“I don’t comment on blogs anymore. I don’t see the point.”
This has sadly become more the norm. To put it politely, engaging with blog content has morphed from leaving comments and engaging with the author to liking or sharing on social media and only engaging with your own self-cultivated audience.
And the world is worse off as a result.
The Coffee Shop
My dad is a coffee shop guy. In fact, over the years my dad has become such a regular at his coffee shop that he has the key. He actually gets there before the owners, unlocks the door, and starts the coffee.
He knows everything going on in his community, has talked with people it impacts, and has well-informed opinions, tempered by talking to people who both agree and disagree with his point of view.
Before there were blogs there were coffee shops and other places in society where adults sat around and discussed the news of the day before heading off to work. In these settings you didn’t just talk to people you already agreed with, you interacted with your neighbors in a way that raises the conversation above petty disagreement.
The Lowly Blog Comment, Today’s Coffee Counter
A lot of people have convinced themselves of stuff like this:
- Their opinion doesn’t matter to their community.
- Their opinion cannot and will not change.
- Others opinions cannot and will not change.
- They are too important to engage in dialogue.
- Disagreeing with someone is risky to their position.
- They are too busy to discuss stuff.
- Discussing things publicly won’t do any good.
I know it’s become en vogue to be too cool to leave comments on blogs, news websites, and even the troll-haven of ESPN. But I want to encourage you to do it. Stick your neck out, represent the reasonable middle. Don’t give into temptation to believe that discussing things in community is a waste of time.
Get messy, take some risks, use your real name, call people out, and use your voice to make this world a better place.
A lot of people call themselves leaders but hide from using their voice. And to those people I ask, “Are you leading or are you just protecting your title?“