I Live in the Comments

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Lately, I have realized that some of my best work is in your comment boxes. Here and there, you will see me pop up and say something about what you have written or the image you have made. Sometimes all I say is a line, a small poem, even a full on haiku on occasion. Other times, since I am always scouring the Hugot tag, I usually give my own Hugot and I write about the similarities and differences of our pains and sorrows in the genuine belief that everybody needs someone to listen to them. It is my hope that in some way, I have helped you in your struggles.

Part of it is because I simply like talking to people. Although I am not what you would call a social butterfly, I love talking to people. If it is a subject where I can contribute, ten times out of ten I would say something. There are times that I would talk to strangers just to pick their brains. It helps that I have a semi-eiditic memory. I seem to know every unimportant fact about everything else, like what the heck are those bubbles you see when you look up at the sky or what the deepest part of the ocean is.

So here in the blogosphere, finding people talking about everything under the sun, I just cannot help but write. There is something about the nature of the blogging community that makes you just want to get in touch and leave words of your own. In fact, the brilliance of your work gives life to the words I make. Your pain, your struggles, your joy, your insights into this beautiful, cruel world gives fuel to my passion to write about this beautiful, cruel world. In a way, I am a word vampire, I feed off your work so that I find my own words. So I thank you for letting me take a bite so to speak.

I also realize that a comment is far more powerful than a like. The reason being that comments imply that you want to engage with the author of the work, not just simply be a spectator. A comment says you are interested in the other persons growth because you realize that we are all on the process of learning to better. When we grow together, then our individual works and voices become all the more powerful.

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  1. I think everyone who writes would love to read comments on their posts, than numbers of likes and views. I like this entry. Looking forward to talk with you the soonest.โ˜บ๏ธ

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  2. Sez you: A comment is far more powerful than a like.

    I have noticed that a lot of Philippine readers “like” this and that blog posting, but do not comment. Are they lazy? Afraid to make mistakes in their writing? Feel inadequate in their language skills? Simply have no opinions?

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    • I dunno. People do tend to be selective or they dwell in their subject matter a lot. I almost always comment on Hugot tags because that is my field so to speak.

      Or maybe because a lot of bloggers are just trying things out and they’re just getting the hang of things.

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      • Well I think it’s just a matter of preferences. Some people like to engage in conversation while others aren’t comfortable with chatting to strangers. So the like button is a simpler way to show that they appreciate your work. Also, a like is so much faster than a comment, and often when I go through an amazing post and don’t have time for a proper critical appreciation, I make sure I at least like it, then get back to it later๐Ÿ˜Š. Hope you understand what I mean.

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      • Yep. I feel that way sometimes too. The like button is soooo easy to use. But I still try to make time to comment of I can especially if it’s something I’m passionate about.

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  3. It helps that WordPress is a great blogging community where (almost) everyone seems nice and willingly engages in conversations.
    I blogged on Xanga once. The drama there would have put a soap opera to shame. In the end I left because it just wasn’t conducive, writing surrounded by so much negativity.
    Keep writing, you have a talent for it! I’m always looking forward to your posts. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. Any day, I prefer the conversation to a like that says nothing. Please do keep nibbling at the words ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. You are one of my favorite writers and each time, you capture the same line of thoughts running through my head in your words. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  6. Yes, even though we all have different Hugot experiences, we need to read or hear it somewhere. So thank you for your posts. They’re entertaining. And I learn new words from here. Your Sonnet 1 post, made me the remember the word ochre and this one, the semi-eiditic memory, which is a new thing I had to google it up haha!

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  7. Oo. Nakakainis ka nga eh. Kahit comment na lang parang blog entry pa din sa bangis eh. May isa ka ngang comment somewhere na iniscreenshot ko. At paulit ulit kong binabasa hahahaha

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