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via Babs Golden

Okay, I realize a bit of back story is probably needed here.  I’ve got a really great friend (you know, the friend that you don’t get to talk to everyday, the one that lives far away, but is always there for you and you for her?).  When she calls, all of the sudden it’s 10 years ago, before kids, when we worked too hard and played even harder.  You get the idea.  I can tell her pretty much anything.  So, when she called to talk about starting a blog, I was all in.

A funny thing happened as we were hashing out the definitions of posts, comments and followers.  She told me that she reads several blogs, but never comments.  I told her that not commenting made her a “lurker”!  Fortunately, she didn’t take offense to me calling her  a name.  But it led us to an interesting conversation about what blogs are really for.  What we came up with was that blogging is a way of sharing with your community, your family and your friends.  You don’t have to be in the same town or even the same country for that matter.  But when you share the same passion as someone else through their blog, it’s a special thing.  Commenting is a way to communicate your thoughts and feelings to others.  In some ways, it’s similar to having a really great friend that you don’t see or talk to every day, but is always there for you.

I want you all to know how much I appreciate each and every one of your comments.  I try so hard to comment back to you all, but when I can’t know that I wanted to.  It means the world to me that you would take time out of your day to talk to me and share your thoughts.  Babs sent me the photo above after we talked the other day.  It makes me feel inspired to do my best for you, my readers, every day.  And for all of you “lurkers” (wink, wink) out there, write a comment, send me an email, I’d love to hear what you have to share, too.


9 Responses

  1. Love it! I think I go back and forth between lurking or commenting- many times it is based on how creative I am feeling and the time I have…I will try harder to comment more in general as I think you said it perfectly! Thanks for the reminder! Take care, Caroline

  2. Who knew? I didn’t realize how coveted “comments” are!
    I am a recovered “lurker”! I have read blogs for years but never commented.
    This summer, I started a widdle blog and I LIVE FOR COMMENTS! Embarrassing, yet true.
    Thank you so much for popping by and especially for commenting!
    Kerry at

  3. I love this post!! Comments are so important- especially to new bloggers. I love getting feedback from other people and I use it to determine what they like the most about my blog- which helps me come up with new ideas for posts. Most importantly, the comments lead me to other wonderful blogs that inspire me and introduce me to new people! That is my favorite thing about them!

    I hope you have a great day!

  4. I always stop by your blog. I am always inspired! I have been thinking about starting a blog, but have yet to do so. Any tips?

  5. I love this!! I have actually wanted to write a post to my “lurkers” – so many days I have only 3 or 4 comments but when I look at my stats its well over a hundred that have looked at my post. And Im like “why dont they just say HI? I wont bite!” LOL

  6. Hi dear!!!!!!!
    I always wish I heard from my readers more, because I love comments and the encouragement to keep on writing. I especially love that relationships can be fostered, and new friendships.
    Even so, I barely comment or even stop by blogs have as much as I wish I could. I used to feel guilty, but after the Relevant Conference {which I highly recommend!}, it helped to free me from that. Must put First things first, right??
    I so appreciate that you comment at my blog! And so looking forward to building a friendship across the miles. Now how cool is that?
    – {darlene}

  7. Couldn’t agree with you more and so well said! Blogging is such a great way to connect to people that share the same interest – that’s one of the big reasons I started mine and it has been wonderful.