This year I discovered a new feature of my wordpress blog. Most of you have it too. At the top left corner there is a black button that says “My Site.” Beside it is a blue one that says “Reader.”
If you push “Reader”, your first choice is “Followed.” You can click it and see all the postings in the sites you follow.
Now, this is a great help, I said to myself, upon making this discovery. I can easily find and respond to my welcome wagon- first year slicers. I can respond to my personal friends. I can respond to the others I have chosen to follow.
If someone I follow posts late at night, after I have quit, I will see it the next day and I can respond.
I really, really try to keep up with all the aforementioned, because I just love comments. I figure karma in the blogosphere must be like karma everywhere- put out what you wish to receive. Do good in order to feel good. Treat others as you would like to be treated- oh, wait- that’s the golden rule. I would like to be treated- with comments!
But my thinking has shifted a bit, by this- my fifth year of slicing.
I feel more responsible than ever to comment. But I think hard about how I choose where to put my commenting energy. I am reminded of an exercise to start to examine racial equity, where we were each instructed to pull out our cell phone and look at our contacts list. How much diversity was there?
The sites I am following is like my contacts list. It’s a pretty long list of “friends.” It is already a lot to get through. But using it as a guide to comment didn’t feel right. I felt like I was in a clique. A happy, satisfied group of friendly people circulating support among ourselves. It felt great. Like being one of the popular girls. And therefore, wrong.
So, I look at the diversity of writers I am commenting on. Some aspects I can see- sometimes gender, sometimes race. Of course those goofy icons don’t tell you much! And another type of diversity has to do with how embedded into the challenge a person is; are they connected or going it alone?
So mostly, I just try to be random.
I neglect some of my followed friends in order to save some comment energy for others. I comment randomly throughout the long list. If I find someone with no comments, I read their piece extra carefully to leave a meaty one.
The only problem? Discovering more writers to follow!