Why didn’t I respond? That’s the question I keep asking myself as I go through old posts and comments here at Childless by Marriage. This is the 679th post. (No wonder I have trouble finding a new topic.) Some topics have brought in dozens of comments, some only a few or none. Whenever I write about partners who don’t want kids or about stepchildren, the comments come pouring in. Sometimes I write something that seems just brilliant to me, and . . . nothing. As I comb through the posts for a “best of” compilation, I ponder whether I should skip the ones that raised no comments.
But let’s talk about commenting on blogs. I read a lot of stuff online. I click a lot of “likes” and “hearts.” But I don’t comment very often. It takes time and thought. It also makes me visible to the author of the blog and its other readers. I often find I don’t have much to say, or if I do, I think it’s dumb. I’m may not want to get involved in an extended discussion. Maybe you can identify with some of these reasons. I totally understand if all you want to do is read. That’s fine.
But I’m in charge of this blog, and I have set up certain expectations, like that I care about you all. I do. I truly do. But in reading back through the old posts and comments, I’m finding comments filled with worry which no one answered. I want to respond now. I know what I want to say. But it’s years too late. I don’t know what the person’s situation is now, and chances are they would not see my belated comments.
Why didn’t you answer then, I ask myself. There are times when you readers are having a good discussion and you really don’t need my input. After all, I already had my say in my blog post. Sometimes it’s that I approve the comment on my phone or my tablet where it’s more difficult to write, thinking I’ll post a response when I get back to my computer. And then I forget. At other times, I just don’t know what to say. This is hard stuff.
All I can do now is try to do better. I always try to approve your comments as soon as WordPress notifies me about them. For recent posts, I have taken the time to edit grammar and spelling mistakes. I will never change the content, but I will make minor changes that make your writing more readable.
I know you have poured your hearts out. I pledge to respond more often where a response seems needed, if only to reassure you that someone has heard you and cares. I encourage you all to chime in, too. We need to stick together. And if you wrote before in a time of crisis, we would all love to know how things turned out.
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4 thoughts on “Why Didn’t You Answer My Comment?”
I don’t really have anything to say, Sue, except you’re only human. The dilemma you pose is the main reason I don’t post much on Facebook. I normally can’t just say a short response when someone has poured their heart out and left it bleeding on my news feed. Since I don’t have time to put on my best armchair psychologist cap and really respond the way I like, I just don’t post. The downside is no one really gets to know my heart (i.e., the real me) through Facebook. The upside is….there’s not one reason, other than my time is my own still. If it means anything, I never wondered why you didn’t respond to any of my comments that I posted. Some you responded to, others you didn’t. And that’s okay.
Thanks, Shil0h. I appreciate you being here.
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I am not a commenter for the same reasons you mention. But I am a reader, and I do always read your blog and the posts. They make me feel less alone at times when I need to feel less alone. I appreciate the love and time you put into this blog. It has made my life better. Thank you.
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I’m glad you’re here, Pamela.