Saturday, August 15, 2009

Comments at large and is Twitter useful?

There are new comments posted on my last piece. These ones got posted, while the past ones from others that were simply abusive hate mail didn't get published.
The difference is tone.
"Chuck" wrote a thoughful pair of postings that was a good conversation, with advice and his point of view. His communication mattered. His viewpoint has been considered.
Another posting was just in fun, and that's okay, too. Comments that don't run to abuse are always welcome. Abuse for its own sake is not.

I'm all for constructive criticism- if I wasn't, I wouldn't be a writer. Writers are constantly getting feedback on what they put out. Sometimes it isn't very complimentary, but you don't stop because of that. You keep plugging away in the hopes you'll write something that matters. It's a communication between a writer and the audience. We're always trying to improve that communication and make it a worthwhile experience. It's hard work to do it well.

Take Twitter for example. If you like it, that's fine, I'm not saying you shouldn't. To me, Twitter just doesn't seem like important communication. It appears to be snippets and snatches of feelings that might matter more if you were face-to-face with the person, but seem not worth the reading on the tiny screen of an electronic device. It seems hard to make meaning out of the limitations. Do people find real added value in it, or is it just a fad?

1 comment:

  1. You deserve a few more followers, so I thought I would sign up.
    Your posts are fun, if sometimes a bit preachy - but that's OK.
    Keep it going, mate.