I had another little notification from WordPress yesterday. They’re always changing things around here and for some reason they have seen fit to discontinue connections to people’s Facebook profiles. Wait, now that I read the email it’s actually Facebook who are doing this, not WordPress, so let’s not blame them. Whoever it is, it came as a bit of a blow because I get lots of readers via Facebook, and although it’s annoying when people don’t comment on here because they’ve done it on there, it does at least mean that you get dialogue; and dialogue is one of the main reasons for getting a blog in the first place. Writing can be quite isolating, especially if you’re not yet at the stage where you get to do lots of performances, book signings, festivals and so on; so a blog is one of the main ways you can have dialogue with readers. When I first set fingers to keyboard I was scared of getting negative comments, but I’ve had very few of those. I’ve dealt with persistent offenders by blocking them, and I once got rid of a troll by asking him to send me some of his own poetry as it was obviously so much better than mine. I’ve had radio silence ever since.
No, most comments are lovely. They are interesting, stimulating and, if not always appreciative, at least never hostile. I have come across points of view which I would never have encountered otherwise, and had conversations with people I would never have met.
But one of the main reasons for writing a blog is what OH calls a ‘brain dump’. You have thoughts going round and round in your head and you want to do something with them, so you forge them into a blog post. In so doing you are able to examine these thoughts and see where they lead. You can evaluate them and judge whether they are worthwhile. You can hone and refine them – and in so doing, hone and refine your own thought processes.
What’s not to like?
So please, if you’re on Facebook, check out my page and ‘like’ it: