Post theft (noun): the "art" of using other bloggers posts/comments and making them into posts of your own.
I'm getting quite good at post theft. Sometimes I piggy back on other people's posts because it's the hot button topic at the time, and I believe that my 1.5 cents is worth throwing out there to the masses (I don't put in my 2 cents because the government always takes their share).
Speaking of post theft, this will be the 2nd post that I've written off of the "why we write" post from Nick over at Dime Boxes. Nick stated early in the post that "It always disappoints me a little bit to not get a comment or two on my posts." That statement made me think. For two days actually (I'm sure some of you could smell the smoke burning).
I thought about the frequency of my comments on other posts. I thought about the number of blogs I follow (close to 200 now). I thought about how much excellent writing occurs on a daily basis, and I'm not talking from one or two of the elite bloggers.
There is a lot of damn good stuff out there. Take a look around, pat yourself on the back, marvel in it.
The baseball card blogosphere has a lot of intelligent, passionate writers. Why don't I comment more? The answer comes down to a simple statement.
I'm a real smart ass.
Over the past few months, it's gotten worse. The frequency of the smart ass comments that comes from my mouth truly scares me. I'm becoming like that old man at the family reunion who just says stuff off the top of his head, damn the consequences, and it scares the hell out of me. When I'm in a group of people that I'm comfortable in, or in a setting that I'm very familiar with, the level of smart ass comments gets worse.
As you have read many times on my blog, I love being part of the baseball card blogging community. Even though I've been writing for just over 9 months now, I still consider myself the newbie (or one of the newbies) on the block. I don't want to step on toes, or say something that means one thing, but is interpreted another way because of how I've written the comment. I worry about stuff like that, more than you know.
I probably could count at least 50 times I've started to leave a comment on a blog, but have erased it and left nothing, for that simple fear of offending someone. Or I don't comment because I'm not able to make a point in a way that doesn't leave the first chapter of a novel in the other blogger's comment section.
I've become somewhat more comfortable lately writing statements such as "Great Post" on blogs that I normally wouldn't comment on. There are probably a handful of blogs that I would be truly comfortable posting anything on, because I have a pretty good relationship with that blogger.
Maybe it's high time that I broke my shell and make it a point of commenting more.
I'm sure that there are one or two people out there that would appreciate it.
[Note to self: turn this into a learning experience, and make it fun for the masses...]
Thanks for reading, Robert