I just installed a handy little device to count visitors to my blog. I wondered if many people were reading what I have to say. I have a few readers that I know of, the ones who sometimes comment. So when I write something, I sort of picture this little crowd in my mind.
Today I went to check on the counter, expecting to see a number like five or maybe even 10. Instead, 79! What? Seventy-nine folks dropped by to read what I had to say?!? Okay, if you're a blogging veteran, this may seem like a teeny number to you, but to me, it's huge.
If that is the kind of traffic flowing through here, I wonder why only a few comments appear after some posts?
So let me put this out there: I am more than a little fond of the dialogic process (as theorist Mikhail Bakhtin calls it). You might even say I am totally into it.
What do I mean by that? Well, here is a high-falutin', convoluted explanation from Wikipedia:
"[V]arious approaches coexist and are comparatively existential and relativistic in their interaction. Here, each ideology can hold more salience in particular circumstances. Changes can be made within these ideologies if a strategy does not have the desired effect. Thus, these entities do not necessarily merge (or become subjugated) into bigger entities as in the dialectic process, but nonetheless modify themselves (sometimes fundamentally) over the course of mutual interaction."
And now, after reading that, you're probably still wondering what I mean.
I mean that I value --very highly -- dialogue and its role in learning and in developing opinions about things. When I write something here, it is by no means finished. It is just one side of an argument waiting for its other parts, waiting for counter arguments, supplements, and clarifications.
So if you're already here, why not add a comment too? I'm really interested in what you think. Whether you agree or disagree, or if you want to straighten me out on some point, please comment. I welcome all relevant, non-commercial comments.
And thank you for reading!
P.S. Interesting little side fact: Bakhtin (pictured above), author of The Dialogic Imagination, used his old writings to roll cigarettes when he ran out of rolling papers. The writings that remain are nothing short of amazing, so we can only regret the loss of those thoughts that went up in smoke.