Back in 2012, I signed up to be an author with HubPages. While I haven’t been keeping up with writing there nearly as much as I’d like to, I still get comments on older articles.
Now, the general rule of thumb is “DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS” when it comes to reading online articles, but as a content creator, I have to. That’s usually because people like saying horrible things behind the veil of anonymity, but this entry is about those ridiculously long comments without paragraph breaks and little to no punctuation.
While I try to be understanding about learning disabilities and educational lack, I also need to take care of myself, especially now that I have such a heavy school workload. Unfortunately, that involves ignoring wall-o’-text comments.
For some reason, perhaps because of the subject matter, I tend to get a lot of those comments on the article I’d written years ago on astral projection. They’re usually full of condescension, warnings about how evil the practice is, illegible religious beliefs, or all around pointless advice.
Now, as interacting with commenters is one of the best ways to nurture a reading base and increase engagement, ignoring these commenters isn’t necessarily a smart thing to do on an audience building level. Or, I don’t know, maybe it is, because I don’t really want that type of attention.
However, on a personal level, it’s very smart. Since those comments take a lot of effort to read and interpret, my brain tends to get tired, and my dyslexia tends to worsen. This, in turn, makes the reading and writing I need to do for class and work nearly impossible to do.
When I’m having health problems, as I have been for the majority of the summer, it gets even harder to function.
So. Walls of text from strangers get neither read nor published. I used to feel bad about it, but that’s stopped being the case a long time ago.
My health takes precedence over internet interaction.