Day 7 Challenge
is to reflect on what we’ve learnt so far. Here’s my post on my reflections at Day 7 of the Comment Challenge.
What have I learned about myself as commenter?
I feel vulnerable and have a fear of making mistakes. When writing a comment I always feel as if I’m climbing onto a platform wearing very little and in full view of the whole world - I feel as I did the first time I entered a public sauna. There are parts of me that I feel I need to protect, though I’m often unsure which parts are the most vulnerable.
What have I learned about the act of commenting?
A comment is a multi-faceted thing.
It can be a:
- tool used to winkle out information from unexpected places
- pin that deflates another’s bubble and as such must be handled with extreme care
- detector for similar or dissimilar opinion and can be serendipitous in what it returns
- forum creator for companionship and sharing of understanding
- magnet for further comments and diverse opinion
- beacon to signal when there is a need
- difficult thing to estimate how it's interpreted by others
So far, it has been a liberation of a sort. My confidence has grown a little and I have found ways of phrasing my thoughts and ideas so I feel less hesitant about starting writing a comment. I learnt recently from my son, who is a programme developer, that he hates commenting on blogs. He fears making a terrible mistake and committing that blot to the blog to remain there for eternity.
That learning made me very aware of the vulnerability of the commenter. The blogger can always edit the blog post and fix the mistakes. A comment is for ever. It has to be more carefully considered than the blog post before committing it.
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