Have you ever noticed how when you write your thoughts on paper it helps to clarify your feelings? It’s no wonder keeping a journal is so popular.
Blogging is the same. We often write (blog) about that which is on our mind.
It’s not just posting to a blog that can be beneficial. So can commenting.
We all know commenting is a great way to get our blogs found. Commenting builds community, both on our blog, and on others. Just like writing a blog post, commenting can also give us a voice.
When a blogger writes a post on a subject that interests me, I get to thinking and excitedly leave a comment that basically says, “Yeah, me, too, etc…” My hope is my comment adds value to the post, and in the process, I feel I’ve been heard.
Other times I may read a post on a subject I’ve avoided thinking about. It could be on a life, business or blogging issue. Maybe what the author wrote strikes a chord with me and I realize I need to make a change. Perhaps the post is on the subject of death; an issue that occasionally haunts me.
On those type of blog posts I’m hesitate about admitting my weaknesses to the world, and/or telling others how the post may have opened up an old wound.
But, by reading the post, thinking about how it affects me, and leaving a comment saying so, I find I gain clarity, which in turn, begins the healing/learning process. By sharing what I’m feeling/thinking, I realize my words may help others, as well.
When I think back to the most memorable posts I’ve read, they are ones that were hard to read. In fact, oftentimes I was typing my comment with tears in my eyes. Looking back, the process of was extremely therapeutic.
I like when a blogger asks questions in their posts. They make me think. The thinking process opens my mind to other possibilities. When I share a comment, I get closer to finding answers to unresolved issues and/or gain clarity on a subject that eluded me.
What about you?
When you read other blog posts, does the act of commenting on them bring you closer to finding clarity?
Does reading posts or comments on a post, open you mind to more possibilities?
Do you ever hesitate to leave a comment because the subject hits too close to “home”?
Please feel free to share how commenting affects you. I’m guessing I’m not alone on this issue.
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