Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Commenting on blogs

Or a lesson in Savoir vivre.

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As an introduction, I’d like to say: I love when people comment on my posts.  It makes me feel read, gives me the feeling that I am not only writing to myself, it is my minute of fame, it boosts my ego… You can call me childish, self centred, insecure…  Still I love comments.  It also gives me more occasion to discover new blogs, new horizons.  So when I get a comment it is always a very positive experience.  And by the way, thank you Yarny Days and Fides Floris for passing by :-)  Having said this, I try as much as I can to reply to the messages even if it is sometimes very late.

And of course, when I visit other bloggers and something catch my eyes, I leave a comment.  It is not always a very original message, I try to avoid the ‘wow’-type of comment, try to give positive feed-back, and make sure that my messages are always friendly.  I do this because I know that many readers, just read, sometimes copy, but very rarely take the time to write.  I never think ‘why should I comment?’ because I know the work bloggers put to bring us nice craft project, nice pictures, valuable information.

Now to the real purpose of this post.  There are a couple of blogs that I really, really love.  I follow them, visit them every day, looking forward to new posts, getting to know (or at least I think) the writer, feeling that with every new post we are getting closer, we are getting friends.  Have I already used the word childish?  This is what I am: how can I become friend with someone behind a blog, with no chance to meet?

In the past, I have left comments for my preferred bloggers, put link to their blogs on mine, hope to show my appreciation.  A few of days, I comment on a blog I have been following for almost two years.  As I was typing, I had the feeling that I might be a little bit to familiar, that my words might be taken the wrong way; but I thought that my ‘friend’ would not mind and would understand the humour.  What a surprise, the next day my message had been deleted.  I felt so ashamed of having brought my ‘friend’ embarrassment.  What shall I do?  Send her a message and tell her how sorry I feel?  I think I’ll do this.

In the meantime, I have a message to all the bloggers out there:

Please, please reply to our comments, acknowledge that you have read us, acknowledge that you are happy to have comments.  I know that some of you receive hundreds of comments, but honestly isn’t it what you/we were looking for when you start blogging, to have an audience?  I am blogging not only for the sake of having my journal recorded and feel that other bloggers do the same; if I wanted to write my journal and keep it for myself, I would surely make my blog private, but since I am ‘public’, I am clearly seeking readers, and comments.  I might not love all the comments (I doubt it though), but unless they really offensive, I will accept them as they come.

Friday, 19 August 2011

New start…

Reassessing my priorities…

New year’s resolutions…

I am more a September girl when it comes to this.  It must be some kind of reminiscence from my school years when I was waiting for the end of August and the list of stationery supplies needed for the start of the school.  After a couple of months off, it felt good to start again, new promises, new targets as if every thing from before was forgotten.

I guess nowadays I still believe that I can start with a blank slate, reinvent myself, be more efficient, more organised, more patient, more active, more healthy, more everything…  But I also know it is now time to be MORE appreciative of what I am accomplishing and hope this is really a new start.

This having been said, I still need my ToDo list. So here it is, for the remaining of August and September:

Knitting:

  1. Finish Maud’s cardi
  2. Finish MP’s cardi
  3. Finish my orange top

Embroidery:

  1. Finish the cups’ panel
  2. Finish the Xmas panel with the little mice

Quilting:

  1. Finish quilting J’s quilt
  2. Finish and quilt Schnibble #2

and DO NOT START ANY NEW PROJECT :)  This is going to be the most difficult part, because look what I brought back from Australia…

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