You just can’t shut me up today!
My friend, Jennifer, brought this up on a forum we post on. Her original question, led me to ask others (in my head).
Her original question was, is it rude to specifically ask people to comment on your blog, but never return the comment love?
While I think it’s in poor taste, I wouldn’t call it outright rude. That being said, I’m guilty of it. Between the review blog, my personal blog, my cloth diapering blog, raising my kids, cleaning my house and running my small business, it’s freaking hard. I do read as much as I can, but I’m not great about commenting. I love comments, so I’m making a real effort to improve this.
Which led me to my next question: What do you do when someone breaks up with you? Without telling you? You create real relationships with other bloggers, and converse with them through comments. You care about these people and what happens in their lives. The comment love goes back and forth happily for a while, then abruptly stops. It’s like when a boyfriend just stops calling. You wonder what you said wrong. You wonder why your relationship wasn’t strong enough that the person couldn’t approach you with the issue. You just wonder what happened! This happened to me fairly recently. I didn’t get spiteful and stop reading, or delete this person from my blogroll (I wanted to, for sure!). I still enjoy her, I just don’t comment anymore, and not to try to hurt her, but I’m afraid she just doesn’t want to hear what I have to say. It stung a little. I didn’t lose any sleep over it. But, if you decide to stop reading someone, should you let them know? Or is it not an important enough relationship?
And now to my final musing. As a blogger, do you have an obligation, when reporting things in the news, to make sure your information is factual? I ask because recently, I blogged about Sarah Palin’s education cuts, then found out I gave out the incorrect information, and blogged again to clear the air and report the truth. It felt wrong to me to spread lies, even though I don’t support that party. It’s still a lie. I know it’s easy to fall into the mis-information trap – it took me over an hour to dig out the truth about the so-called cuts. But in the end it’s worth it to me. I recently ran across the blog of an old (and now ex) friend of mine. She had tons of stuff up about the Obama Infanticide up. Incorrect information (more on that coming soon). This is something that was easy for me to verify – even though I went and read the bills in question myself. I would hate to think that someone took something incorrect from my blog and spread it as fact. I do feel an obligation to blog about the truth. I know some responsibility lies with the reader – but it begins with me.