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Having the last word

I generally spend way more time posting in communities such as atheism and libertarianism than in my own journal. Posting in my journal often seems too insular for my liking. I prefer the greater interactivity of commenting on others' thoughts and having them comment on mine.

There's a problem though. More than once I have read through a thread of thoughts on an issue, thought about what was being discussed, and then written a post that I thought was so insightful that it could easily be the last word on the issue. The problem is that often it is the last word. End of thread. There are actually two problems here: 1. Ending a discussion means that there's no more discussing to enjoy. 2. I can't tell whether I've said something so brilliant that there is truly nothing left to say or whether I've said something so remarkably stupid that everyone is rolling their eyes and walking away.

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hostirad
Jun. 27th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
It would be gratifying if having the last word meant that I provided the definitive analysis of something, but more realistic to believe that readers have already moved on. I know that I have unusual LJ habits--if I miss reading friends' posts for several days I usually go back and read everything, and sometimes even comment on an old entry. Many of my comments are lengthy as opposed to the usual 2-3 line quips. Might be too many words for some people to even bother with.

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts.
kent1
Jun. 28th, 2005 03:41 am (UTC)
last word...
I can't imagine you saying anything, "remarkably stupid". Instead, I believe that just the opposite is true.
I have l/j posting behaviors similar to those that you have described. If I haven't kept up with the postings of friends, I scroll back until I reach the most recent posting that I have read. That means that I am responding to postings that others have forgotten about or just aren't reading any more. If I have something to say and I *really* want the writer of the original posting to read, I respond to their most recent posting and make reference to their older posting.