Every once in a while a blogger will get some unexpected affirmation.
For me, it was when a blogger with one hundred times my audience (at least) responded to an email and mentioned a few of my "essays" that he had read.
For him, I think, it was the fact that I vividly remembered a essay he had posted almost five years ago.
Bloggers write. We write. And then we write some more. Quantity has a quality all of its own.
Every once in a while we write something durable, something worth remembering. Cobbles of flint in a substrate of chalk.
Some writers are more gifted than others. I have no illusions. I am near the middle of the pack. I write like a drunk flailing with a machete. I compensate for deficiencies of skill with energy and volume and loudness. I hope that the substance of the ideas I am throwing out there will transcend my shortcomings as a writer. I am not alone.
For my part, when I write one of those nuggets of flint, I think it is the Holy Spirit recruiting my fingers to say something. I take no credit for anything meaningful that I write. That would be presumptuous on my part. There is too much chalk to claim otherwise.
Another affirmation occurs when I consider taking an essay in a particular direction...but then choose not to. Later, in comments, a reader points out that possibility or draws the analogy I decided to not develop. It is illuminating to learn that there are other people out there making the same connections that I am making. I am not alone.
Comments are oxygen to the blogger. "Wow! Somebody actually read my drivel and thought about it!!!"
I propose that July 9/10, 2015 be "Affirm a blogger day." Readers, you probably hit ten blogs in the course of your day. Pick one blogger who is, in the words of the immortal Rocky Balboa, "a ham-and-egger", and comment on their blog. Even if all you tell them is, "Most of what you write a bunch of crap, but every once in a while you make me think. Today's post was one of those days."
It will make their day.
And you will get another year of free reading.