Sadly this site is becoming like one of those sites that annoy me.
I pump out some bit of garbage, partly for my own amusement but also for the chat and banter that may arise.
You visit a site. You like what’s written, or maybe you dislike it, or maybe you just want to add [or subtract] a bit of wisdom. So you write your scintillating response and send it off. A day or so later you remember that frightfully witty response and there it is – still sitting all lonely at the bottom of the article. Has the author read it? Or is it just a case that he [or she] couldn’t be bothered to respond?
I love the comments on this site. They may make me chuckle [and on many an occasion, laugh out loud], but I consider them to be part of the whole post. Back when dinosaurs roamed at large I published a book which was basically a selection of posts. In my view the book was a failure mainly for one simple reason – it lacked the comments that people had made. It was bland and frankly a bit boring. It would have been considerably better if the comments had been included but technically [and ethically?] that would have been to difficult.
Now lately I have noticed that this is becoming one of those sites where comments are left unanswered; where people have gone to the trouble of commenting but get no response. This is the very thing that annoys me, and I am guilty of the crime of bad manners.
My only excuse is time, or rather lack of it. For someone who is supposed to be retired and all that, I seem to have remarkably little free time. As the days grow longer my time grows shorter. Weird.
I usually find that my “scintillating response” seems to finish off the comment stream. Perhaps I should take a hint?
How very weird. Me too (Where have I seen that before?) exactly.
Once upon a good length of time I registered as my user name in numerous places the monica Thredstoppa. Twas very apt.
Bastard! Should I also admit to always wanting to have the last word?
No worries. I truly enjoy browsing to this site and occasionally leaving a comment. If my comment isn’t responded to them that’s Ok. Nothing to worry about.
Silent lurkers are always welcome.
What? You spend all day wasting your efforts on washing, cooking, cleaning, looking after two animals, helping old ladies downstairs, moving tables around and cleaning the drains? How can you possibly justify not answering replies to your blog? After all the time and energy people have put in.
P.S. How’s the blue pipe?
You can add clearing 19 years worth of junk out of the back room to your list.
Blue pipe is still out there, still going nowhere.
No apology needed or expected. I’m a retired old codger too and have never been so busy doing basically, nothing much at all when one adds it all up, yet it seems to take all day to do it, or not do it, if you take my meaning. I’ve lurked on your blog for many a moon and may have commented under various names and non-existent email addresses, and shall keep reading it (and the comments) as long as you deign to share your thoughts and wit with your readers.
The only other name you have used is “Young Elderly Gentleman” according to my records. So are you young or old?
Can’t one be both? By that I mean physically old but young in mind? FWIW, I shall be 69 this year. As your software has no doubt told you, I have a fixed IP (for technical reasons) so you will always locate me that way, regardless of what name I may comment under.
One can indeed be both or even multiple identities. However the moderation works on a combination of email address and username so any variation of those two will bung you back into moderation again. Unfortunately IP addresses can only be used for blacklisting and not whitelisting.
Happy birthday whenever it is. I’ll be 69 in less than two weeks!
Always lurking, sometimes commenting. Either way, what bliss? (?)
Don’t know what that means exactly but it seemed appropriate…I think.
There’s a drag queen here calling himself Panti Bliss if that’s any help?
Umm, not quite that I think.
The route to eternal blogging satisfaction is to take the view that, when a post gets lots of comments, that means you’ve stimulated a vibrant discussion on some topic of common interest.
If, however, a post gets no comments, take that to mean that you have successfully encompassed absolutely all the relevant aspects of the subject within one succinct post and there is no more to add.
Hah! I suppose that’s one way of looking at it. I’ll try and remember on my darker days.
Ah, why can’t we all simply lurk and not be bothered by comments to our comments to your comments, I wonder?
No comment. 😉
No comment to that!
But I do enjoy reading about Herself and her stair troubles, the animals and all. I only comment (as another old codger, retired) if I think there’s a drip of wisdom (well, more of a moist patch actually) which I can add positively.