Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Thoughts on comments...

When I decided to start blogging more at the first of the year I also had a goal of COMMENTING more. I don't know why, but I am terrible when it comes to leaving comments. I read a TON of blogs and I never leave comments. I know I'm not the only one out there that does the same thing!

Who doesn't love getting comments? I LOVE getting comments, and I always feel like a loser when no one comments on my blog! :) So when I was making my New Year's Resolutions for blogging, I realized that I needed to make it a goal to comment way more.

It makes my day when I get a comment and I think most people feel the same way. So the past few weeks I have been trying to comment on every blog post that I read. It is HARD to remember to do that because I'm so used to not leaving comments, but I am getting used to it.

I feel like the craft blog community has grown sooo much in the past year and the competition is FIERCE! I am a competitive person, but I have realized that blogging shouldn't be a competition. I have had to completely change the way I feel about blogging, and this has helped me tremendously. I have actually really enjoyed blogging more since I have made the decision to not make it a competition.

So I really want to challenge anyone that has read this, to start commenting more on the blogs you read. By doing this, I have realized that I love leaving people comments because if they feel the same way I do, then I just made their day! :)


Just another reminder that my first linky party starts on Friday! Anything is game! Link your crafts, recipes, and products!

InspiringCreations

20 comments:

Katie said...

I know what you mean... I'm horrible at leaving comments! I read so many blogs, but mostly through my Google Reader (including yours!)
I often "star" posts, so that I can go back to them and make the craft or recipe featured (most of my RSS'ed blogs have to do with one of the two) ... but I rarely pop out of my reader to leave a comment. I really should start doing that more often!

Chris said...

I didn't blog much the end of the year and when I got back into it in January it was my goal to comment more and I have! I have also joined more link parties and I am gathering new followers to share my stuff with. I love to follow blogs for the inspiration and great ideas and tutorials that are out there. It's hard for me to come up with my own ideas on how to do things but I CAN remake what others have done. :)

Amy said...

Ditto, I love comments, makes me honestly, a little sad when I don't have people commenting-they totally validate me in posting all the things I post :). And, I've noticed yours!

Amy said...

P.S. I have no idea how to link up, but if I find out how, I'll link up!

Just Jen said...

Katie took my words near exact! :) That Google Reader is awesome, but maybe a little too easy!
You have a great blog and I thoroughly enjoy it!! KEEP IT UP!

~ Just Jen

Danesa said...

I agree. I read a ton of blogs but don't always leave a comment. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I love when I get comments and they are usually from you! Thanks!
Katie

Cozy Home Scenes said...

So true. I try to leave comments, but sometimes I get so busy I forget. One thing I've tried doing is to save blogs in my favorites if I can't comment at that time, then for those blogs, I come back once a week and leave all those blogs a comment. My thought is if I liked them enough to read, it would be nice to comment even if it's late.

Thank you for commenting on my blog today!

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

Love this post Lindsey!

I will leave a comment if it is something that I think is great, if I know the blogger, or if the post is really funny or sad. I don't leave a comment "Just because".

I love getting genuine comments from people...the ones where they go into a little more detail than "Cute!". Not that I don't love all comments, cuz I do! But those ones that take an extra second to add my name and tell me what they like about the post turn me into goo. I then go check them out and leave a comment or follow them. I have made many great friends because of this.

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

I also read through reader, but I have the "next" button on my tool bar so I actually go to each page with a click of a button.

Here's how to do it:
Go to Google Reader -> Settings -> Reader Settings -> Goodies -> Put Reader in a bookmark

Drag the "Next>>" button up to your bookmark bar.

Then to go through your reader just click on that button anytime and it will take you to the next blog in your reader.

Cindy said...

I love your blog and I love comments! I'm just starting out with my craft blog, but I need to be better about commenting!

Valerie said...

I am commenting to say.... guilty! Darn those RSS feeds! :)

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

I'm guilty of this too--it just is too easy to read through Google reader and skip the whole commenting part...which is BAD! I should comment more. I go through phases where I comment a lot...and through phases where I don't comment at all!

~ Sarah

nettie said...

I love everything you do.....;o)

Alyssa said...

Grat post and I agree. Sometimes it's so easy to just read and go on to the next one, but really it's nice to say a sweet something because that's what makes the bloggy world go round:)

Jessica said...

Comments are such a wonderful way to connect in this online community of bloggers. Thank you for the encouragement to be diligent in this.

Amanda @ New Adventures said...

Challenge accepted :)

Melanna said...

I'm another "reader" reader and it does make the commenting hard. I tried the "next" button too, but then it made it harder to star/tag posts of things I wanted to try (crafts/recipes etc). So I started challenging myself to leave more comments. Either on posts I subscribe to or posts I look at on Linky parties. I don't want to leave comments just for the sake of commenting so I aim to find 10 posts a day that I like and have something to actually say (it isn't hard with how full my reader is!) I don't always make the goal as it does take time (and sometimes I can't even keep up with the posts), but it helps me be more mindful of it.

Andrea said...

I made that goal too because I hate doing a post and get no comments. thanks for the reminder though. Hey I can't wait to one day meet you in person--I'm married to brandon's cousin jason. we live in arkansas so we're not around for the family stuff very much. hopefully we'll be there this summer though and we'll get to meet. :)

Gina said...

I definitely know what you mean. I rarely get any comments. It certainly is discouraging and disheartening. I will work even harder to comment and I do hope in time that people will comment more on my blog.

Thanks for this post.