Commenting on the impact of comments

a self portrait of me reflected in a window - so you see two of me.This week I was written about – or rather a piece went up on Disability Arts Online’s site based on an interview I did with trainee journalist Lynne E Blackwood. It’s odd seeing yourself through someone else’s eyes.

I particularly liked seeing my passion come out – the reasons why I do what I do.

“The world is not a fair place. The world’s never been a fair place. But I think it’s getting crueller and more unfair, in some ways, when we have the technical potential to make it fairer.  So I want to play my part in making my granddaughter’s world better. If I can’t make it better for my kids, maybe I could make it better for my grandkids.”

But my favourite thing about the article is the comment at the end that artist Dolly Sen added. I now want this as an epitaph please:

That woman has so much passion about diversity and arts, you could cook sausages a mile away from the heat of it.

It’s got me thinking about comments.

As someone who writes a lot for the web, I know the joy a genuine comment brings (and the constant disappointment and annoyance of the spam ones) – doesn’t matter if its positive or negative, the joy is in that someone has been moved enough by what you have written to let you know. So knowing all that, why do I comment so little on the work of others?

Did you know there was a dirty secret that no one has told you about commenting on blogs? … But the number one dirty secret that no one told you about commenting on blogs and why you should do it…..ready for this really dirty secret? Because it FEELS GOOD. I know it’s more of a clean secret than a dirty one but it’s the truth anyhow.

Often I will have a strong response to what I am reading, but that won’t translate into words for all to see. Is it about time (and lack of)? About not being sure enough of my opinion to want to share it? Not wanting my thoughts to be available for posterity (or as long as that site is archived) to anyone who might come along.

I’m going to have a ponder on this – and try an experiment to comment more, knowing the impact it can have on the writer. Join in – you could comment here!

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