Comment at your own risk

Have you ever heard anyone say, “at the risk of sounding stupid,” before they started to tell you something?  I’ve heard it plenty, and it is one of my most favorite things.  You learn a couple of things about that person right off, they don’t have any confidence in themselves and they don’t really know when to keep their mouth shout.

Thanks to the internet, most of these people have an avenue to voice their opinion, no matter how uninformed it might be.

That is one of the added bonuses that I have received, as I have ventured into the world of writing.  There is nothing like a good laugh after spending a few hours deep in thought as I research and then write a story.

To be fair, most of the people who make comments on my Blog aren’t this way (Most of them are my friends , who read my pieces off of Facebook or Twitter).  If they were I can’t imagine that they would hang out in the same social circles as myself.

Where I see it the most, is as I read through different things on the web as I try to relax.  It seems like most of these people are trying to pick a fight or something.  I’m sure that they must be bored or just too passionate about whatever the topic might be.

If you are one of the fine individuals that takes the time to do this, I have a few words of advice for you.

1.  Make sure you read the entire story before you comment.  It’s clear that most of you don’t take the time or effort required to do this but it is an absolute must.

2.  Make sure that what you wrote makes some sense.  If you don’t agree with a writer’s opinion there is nothing wrong with voicing that, but it’s important that you do it coherently.

3.  Feel free to hit the spell check button every once in a while.  Your opinion isn’t considered valid if more than half the words you use are spelled incorrectly.

4.  Stay on topic.  If the story or post you are commenting on is about the stock market, then make sure your thoughts are focused on, wait for it…. the stock market. Nobody reading through your comments wants to know your thoughts (or lack thereof), about a totally different subject.

5.  Remember that the life blood of writing comes from the feedback, so I’m not suggesting that you stop commenting all together.  Just take a little time to read over what you’ve written and decide if you want it out there.

If you have a hard time deciding, maybe you should think about how it makes you look in the public eye.  If that doesn’t work, then just think about if your mother would approve.  That’s a great thing to keep in mind when making most of life’s decisions.

I absolutely love to write and will continue to do so for a long time and I greatly appreciate those of you who comment on whatever myself and others put into print.  A fair amount of you know exactly what you are talking about.

For those of you that don’t have any clue; follow my advice (if you want to sound educated, that is).  But most of all, keep commenting.  This world needs a lot more laughter, and what you write brings a substantial amount of it into my life.

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