What’s in a Post?

Well, I did it. I was behind 43 new posts according to my email folder 3 days ago. Now, that’s 43 behind!

That doesn’t count the new ones I have had in the last 3 days!

But, at 2:50pm on Friday August 31, 2012, I was truly caught up.

I can hear some people now:

“Why didn’t you just skip a few? Why didn’t you simply skim them and click ‘like’?”

And I say back, “How could I?”

I chose to follow the 35 blogs I follow. I selected those people out of all the ones I have seen and/or read because they say something to me. I enjoy pouring over the posts each day (some days more than others, obviously, but still…).

All of these wonderful people poured out a significant part of their daily life’s time into creating something they felt necessary, for one reason or another, to include in their day’s work. I pour a good portion of my day into my post.

It would feel like wasted time if I thought people simply skimmed over my posts, clicked, “like”, and then went on without another thought. I, at least, assume that each of the “likes” I get are from people who enjoyed or thought it well-done after they read my post.

Must’ve been reading Statistics!

I don’t, for a moment, think that people pour over my posts like you would a statistics textbook or even a best-seller novel. It’s something in-between and different for each person and for each post read by that person.

There are posts I read because I enjoy being informed; others I read because I need a good laugh or, at least, a happy smile; then, there are those that bring (or almost) tears to my eyes as I see how they must feel and/or how they have to live.

I forgot the category of posts that simply make me think (or rethink) something.

I spend an average of 7-8 minutes on a post. Doesn’t sound like a long time, does it? I guess it’s not until you understand that I read about 10-15 posts a day, 7 days a week. Around two hours a day, I wrap myself up in the lives of others. So, not getting to do that for 3 days was depressing. I did it for good cause:

I was tired, I had a writing deadline to hit, and I spent part of it with other people.

The reason for this post is to let all of you out there know two things:

First, I do read your posts. Even if I don’t comment or if I forget to click “like”, I do read them. I don’t just delete them out of hand.

Second, I never assume that any of you do that to my posts. I am thankful for each comment, each “like”, and each and every view I accumulate. And I pay attention to what you write in your comments. I look at the patterns in the “stats” and try to not do something if it doesn’t go over very well after a few attempts.

All in all, I would say we make quite a team. According to my “stats” there are several hundred on my team. I really like that. Of course, that doesn’t compare to the 10-15 of you who I feel very close to now. We have been together for months each and every day (practically) and you are, indeed, special to me. I have shared with you things that I haven’t really even talked to my family about.

You listen and, more importantly, some of you get it, get me. It’s a big world out there and it’s nice to know that there are some who, not only get me, but that I can be a small part of your world for 7-8 minutes a day or, at least, think about you reading the post I created for that day.

You are special.


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  • Aspergers Girls  On September 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Yes….great post….but I am fine if you need to skip a few of my posts, even a bunch. Hope you will never read out of obligation. 🙂 Thank you for your continued support. 🙂


    • kindredspirit23  On September 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      It isn’t so much obligation as I don’t want the habit of skipping to develop.
      I know I may have to skip at some point, but right now, I want to read them all.
      It’s just a little wearing to get that far behind and I need to try hard not to let that happen again.


  • jmmcdowell  On September 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Just remember, though, most bloggers understand that readers can’t get to every post. if you ever find yourself really behind and overwhelmed with trying to catch up, it’s okay to skip some. Honestly.


  • lostbythesea  On August 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Well said Marisa! I feel the same way too. I may not always comment, but I do read them and enjoy your perspective Scott. Thank you for making a difference. 🙂


  • Marisa  On August 31, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I appreciate all you do too, Scott… for inspiring me, making me laugh, cry, or simply giving me a tidbit or word of encouragement. YOU are special and a wonderful friend. I’m fortunate that you’ve allowed me in on your life… THANKS!


  • buckwheatsrisk  On August 31, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    what was that you were saying i was skimming and hitting the like 😉
    no really i most often read every blog post in full that i follow. i think if people put the work into them the least i can do is read them…and like you said there are connections, support and lives…


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