Saturday, July 18, 2009

Blog Reading

I have 70-something blogs listed over there in my blog roll. I stopped using my Blogger dashboard reader- which may be a mistake. I have more blogs there, blogs that I intend to read but didn't automatically add to my blog roll for whatever reason. So I guess I have some updating to do. But I keep that list over there by "most recently updated" and it is basically how I read my blogs. I have some of you that I actually look for and know when you pop up on the top of the list. And whenever I have a few minutes to ignore my job (the conference call, the e-mail, waiting for a report to load) or ignore my kids (TV is on, they are playing in their rooms, naptime) or ignore my husband (who am I kidding? he's on his computer as much- no, more- than me!)... I pop onto my blog and click through that list of 70-something blogs that I like to read. I have gotten lazy with commenting. Like I'm suddenly shy or something. I feel like I have this self-imposed pressure to be funny or witty. I feel silly leaving a comment that basically just says "Love this post!" But you know what... I'm going to make an effort to do that more often. Because I love it when I get those kind of comments. Not because the comment says anything about my post. But because it's a calling card left by the person who came to read my post. That's the part about comments that I love- knowing who stopped by. I have "real-life" friends that sometimes mention my blog to me. And I love knowing that they read my blog! Christy came with me to music team one night at church- so she could play with my kids while I rehearsed. And 2 of my music team friends immediately knew who she was- "Is that Christy? From your blog?" I just like knowing that someone out there enjoys what I have to say or gets something from it. I enjoy the friendships I've made- the bloggers I feel close to, in some sense. I also enjoy just having even a minor connection to the people I read and who come and read me. So if you come to the blog regularly, feel free to click on that "follow" thing over there. Leave a little comment letting me know you're around. Or just keep coming back and reading, getting whatever it is you get from whatever it is that I put out there.

12 comments:

C. Beth said...

I notice on some blogs it seems like every comment is witty. But I agree--a comment doesn't have to be witty or profound to be a GREAT comment.

mimbles said...

I'm often doing my blog-reading quite late at night, commenting is hard when the brain has slowed down to half-asleep! But I absolutely agree with you, all comments - calling card types included - are lovely to get, so I do feel I ought to make more of an effort with leaving them too.

Joanie M said...

I'm having one heck of a time keeping up with my blogs these past few weeks. As a results, I've been skimming them and commenting only occasionally.

Teacher Tom said...

I've felt the same pressure to be witty or wise. Thanks for the reminder to just be generous with the "Way to goes!"

Jim and Garret said...

Sometimes I leave a short note:

1- So I can subscribe to that entry.
2- My calling card, that I was there.
3- To get a rise out of Alix.
4- Ummmm, that's it.
5- Really.

Sonja said...

I am here and reading!

Flartus said...

Flartus was here.

Flartus said...

;)

Flartus said...

Oh, and I was just wondering...how long 'til we get that pie your blog header keeps teasing us with?

I'm Grace said...

I always look forward to reading your blog.

Mrs4444 said...

I love visiting! And I have too many blogs in my reader to count, so the occasion comment puts you at the top of the list :) Thanks for stopping by :)

Amy said...

Seems summer is a slow time in the blogosphere. I'm finding myself with less time to blog and less time to visit, read and comment on others blogs. I do use a blog reader so I can at least see when a new post is added.

What I love about comments is that it creates a community of sorts in the blogosphere. I get to know people in the exchange of talk. And I get irritated by people whose blogs I follow and comment on who don't return the courtesy to me.