Talk About, Tuesday: What Shall We Discuss?

I have a strange feeling of Deja Vu.

One of the things I suggested we could do on Tuesdays was an ‘Ask Me Anything’ kind of thing, but that’s hard to do unless there are folks willing to ask question.  So, here again is my invitation – my challenge perhaps.  Go on… ask me anything.

It’s a strange thing, as a matter of fact, the level of engagement that we, as readers, give to those we read.  Even me, I’ll confess. We read people’s blogs, tweets, Facebook posts, etc. and rarely engage beyond pushing the ‘like’  button. In fact more often than not, the posts that draw the most comments, (besides those answering famous celebrity’s SM posts), are ones that are controversial in some way; once which provoke in us the ‘flight or fight,’ response – and our actions are most often ones of fight.

So when we come across innocuous, or even pleasant posts, beyond ‘liking,’ the post, what are we to do?  How do we best engage?

For me it boils down to, do I have a feeling one way or another? If not, I’ll generally leave the post alone – I gave up the ‘like’ button a long time ago.  However, is that respectful to the people that have gone to the trouble of sharing something that obviously meant something to them? It is a conundrum, the answer to which eludes me.

Mind you, whenever I read a person fiction on the internet now, I am sure to leave a comment now, because I realize how disheartening it can be that you go to all the trouble of writing something and then no one ever comments, and I’m not the only writer that posts fiction online to bemoan the lack of comments from our readers.  And as a writer, also, I’ll always trying to answer a comment if one is left.

So my friends, how do you go about solving this issue – though perhaps it is a non-issue for you?

About Eirian Houpe

Writer and Teacher. Published works: Eternal Dance (as Linden S Barclay) and articles for Wigston Magna Dog Training Club, and SFX Magazine.
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