If you have followed this blog since I began it earlier on this year, I am sure you have noticed the lack of a comments section. There is no designated area for you, as a reader, to convey to me, the writer, what each article makes you feel. Unless you email me, telling how my writing has inspired you to pick up photography or how it has helped you better learn the craft, I will never know. And I love it that way.
Why won’t you let me comment? I have so much to say
I truly do understand that some of my articles may spark some region in your mind, lighting a fire that cannot be contained. You may feel the absolute need to convey to me your feelings, to tell me how great of an artist and writer I am. But if you truly feel that strongly about my work, I feel as though you would simply email me to let me know.
Before I began this blog, I had been doing a ton of reading online. I was scouring the interwebs, looking for advice as to how I should format my blog and what I should even write about. All I knew was that I needed to write. Yet the best advice I had read was by a blogger who refused to allow his readers to comment or like what he wrote. He even disabled analytics so he could not see how many daily, monthly, yearly viewers his website was receiving.
At first, this seemed silly
Why would you, as a content creator, willingly disable your analytics? What is the benefit to not being able to know if you are doing something right? For a few days I let those thoughts fester in the back of my mind. Months past and I decided it was time to start up my blog. It was time to make a choice: allow comments or not.
By not seeing your analytics, numbers won’t define you
It all really clicked for me after I began my journey with this blog. I chose to disable comments, not allow simple-liking (I did experiment with this for a bit but, as you can tell, I disabled it a few short weeks later), and I am currently looking for a way to disable analytics completely. My choice came down to the idea that I did not want numbers to define me. We as a society are surrounded by numbers every single day of our lives. They come in the shape finances, television channels, telephone numbers. Worst of all, they come in the shape of “likes” and “followers.” Social media is a plague; we cannot escape it without feeling as though we are missing out on something.
So, when I created my blog, I wanted to have a place online where I could revert to without feeling judged. Here, I can write whatever is on my mind without feeling as though I am doing something wrong. I can create freely, release whatever I feel like. And the best part is that there are no repercussions. Unless my article gets featured by another blog that allows comments – and I choose to read said comments – then I will never know if what I am putting out there is any good. Yes, there are some negative aspects to this but, as a whole, I would much rather not feel pressured to create “the next best thing.”
Instead, I will create what I want, when I want. And I won’t feel bad about it.