Nine days ago I installed a plug-in to this site to help keep nonhumans from commenting. Rarely do humans spam, so the result should have been to reduce comment spam.
Apparently, this plug-in is not well versed in identifying humans. So for eight days no comments AT ALL were allowed.
Rewind 9 days
I had a huge peak in traffic for my first video post. There was a nice continuation of that with an audio post and a guest post. More traffic means more possibilities for comments. The result of which should be actual real-live comments.
But there were no comments for eight days.
The famous Tammy, who turned 40 yesterday, emailed me personally to tell me that she tried to make a comment – twice.
Because I am an open-minded and accepting person, I had assumed that the traffic spike consisted of people who were shy and weren’t inclined to comment. I waited until a friend spoke up to learn what was going on!
I should’ve followed the golden rule of blogging:
If it seems wrong, it probably is.
This applies to life as well.
If no one calls you for three days, do you assume your popularity has waned? Maybe your friends simultaneously got too busy to talk to you? Do you wait until someone at the office says, “I tried calling you all night. The toilet in the office above us exploded. Water and turds are falling all over your desk!”
If people on the freeway keep honking at you when you try to change lanes, do you assume it’s asshole day? Do you wait until you’re in a caravan to Las Vegas when your friend asks you, “Are you pulling our chain? Every time we moved to the right lane you blink to the left!”
If you throw a party and no one shows up do you assume that people have been making fun of you for years? Maybe they have decided you’re not worthy of their friendship? Do you wait until you read online that your web-based invitation service sent out all invites in Swahili?
If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and tastes like a duck, well, it probably is a duck.
Don’t just sit around making assumptions. If it seems wrong, it probably is.
Tell us your stories in the comments. (This part actually works now!)