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Monday, March 22, 2010

I Wish Opinion was not for free!!!

My current facebook status message says:

The ability to speak does not make you intelligent!

And this got me thinking. This is not the first time I have updated a normal status message that people have made controversial, ego issue or taken personally. Well, I am quite used to it by now; bu don't you think I am entitled to my opinion?

The status message point is a small one. In fact I quite enjoy the comments I get on those - they are witty, provoking, irritating, aggressive as well as interesting. Each one expresses one's own opinion. That's democracy right? Then why are we questioned for updating what we want to?

We all express our opinion different ways. sometimes through status messages, sometimes through a post and sometimes through comments. But these days we mistake opinion with bashing. I am merely a year old on blogger, but it is a well known fact around that if you write a post about your opinion, people will take it personally and bash you left-right-center.

The irony is that many people do not even bother to read what you have written! They will read the first few lines, last few lines and couple of comments; that's all. and they fight with you for the point you have not even mentioned indirectly or minutely!

I can link ten such posts here - mine and others' - whereby the author has been given free advice he/she never even asked for. But this place is purely for the purpose of kicking ass rather than giving free publicity to anybody.

Most of the times, people give their opinion on about something which is not their genre or field. I blog because I want your feedback; I blog because I am ready to take appreciation as well as criticism; but I do not blog to take your frustration. If you do not like my opinion; either you should not leave a comment there or unleash your anger on your blog rather than provoking my regular readers or shooing them away!

There are times when people comment negative on others' opinion and blast them in the case where either their ego is hurt due to the brutal honesty published by the author; or they are guilty of the crime. If you fit into none of these categories; then simply comment why you agree or disagree. You have no right to comment on one's credibility at all.

And those personal comments! People do not like personal questions being asked to them; but they will always try to know what are your vacation plans, how many kids you have, when did you have a break up etc. all.

Now after reading this post; they will say why do I blog if I cannot tolerate their comments? Well, this post is not about me at all. It is my general observation. By grace of God, I have been blessed with wonderful readers who read my blog and leave a "normal" comment. But I know a few people who write normal stuff, but they get s#!t comments on their simple posts.

I wish bloggers would at least read the post first rather than reading first or last line only. Don't believe me? Then check my latest post - Taking Shortcuts! You will find many people commenting only on the last line. What do you think about those?

PS: Hope you guys do read this post entirely rather than reading this post script first and then the last paragraph. I would like to know your views about the entire topic and not merely on the last paragraph.


3 comments:

Insignia said...

many a times it has got me thinking if my language, style of writing is confusing. People tend to derive a whole new meaning out of something you never ever meant. talk abt innovation. Our people are first in these sort of innovations.

Reading few lines and commenting - is to please the author? so that the author can go back to their blog and leave the comments. The more the count, the popular you are!!

:-)

Gyanban said...

not sure if you got a chance - you might want to read the blogger chronicles...

http://www.indiblogger.in/forum/topic.php?id=4295


:-))

Americanising Desi said...

you so are entitled and it sure is annoying to speak without wisdom ... i will quote what my dad tells me always 'brevity is the soul of wit' and so i rest my case