― Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hawthorne’s quote speaks to what I believe is happening in our class. People enjoy reading each other’s journal entries, but find it hard to think of a response.
Still, this week I posted 22 comments to people’s journals.
I received three comments in my journal in a week’s time. Three.
I even put myself way out there and put a poem up that provided a look inside of my soul. I received one comment (thank you, Patrick).
I honestly don’t know why this is happening. In the blogosphere, if someone comments on your journal/blog it’s a reasonable expectation for that person to comment back. Maybe not 100%, but certainly more than 14%.
This is frustrating me to the point of exasperation. Tell the truth - don't you enjoy when you open Weebly or Blogspot and see that someone has sent you a comment? Don't you open it with a bit of excitement? The thrill of the unknown?
As Hawthorne said, writing something even somewhat interesting to read is hard work. Since we established our blogs in the Fall term, I feel I’ve done my part to contribute to our Writing Community. Fitz has even threatened our grade by basing a part on commenting. This doesn't seem to have made a bit of difference.
I hope that these words are taken in the spirit intended, that we will each recognize how important it is to take the time to be supportive of each other, and that this will change…right now! We owe it to each other to be responsible citizens of our Writing Community. If you want to say something less than complimentary about my writing, that’s fine. I’ll try to learn from it.
It’s better than crickets.