Ahhhh, an institution of American society, the beloved Penny Dish. These little plastic fountains of one cent wealth are often spotted snuggled up alongside the cash registers at local convenience stores. Even the finest area Dollar Stores reserved for the most discriminate of Dollar Store shoppers, will dedicate coveted counter space to the almighty Penny Dish too.
The esteemed Ben Franklin in all his infinite financial management wisdom once said, "A penny saved is a penny earned." How true and fiscally responsible, Ben! Ben Franklin:The designated fun sucker for guilt ridden penny candy buyers everywhere. What about the irrepressible Lionel Richie, who not only dances on ceilings all night long, but also croons unabashedly of his undying adoration for pennies in 'Penny Lover'? That's all kinds of wrong, Lionel. I'm not clear on what exactly the role of a 'Penny Lover' entails, but I'm pretty sure that I don't want Lionel's pennies in the sacred Penny Dish when he's done loving them up. And, yeah, I said sacred Penny Dish, because everyone knows about Pennies From Heaven.
So, you all understand the basic premise behind the ingenious Penny Dish, right? "Take A Penny. Leave A Penny." That's essentially akin to my own favorite request, "I'll pull your finger if you pull my finger." It's meant to celebrate a spirit of giving and showcase the benefits of symbiotic relationships. Why not adopt this principle towards the field of blog commenting as well?
I'm here to declare that henceforth the blog known as, The Smiling Infidel, will adopt this generous philosophy towards any and all comments. Reciprocating comments already ranks at the tippy top of the Blogger Commandments, but I know that many amongst you have flagrantly sinned against these Blogger covenants. So, I propose a program called "Leave A Comment. Get A Comment." It's simple, straight forward, and meant to give a boost to the egomaniacal comment whore residing in all of us. Stop lurking! Say something! Make your thoughts heard if only to type out the corny 'LOL!' in agreement with other commenters. Just do it! Ever wrestle with blog intimidation or a sudden onset of speechlessness? We all feel that way sometimes. I came up with a bloggy formula long ago......No Comments=Everyone Hates Me. Don't do this to your bloggy buddies. Show them the love!
A penny for your thoughts?