MAY 22, 2013 :: 6:13 AM
I thought I'd say a little bit about my comments policy. I haven't addressed it before, but with all the kind notes people have been leaving on my virtual doorstep, I feel I need to say something.
Right now, I don't respond to comments. I read every single comment that is left here. I often copy comments into what a friend of mine calls a "Win Book," where I keep compliments and sweet words for those days when I feel like a total waste of flesh and bone. I do notice when people come here and comment repeatedly; I think of you, those repeat commenters, as friendly voices in the crowd. I appreciate your words deeply, and it is partially the comments and emails I receive that keep me going on with this blog.
However, I don't respond to comments for a very simple reason: I don't have time. I know that some bloggers would argue with this reasoning, giving me flak about how one "makes time" and such, but I honestly struggle with the amount of time I'm given in a day. I get into bed at 8. (Not kidding.) I wake up early, but have only three hours before I must start working at my day job, and I get less time if I need to commute to the office, which I do once a week; in that period, I do anything from blogging to working on my next book to going on a long, head-clearing walk. By the time I'm off the clock at the end of the day, I'm completely exhausted, and often in no mood to look at the computer anymore. I take a shower instead, or read magazines. I chat with friends. I talk to C. I make dinner and eat it. So I don't respond to comments.
If the fact that I don't directly respond to a comment bothers you, please don't feel obligated to write one. I really and sincerely appreciate them; I really and sincerely appreciate your time and your energy. If you have a direct question that you'd like me to address, feel free to email me. I'm slow about email sometimes, but I try my best.
Thank you, all of you, for reading and for visiting. I am deeply grateful.