For many of us, reading
is a lot easier than writing. Reading is also a lot more enjoyable. Think! We read almost everyday, anything... be it the newspaper, the magazines, the books, the reports at work, emails and possibly even menu (yes, some of us love to go through an entire menu before ordering our food!).
As for writing, not many of us do. And those of us who do, we do it even less well. That's why some are able to make a living out of writing, though not many, while no one quite make a living out of reading. Correct me if I'm wrong!
For us here on Lunch, those who dwell here day by day are actually doing more writing than reading. True, some of Lunch members do reading better than writing, but I think it's quite safe to say those of us who logs in day after day are doing mostly writing.
When you think about it, a writer is only as good as the readers he/she is getting
. Without a good number of readers, the writer lose his/her incentive and motivation
to write. Most of us are socially conditioned and live our lives to produce work (does not matter if you like doing it or not) and be rewarded financially, if we do it well enough. Yet, for many writers here on Lunch, we are not being paid to write. We are doing it either because we like doing the works (not me) or we do it to kill time (which I do quite a bit) or we do it to feel productive (sometimes). We do it for many reasons although I haven't hear anyone say that he/she is doing it because it's his/her calling! Other than the staff, I suppose I can safely say we don't get paid for it financially (unless I'm wrong about that, which I may well be). In any case, that's not the argument for writing and it's not what this review is focussing on.
Having said all that, the only incentive we get is to know we are writing and sharing things that readers find useful and hopefully interesting. And having asked for page views to be revealed (although it's only partially now, known only to the writers) I find it a consolation if not the prize that at least some people are reading and I haven't spent my time in vain. Yet, something is bugging at me. Perhaps some of you are getting lots of feedback (as in comments and ratings, which I truly doubt) but I'm not getting nearly enough (yeah, I'm greedy)! Members, though not many, and hence who are also writers themselves, must find it in your heart to leave some feedback to your fellow members! Comments are good and ratings are even better! I try my best to leave comments and ratings for those pages I do visit. I know, it's not as many as I'd have liked as I am finding time a rare commodity since I've more to write and share. But I try my best. Some members rate my pages without leaving a comment, some leave a comment without rating. I'm not complaining, I'm thankful that they did come by visiting. Yet, I do know we all may have many visited and read but not leave anything behind. That I feel should not be the way to act in a community site.
You the reader can make a difference by sharing your
voice across the world wide web. As successful as Facebook and Twitter are, we know everyone has a voice, even if it's noises. Since it's about reading I'm writing about, which is an activity that requires less time and effort than writing, I highly urge you to read as many as you can with your available time. After reading, do leave traces (and by that, I do mean you too, JR!). Yes, we are humans who will leave traces in this world. Don't go by the world not leaving even a single trace of yourself! That's like being invisible to the world.
Read about The Power of Us
written on Businessweek some 6 years ago
about sharing & collaboration.
This is the story of Skype
Lunch provides a chance for writers to share, but it also gives a excellent chance for others to read and share
simultaneously. If reading is your forte, then do what you're comfortable doing and leave something for the writer (who needs some cheering occassionally...). Until the day you are ready to express your own thoughts on the matter (or topic), comments and ratings are mostly appreciated by the writers. We don't live in a vacuum. Considering the huge number of readers we have here on Lunch, it'd be safe to say that your participation is highly encouraged!
There was a director who once said that he'd produce a film even if there's only 4 movie-goers who'd appreciate the film. I'd say I'll continue writing even if there is only a reader who truly appreciates and reads what I'm writing (despite the fact that I'm not into writing as some of you are; I'd never ever call it a calling! God forbids!). I believe it has come to a point in time when I feel like I might vanish from this world in no time and I'd like to have witnesses to my existence! What are we really, if not what we're reading, thinking and writing? So, write we must! And read we must too... we the readers are people who make writers great (not forgetting, vice versa)!!! ;-)