One other way I read messages is by the sender. If a topic interests me but for whatever reason I don't like the way a particular sender writes or comes across in their messages, I'm not apt to read their messages, again possibly missing valuable information.
Several weeks back on one of these lists, a topic came up that I actually found interesting, and followed it pretty much all the way through. This list had some people who tended to be quite rude to other members, and downright insulting from time to time. It got to the point where some people weren't posting messages because they didn't want to be taken apart by these list members. One individual was removed from the list by the list moderator, and is not able to resubscribe. This person has said many things to people about how they should get a life, grow up and get a job, so on and so forth. Yet, on another list that we are on together this person is usually very helpful and has some good information. It was pointed out after this individual was removed that he's really a very nice guy, but nobody realized it because of the tone of his posts. I've seen this myself in messages that I've posted as well. My intention is to be helpful, and maybe even a little funny, but often times I think what I say is misinterpreted so when I need help with something my messages seem to be overlooked.
Some people, no matter what they write, are able to be very clear, understandable, and get right to the point. Others come across as opinionated, rude, and just plain unfriendly. It's those people who I find the most amazing. I know that sounds odd, but it's true. For example, I've actually had the opportunity to meet some of the people who, for whatever reason, turned me off through email, and they're great people. And, I think it's the same with journaling too. It's hard, in an email message, to really let your personality come out, but when you're just writing to write, people can see a whole different side of you. I think that's maybe one reason I really like to read what everyone else has to say. Many of the people I follow I don't know from anywhere else, accept for maybe through email lists, and it's nice to see them as human. Yes, I know they're all human, but I just think it's really cool to see that everyone has their good and bad days, just like me. SMILE! And in case you're wondering, no, I'm not referring to anyone reading this; My statements are more general and not reflective of any one person.
And then, the opposite can happen. Several months back when I was still using Word Press, someone found my blog accidentally by choosing a link that sent her to my page randomly. From the stats that I could get on my readers, I saw her come at least once a day to read my posts, and she even commented a time or two. One day though, I wrote a post discussing one blindness-related issue or another. From that time on, this person never read my entries again. It was as though what I had to say was fine, as long as I was sighted.
Okay, so does this sound really super corny? I don't think I did a very good job of really explaining my thoughts and the point of this entry, but I'm hoping that you guys will understand what I'm getting at here. This is just one of those random things that's been going through my head so wanted to write it down. Anyone got any thoughts?