I have two small requests: read it all and read it thoroughly.

One of my biggest pet peeves has grown from people, especially on social media, reading the headline, sharing an article and then asking a question that is clearly explained in the article.

It makes me want to zoom in on that one section with the answer, circle it, highlight it and post it in the comments for all to see.

But, I generally just scroll right past it.

If I’m feeling some type of way, I may comment back, but I always try my best to be polite about it.

But, like I said, I generally just shake my head and keep moving.

I was taught that most people only read the first three paragraphs of an article, but here lately, I think it’s less than that.

That’s why we at The Gazette do what I like to call “meat first.”

We do an “inverted pyramid” way of writing where we try to offer the most important information first, and try to answer as much of who, what, when and where in the first three paragraphs.

Then, we spend the rest of the article delving to all the little details that we feel like people are going to ask next.

That’s why it’s so important to read the whole article.

Now, what comes next is up to you.

I’m always willing to talk with anyone about anything I write just as long as that individual is as respectful to me as I am to him or her.

The reader also could contact the source credited in the article.

There’s also always the option of writing a letter to the editor, usually around 500 words, of your take on the situation.

And, if there’s something else you want me to find the answer to, please feel free to ask.

I’m generally pretty easy to work with, and I’ll try to find any answers that I can and get back to you.

But, for now just please try to read the entire article before you start asking questions.

You never know what kind of information you may run across.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com