On Comments

I am going to tell you that a fellow blogger took the words I wanted to write about comments and wrote them so well that I am posting her words again, with permission from Beth at:

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You should go and check her out this post isn’t even the tip of the iceberg, of her writing talent.

I have had many discussions this week with various bloggers about the importance of commenting and how much they mean to a blogger.  We all understand that sometimes readers do not comment because maybe they are in a hurry, maybe they are not in the mood or maybe they just don’t think that what they have to say really matters.
As a blogger, let me enlighten you on the subject of commenting.  I hope that I can encourage you to begin commenting on blogs (not just mine) that you read and also express my gratitude to those readers and fellow bloggers who always or most of the time, make it a point to leave a comment.
I will not speak for ALL bloggers, but I will speak for most, commenting is our payday.  Very few of us receive a handsome salary (I’ve always wanted to say handsome salary) or ANY salary for blogging.  Which is fine, many of us blog for the love of blogging, not for money.  Some people actually lose money because they pay to keep their blog and pay for their design but do not receive any financial kickbacks.  It’s a hobby, something we enjoy.  Sometimes it’s hard work, sometimes it’s painful, there are so many reasons to keep a blog, but there is one thing all bloggers have in common, it takes our time, it comes from our hearts, (I hope) and most of the time, bloggers are proud of what they have written.
How do we get paid?  Through your comments.  A comment is more than just a comment, it’s feedback, it’s conversation, it’s appreciation.  You not only hold our “paycheck” in your hands, you also hold our longevity.  A blogger who is appreciated is more likely to be a happy blogger and a happy blogger blogs for a long time and doesn’t stop because they are under appreciated or frustrated.
The best way I can explain the importance to you, is with this question:  Can you imagine wanting to share a story, a thought or a belief with forty people and preparing what you had to say, choosing the right words and nervously approaching them and then saying what you had to say, you say it just as you planned and you wait for the response and the person you are talking to listens to you, looks at you and just walks away.  Without a smile, a frown – no reaction.  They just walk away.  And out of the forty people you say this to, only one replies to you. 
That’s how it feels for a blogger.  But that’s the way blogging is and we know this.  Do I always leave a comment on blogs that I visit?  No.  But I should do it more often, and I will.
You may think that what you have to say doesn’t matter or your words are insignificant.  You may find it hard to believe, but your words are important, they make a difference.  Every comment that comes through my blog, is read and appreciated and I know I am not the only blogger who feels this way.  I KNOW THIS.
After reading all of this, I hope you don’t feel like you can’t go to blogs without commenting – because you can.  Readership is also very important, I justed wanted to portray for you how wonderful it is to share our thoughts and life experiences with you AND receive some form of feedback.  If you are still feel uncomfortable, that’s okay.  I promise.
So, for all bloggers today, I hope you click on that comment button and say “great post” or “well said” on every blog that you visit. 
And I hope you feel good about leaving a comment, because that blogger feels so good that you took the time to leave one.

13 Replies to “On Comments”

  1. Love that you reposted this. And thank you for all the comments you have made on my Blog in the past!

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  2. Im bad about posting comments:( Im def. not short winded and it tends to be too much w/not enough time. I really should "do unto others" thanks 4 reminding me:)

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  3. I'm the one that always feels what I have to say wouldn't be important. I'll try to overcome that in the future. 🙂

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  4. Thank you for this. I feel the same way. Sometimes I get discouraged, because I will post my latest blog entry on twitter so people can read. And out of the 240 ppl that follow me I get one comment, or none at all.

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  5. "like a junior hig girl opening her locker to find a note" – PERFECT description :-)Thanks for reposting this – so true.

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  6. While I am not the type who expects every reader to comment on every single post and thus don't expect from myself the same, it definitely is important to hear people chime in every now-and-again. Especially with having a personal blog, it really does do a lot just to say, "I actually give a hoot!" to the writer. The analogy with saying the stuff we've written to people face-to-face is a very strong one. Thanks for posting!

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  7. Good point!! Look, I am commenting 🙂 Sometimes I don't comment on blogs making a political or highly volatile controversial point because I don't want to get involved in the back-and-forth that goes on. I really don't want people coming to my blog to blast me based on a comment I made on other peoples' blogs…

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  8. She said it so perfectly. I love comments, I often joke I am a comment whore. But like it says, comments really are the payday for bloggers. I love to get comments and always think about how many I would like to receive per post. (yes, I know this often sets me up for failure or it will manifest and I get exactly that number of comments) Enough rambling, comments are one of the best parts of blogging.

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  9. How true is this? I always try and say a little something because I know how long it takes to write a post and really put your heart into it.Oh, I mean: Good job! And well said! (Did I do good?)

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