I've learned an interesting lesson this week, which is that for me--because I'm a person who blogs to heal and learn rather than blogging for money--I should only post about topics that satisfy my own needs.
While I went out of my way to respond to an anonymous reader who was recently diagnosed as bipolar, and to another who asked about dealing with uncontrolled manias, the fact is that as I'm writing this, neither have left comments on this week's postings.
And, as is evidenced by my stats and the lack of comments, this series isn't particularly interesting to my regular readers. So, my initial desire to respond to two people who asked for help has been replaced by a low-level irritation because I spent more time than usual on writing these posts, they're not subjects that interest me at this stage in my own healing process, and I got very little in return for my efforts.
While it may seem somewhat petty to some of you, the bottom line is that in the last 29 months I've posted almost 600 times, and spent a lot of energy responding to comments as well.
Today I realized that expending this kind of time and energy only works for me if I get feedback--which I usually get immediately from my regular readers. So...my new policy is to eliminate all anonymous comments, and go back to my policy of posting on topics that interest me. That way, even if no one comments, I can still find pleasure in the fact that I have explored a topic of interest to me, and learned something from writing about it.
I wonder if any other bloggers feel that way? If so, please let me know. In the meantime, I'm taking tomorrow off, and will return on Monday...hopefully in a more charitable mood.