Lately, I find myself having trouble commenting on blogs. Not technical trouble. It’s just that I think I have something to say, I open the comment window, type in all my personal data, begin to comment and then think, “Is what I am saying here unpleasant? Is this a poorly formed thought or even worse, a poorly formed sentence? Should I just keep this to myself?” and then I close the window and move away from whatever blog I am reading as quickly as possible. I don’t really know why. That’s what comments are for, right? Stating your opinion in the worst way possible? Embarrassing yourself but only if someone else bothers to read the comments. But I always worry that I will offend the person to whom the comment is directed, even if I am not particularly trying to offend. Because, let’s face it, sometimes I am.
So, with all this in mind, here are a few of my unsent comments:
“Thank you for saying that about previous poets laureate. I have wanted to make that same observation but fear beatings from honest New England and Mid West farmers of the type glorified in their poetry.”
“Dude, I could have told you never to good “giant woman” or any variant there of. NEVER!”
“Please, please, please find a new avatar. That one is just freaky”
“I love figs too! Lately, I’ve been eating them just drizzled with honey…but…you are a vegan…gosh, I hope that wasn’t offensive. It’s not that I don’t feel for the bees, it’s just that…I…really like honey…but…but…”
“I love cupcakes.”
“Please don’t ever do this again. Ever. Thank you.”
“I think you saw everything I did not see at comic-con, including all the things I never wanted to see. And yet…you took pictures.”
“I hate to sound preachy or anything but in this post you totally come across as a total dickhead.”
This is why tend not to leave comments at all.