Monday, August 29, 2011

Flavor of the week: Comments

Happy Monday, blog world! This flavor of the week may turn out to be a bit of a pot stirrer - we shall see! If you have a blog of your own, there's a good chance that you love comments just as much as I do. There is just something incredibly encouraging about working hard on a post and receiving some validation from your readers that they are glad you took the time to post.

Not only are comments encouraging, but they can also lead to great reader/blogger interaction. When I blogged about a debate at our house on whether or not Santa gift wraps, it led to a super fun, silly, and enlightening discussion in the comments. I would so much rather my blog feel like a conversation than a soliloquy!

Because I love comments so much, I want to make it easier for you to share your thoughts. I decided to remove the word verification for comments. This makes me a little nervous because I do not want to be spammed with ads for prescription drugs and enhancement products, but hopefully all will be well! I also plan to try to respond to all questions within the comments. If you would rather me reply back to you directly, just leave your email or blog address. I can't access my blog at work, but I do plan to respond to all comments within 24 hours. I've also been thinking that it would be fun to feature the blog of one commenter per month, because don't we all love finding new blogs to love?

While I'm talking about comments, I had to share a few of my favorites.

I love this comment because Mrs. Nepper knows me so well! And yes, I have to have a beautiful red front door!

I die for a ruffle too, Selina!

This has to be my favorite comment of all time. I spewed tea out my nose when I read it!

Finally, if you've ever been targeted by a blog troll and received a nasty comment, you have to check out the new blog my favorite hate mail.

And before I go, a question for you: What makes you decided to take the time to comment on a blog post?



Tomesia said...

Oh, Hattie! I have been following your blog for a while. I should comment more. You should know I often think of your mad hatter tea party and when i drink tea, i think of your little tea bag anchors. I love your posts. Keep on a'bloggin :)

Nepper Lady said...

Wow, that's a good question. Well, I think first of all, when the blogger asks a question like "what makes you decide to take the time to comment on a blog post?" a person has to respond :)

I don't respond to each and every posting, but I do generally take the time to acknowledge those makeovers or those postings that really stuck out to me. Whether because they were really touching, or creative, or unique. Or if someone is sharing something really exciting, I think its just good taste to say, "Hey, someone out here in blogland is cheering for you."

Tracy said...

I tend to comment on blogs where I actually know the person- perhaps I'm not sure if a stranger cares about my opinion?? :) I also tend to comment if the blogger asks a question that I have a good story to or a strong feeling about. (ie: Santa's wrapping preference)

Hattie said...

Like Tracy, I comment the most on blogs written by people I know in real life. I also tend to comment on smaller blogs and "blog friend" blogs and on blogs I follow or subscribe to. Although any blog with an interesting question or crazy cool post will have me commenting away!

Kristen said...

It's nice to know someone is actually READING your blog, right? I think some people comment just to get attention for their own blog - I get networking and all, but I like to comment when I have something to contribute!

Mrs. Great Indoors said...

What a neat idea! I usually comment on a post when it's something I find really interesting or when I feel I can add something to the discussion. Since most of my blog reading is through Google Reader, it takes a little extra effort to respond to posts; sometimes that means I don't comment as much as I should. But as someone with a fledgling blog, I totally know how cool it is to get comments, especially from people you don't even know!

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