There has been talk around the blogging community lately about blogger’s neurosis. Most of them have been very funny and light hearted, only a few have been serious. All kidding aside I suffer from several of these neurosis…one of which I am going to speak of in this post. I feel it is the most serious because it compromises my integrity. I am speaking about C.C.H.S.
“ The inability to discard worthless comments even though they appear to have no value is known as compulsive comment hoarding syndrome.”
Yes, I am not ashamed to admit it, I am a recovering compulsive comment hoarder. I would see comments in my editor and get giddy. I would give an immediate response of course hoping to open a comment dialog. This was so innocent in the beginning but soon I began checking for comments every hour of the day. It didn’t matter what they said as long as they were there. When this was not enough and I needed to find a bigger fix, I started going to other blogs and leaving comments with links to generate more commenter traffic (if you leave one for them they will leave one for you). One day I was sitting at my computer…. waiting for a comment as usual…. when one came in. I read it and checked it closely…. it was from a new reader….he said I was just what he was looking for and that he would be back…. my heart soared… finally a “FOLLOWER”….alas I noticed the comment was in my spam file. I have always deleted spam but for a moment I hesitated… cursor hovering over the delete button. Would it be so bad I thought…. I haven’t had one comment all day and I really really need this… I was sweating and my mouth went dry…Approve…. Delete… I couldn’t decide. That’s when I knew I had a problem.
From that moment I no longer obsess about comments (not much anyway…just on Tuesdays or Thursdays). I still crave them but not to excess (20 or 30 per post is usually fine). I only leave real comments on other bloggers sites now and do not expect them to reciprocate ( they could if they want to…it’s only nice). I never hesitate to delete spam now and I never will again…do any of you suffer from this. I eagerly await your comments…………………………………still waiting. Uh oh!