Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Obsessed With Readers

My right thumb slides into the notch in the front of my computer, pushing up to open the screen.  Instantly, the screen lights, throwing shadows all around me.  This reminds me of the the Chris Van Allsburg book The Wretched Stone.  It looks like I have the glowing rock on my lap.  Right now, it holds just about the same level of fascination for me.

I have almost forty tabs open, but there's only one I'm looking for now.

My Blogger is open to the posts section, showing all these slices, all my post titles.  The fact that I have five pages of posts makes me smile.  A warmth fills my center.

On the other hand, I'm a bit anxious and uncertain.  I click the refresh...

Meanwhile, my mind fills with rapid fire questions and some slow, nagging doubt.  Did anyone read it?  Are there any comments?  What makes someone view my post, but not leave a note telling that they've been here?  Don't they have something to say?  Maybe I'm not saying anything...

The page reloads.  There are two comments.  I can't wait to read them.  Will the comments be from a slicer I know?  Is it someone new?  Did they connect with my story or how I wrote it?  Do I have time to respond?  Will they read replies?

Here goes...


  1. So many emotions happen when I hit publish. You captured my thoughts in your words. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks for reading! Truly, thank you, and also for taking the time to comment.

  2. I'll comment! I love how you capture the tension of waiting and seeing if there are comments and the excitement of when there are a couple, as well as the confusion of why there are views but no comments! I think we all have that feeling at times over the course of the month! You captured it!

  3. Thanks, Melanie. I'm grateful for your kind words!

  4. Comments are SO essential to keep us writing. On views vs. comments: I think maybe some slicers are just getting into the hang of commenting. I remember being super worried about my comments as much as my posts!

  5. They like me! They really like me!
    The answer to your first question is, 'YES!' I do feel sometimes wonder if I said too much or what will people think. I love the slicing each day because it does not allow me to overthink the blogging.


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