read.

As much as I enjoy receiving comments—from the simplest "I like it" to the more constructive "You could try...."—I've been very bad at providing those same comments to others.

Part of this is due to the fact that there are only so many hours in a day. I've touched on how I split my time Living On Social Media.

Like it or not, Social Media eats into the time you could be using to do....something more productive, like writing.

The rest of it is due to, well, let's just chalk it up to a mix of self-doubt and procrastination. Thoughts of they really don't need to know what I think or I'll return later, read more carefully and leave a comment.

Later, of course, turns into never. And even if they don't need to know what I think, I know many of them would like to know.

I would. That's half the reason I blog.

Community is important to a writer. At least it is to this writer. As much as I'm an introvert in the physical world, I like talking to people, especially about the craft. I like to share my writing. I like to receive feedback and I like to provide the same. Hearing from someone who's gotten some indefinable something out of what I've shared makes me feel good, it behooves me to share more. And I'm certain I'm not so different from anyone else writing out there.

So I'm making a resolution, to spend time on Sundaytypically one of the slowest days of my week (especially here in the South where everything is closed)to visit a few of my fellow writers/bloggers and actually leave those comments instead of finding excuses not to.

Will you join me? Will you take the time to provide some support to your fellow writers?

(Cross-posted to Chaotically Yours)

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Comment by L. M. Leffew on April 8, 2014 at 11:58am

You're welcome, Katy. 

And thank you!. 

Comment by Katy Brandes on April 7, 2014 at 10:55am

You're so right - even if the support is just a few words!  I also wish I had come up with the pithy comments other people have written and think "I'm not worthy" (insert Wayne & Garth voice here, old timers).  Any feedback I get from other writers and readers fuels me, so it's always appreciated. Thanks for the encouragement to do the same for others!  

And I guess I just did!

Comment by L. M. Leffew on March 31, 2014 at 10:51pm

Thanks, Marie. 

I find myself asking the same thing when I see people posting comment after comment. I'd like their discipline, their fortitude. Ah, well. Something to aspire to. 

Comment by Marie Nicole on March 31, 2014 at 11:32am

I love this! I think most of us who happen to read this will be nodding their head in agreement. We are all guilty of this, some more than others, and some way less than others. I'm always impressed how some writers read and comment on every single post I publish. How do they do it? And they work full time? How do they do it? Have I asked that already???

The community is one to be cherished, and I accept your invitation.

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