I've realized that life gives you feedback in many ways, and that feedback is very important.
The grades you get in school serves as feedback for you efforts and reinforces what you know (and don't know). It tells you if you're study habits are paying off or not.
If you have a job, your feedback is what you get paid, how you're thought of and treated by coworkers and your customers.
The feedback I want to focus on today is the comments Oasis readers give each journal, or the lack thereof.
Since there are no page counters for each journal, it's only possible to know if anyone is reading what you write by the comments given at the end of each entry. A good amount of comments tells you that what you write here matters, especially if it triggers a healthy debate.
No comments, on the other hand, makes you wonder many things.
Did what I write suck? Was it boring? Did it even DESERVE to be commented on?
I'll be the first to admit that while I read every journal entry on here, I don't get to leave comments as much as I'd like. The main reason is that I usually access Oasis on my iPhone, and since I'm not allowed to log in using my phone I often find myself torn between wanting to add my feelings and obeying my Dad's rules.
I've noticed a number of writers on here who submitted a few entries and then disappeared, and I wonder if they felt they were being ignored or that what the wrote didn't matter due to a lack of comments?
One goal I have this year is to be more active on here and also giving the vital feedback that my fellow Oasies deserve.
Remember, your feedback is more important that you may realize, and it can also change a life.