I had been mulling over writing here about the times I was surprised, pleased and even floored to discover someone had (secretly) been reading this blog, and I had no idea because they never commented. Just last week, a new IABC contact mentioned that something I had said “inspired” her, to which I could only think, wow! All right, I also thought, “Why didn’t you say so on the blog?”
By coincidence, writer David Murray blogged about just that topic yesterday, in a post cleverly entitled, “If a writer types in the forest, does it make a sound?”
He notes that “They say no one knows the influence he or she has in the world. That’s especially true of writers.”
So if you’re reading someone’s blog and something inspires you, touches you, or even just rings true from your own experience, why not take a minute to say so? The writer will love to know he or she has made a sound. And as you pass along to your friends and colleagues the treasures you find on the web — retweeting interesting blog posts, “liking” Facebook pages, sharing funny comments — please take the time to comment first.
Well said, Sue. I have heard similar comments from people who have told me: “I have been listening to your podcast for four years and I really enjoy it.” Makes me wonder: Why did they never ever comment for four years? I don’t think readers/listeners realize how important their feedback is — positive or negative. As bloggers, Facebookers, Tweeters (I made up those two words) and podcasters, I think we have to ASK for comments, and remind people that we don’t want just a one-way conversation.
Hear, hear! I agree a zillion per cent, Sue! It can be lonely being a faithful blogger for nothing but silent lurkers. ANY comment (within acceptable boundaries) can be welcome. Even to say “Kilroy was here and read your post. Not sure if I agree or not, but thanks for blogging” would make my day.
Thanks for commenting, ladies! I can understand when there are already 56 comments, a reader might think they have nothing to add to the conversation. But when there aren’t any, a comment is especially welcome, whether agreeing, disagreeing or as you say Gloria, just saying someone read the post.
Sue, my husband accuses me of “over-commenting” and thus hogging the space.
Hahaha! Sue, I don’t think so. 🙂
I identify with this post 110%! I myself used to be terrible for reading and not commenting but as time went by, I realized that I had to give what I wanted to receive. Being part of the conversation feels awesome!
Great reminder, thanks for sharing 🙂
Sara, thanks for joining the conversation! I am trying to more consistently do the same, especially if someone’s post has inspired me to write something too. I’ll write my post but make sure I comment as well.
Sad confession: This is the first time I have ever commented on a blog. Ah ha, I thought when I read “Lurkers…!” I’m supposed to be part of this conversation too. What fun! I’ll be back!
Jeanette, I am so honoured that my blog is the first to which you have given a comment – Thank you for bravely stepping forth!