I've decided to tell you what I am reading each time I post and I'd like to put this with the image at the end, but don't know how yet. The book is Iran Awakening, by Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize. It is the mesmerizing tale of this incredible woman, who went from being a judge, in the time of the Shah, to a human rights lawyer today.
Now to the main feature presentation.
The comment section of a blog adds enormous interest for the reader, as well as for the blogger. I always read all the comments as well as the posts, which wastes a lot of extra time as I wing around my favourite blogs. Some of the commenters are very funny and you tend to see the same people on different blogs, so you get to know them very well, in fact, as well as you know the bloggers. You see the interplay between the visitor and the blogger and a real rapport developing between them over time. Of course, some of the blogs I read have serious posts, with serious comments added by serious readers who have something important to add to the original post. Enough said.
Some bloggers never respond to their commenters, others always respond and some respond selectively. Of course, since I mainly read medblogs and these people are extremely busy that's totally understandable. In fact, I've decided that they are very high achievers who need very little sleep, because they write well, have families and practise their medical specialty, whatever it is. Plus they zing around reading other medblogs and leaving witty (or serious) comments too.
After a few months of lurking, I started to poke my nose out and add a comment or two, here and there. Lo and behold, I turned into a monster. I kept dashing back to the site ( and totally screwing up the statistics) to see if anyone had answered the comment, especially the bloggers themselves. If they didn't and they usually answered everyone, I obsessed about whether I had said something stupid or offended them inadvertently. Now why on earth would I care? I'm anonymous, so it doesn't matter if I do look stupid, besides I'm "of a certain age" plus actually, so why should I care, I'm past all that nonsense. Well, apparently not!
Could things get worse? Fraid so. I started my own little blog but didn't expect to get any readers, so I added a comment to my own first post, since I didn't like looking at the zero comments at the bottom. But surprise, surprise. One of the bloggers I read regularly noticed me on his site via his bloglog and came over to visit and leave a comment and then another came. Well that was it, but after another couple of posts, I turned into the same fiend with my own blog, checking it several times a day to see if anyone had left a comment (and totally screwing up my own statistics). Now this is totally "beyond the pale" stupid, since an email alerts you to a comment on your blog, but I can't seem to help it.
I suppose, like everything else, I'll eventually get over it. I'll settle down to leaving the odd comment and travel on, without doubling back. I'll start to rely on the email system for alerting me about comments on my blog. But I do hate to see those zeros, not only on my blog but on other people's blogs. I don't think I'll ever get over that.