When I first started this blog, comments were added to the bottom of each blog post.
It engendered interaction, it was fun to communicate with readers and even sometimes argue about the different interpretations of our shared disorder.
But at some point wordpress, or our template, moved comments to a second page and the opinions of readers ended up not being as big a part of the articles.
And I miss the interaction.
Other blogs about other disorders here at Psych Central may have a different experience, I don’t know.
Maybe it has something to do with my disorder, but I only see comments once in a while. They get approved by editors and if I don’t look them up I don’t see them now.
So way back when I started writing this blog, there was interaction galore. Now … not so much.
Well yeah, people comment, but I don’t see them in a timely enough way to respond and engage. It’s usually a few days later and my responses are mostly thank yous to people for commenting.
But I still love the comments I receive.
And I say so in my responses.
But way back when …
There used to be differences of opinion. There used to be arguments.
And all that meant was that people got to say what they needed to say. And I was okay with that.
I wrote a post once at the time that Asperger’s Syndrome was being moved in to the Autism spectrum. I suggested that I could see a time when Autism’s spectrum would be expanded to possibly include ADHD.
I still believe this could happen, we share so many symptoms. And just as our symptoms are present in the general population but that we have them more intensely and more frequently, we share many of those symptoms with people who have Asperger’s Syndrome, but their experience is at a higher magnitude than ours.
An argument broke out in the comments that was angry and heated. It seems that I was apparently trying to get all of us diagnosed with Autism as well as ADHD.
I pointed out that I was only speculating about where ADHD might fit in in the overall mental health picture in the future, but I was not to be forgiven.
I still believe that this is a possible future occurrence.
If that thought upsets you, feel free to comment on this post. I will maintain my position that it is a possible outcome, and you can accuse me of adding labels to you, which is sort of true, but not really.
Or feel free to comment positively in support. I am a busy guy, but I miss the days when there would be much interaction after a post was published.
Or …. don’t comment about that theory, and we’ll just keep going with you commenting when you like and me responding as soon as I can.
And I do love it when you comment. It reminds me that I’m not just shouting from a mountain and getting nothing back but an echo.