I Give 50 Claps to Every Story I Read and Comment That I Get
I am an all-or-nothing type of person.
I either love something or hate something. I think that something is either right or wrong. I find very little in my life to be in the murky middle ground.
This part of my personality has even carried over into my clapping patterns on this platform.
Either I feel that the writer of a story or comment that I read tried, or they didn’t. If I think they tried hard to write a good story or comment, they get 50 claps.
But if they are mean or an asshole, I move on. I leave zero claps as if our paths had never crossed.
I don’t play a mind game where I give one clap or three claps. I don’t leave negative comments. I move on.
I would look like quite a pathetic individual if I clapped only once or left a rude or critical remark, don’t you think?
I mean, I’m no expert at writing, so who am I to be critical? I’m not Stephen effing King, you know.
Judgment is not for me. So, I shut my mouth and move on. I’m a ghost.
I have read that the algorithm will “punish” me for giving 50 claps to so many writers. Supposedly, the algorithm will pick up on my pattern and teach me a lesson somehow.
Let me tell you two things about that theory.
First, I’m not going to live my life in fear of an algorithm. I don’t care if it “punishes” me.
And second, I don’t really understand what an algorithm is anyway, so that adds to my feeling of invincibility against it. See, sometimes ignorance can be a good thing.
So, give 50 claps or don’t clap at all; reward an effort made wholeheartedly.
Be nice or shut your damn mouth.
And don’t be mean or an asshole.
Remember these three things: treat others as you would like to be treated; what goes around comes around; be kind because you never know what a person could be going through in their life.
Linda Kowalchek is a work in progress and a member of the typewriter generation. She…