I have been here at Active Rain for just over four months now, and I have really immersed myself in this community so far. I feel like I am very actively involved. I run or help to run three of the more active groups here (Family Ties, Active Rain Addicts, and Inspired by Song!), and I comment on tons of posts daily. I also write a LOT. This is my 201st post.
As I was telling a friend of mine the other day and another friend today, my blog is much like Switzerland (i.e. neutral). I try to write stuff that is interesting or humorous, or stuff that is local in nature, but I haven't really stirred up any big controversy with my writing. I think I am a pretty nice guy most of the time. I think I have had two mini-rants out of my 200 posts, so I suppose 1% of the time I get worked up about something. The mini-rants were about telemarketing and beginning Christmas celebrations and decor before Thanksgiving. Not too controversial, huh?
So, here's what I have been thinking about lately:
What does it actually mean to "park" on someone else's post? I see people doing it all the time on other blogs, and now I jokingly park on non-offensive posts of my friends just to be funny. However, I usually see this happen in an unironic way on more argumentative posts, such as those that deal with gaming the AR system, or a delicate situation with clients, or sometimes just clearly personal posts directed at someone else. Sometimes I understand the posts, and sometimes (truthfully) I don't. Should I park closer to the action so that I can see what's going on better?
Either way, I have come up with some possibilities on what it means to park:
- "I am parking here because I want to save this space to come back and comment later."
- "I am parking here in order to watch what other people have to say. I may or may not choose to participate."
- "I am parked in order to let you know that I am watching your every move."
- "I parked in your front yard because you live close to the state fair and their lot is full."
- "Is this handicapped parking? I have a tag for that."
- "I am parallel parking. This may take awhile."
- "Do you offer covered parking? I need to get out of the storm for awhile."
Since I have seen the parking taking place all around me, I realized something interesting recently. I have never had anyone park on my post in a serious fashion. Maybe this means I'm doing something really wrong? Or really right? I really can't say for sure. I guess I could try to stir things up and write something edgy in order to bring out the parkers. Maybe some of you will take the opportunity to park on this one. Feel free, but at least try to be creative if you choose to do so.