1 : to drive or urge forcefully or irresistibly <hunger compelled him to eat>
2: to cause to do or occur by overwhelming pressure <public opinion compelled her to sign the bill>
I often can’t help myself. It happens all the time. I am compelled – without ill intent even – to reply to a comment – without end. A few of my friends like to rib me about it. I have a hard time knowing when to stop.
In my own defense, it is not a compulsion to have the ‘last word’ (well, in an argument, maybe) – it is born out of many, many, many, many years of note writing/passing with a couple of my friends throughout school. I was the queen of passing notes – I don’t know how teachers did not notice that I often spent my school days reading, writing – writing a lot – and passing. I do the same in email – and it’s hardly ever just a few words. I don’t know why, but reading comments lights up my brain and I can write with a fluidity that I do not always have when I’m posting. I guess I’m more of a ‘conversational’ writer, if there is such a thing.
So if I’m reading your work, and I comment and you respond – I will probably respond to your response…and I mean no harm – I just feel compelled… This is how I am ~