Saturday, June 8, 2013

comments on blogs

note to readers: this is NOT criticism, just something I think about from time to time.  I saw the picture and it just triggered the post.  Enjoy the cute pic.  I'm sorry for my previous tone...


Don't you sometimes think we are unimaginative in our comments?



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38 comments:

  1. It is hard sometimes esp for me who is unimaginative! I have read an interesting discussion on ReadyThreadSew on honest comments on sewing blogs- . If you have not seen it was a good post ( called Criticism is good ) .

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    1. Thanks Janine, I'll check it out. This post was mainly about the cartoon. :-)

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  2. I think making a comment is like the long-ago practice of leaving a calling card. It says "I was here and I want you to know it." It lets the blogger know someone is reading. I suppose the very popular blogs don't need that sort of affirmation or reassurance but others need or, at least, enjoy it.

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    1. Great analogy. Yes, a calling card. I just really like the photo.

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    2. Well said, I think this is so true.

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  3. So right.. I try to post ,if I read a blog.. Even if it is only a word or two..

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    1. yeah, me too. Cute pic though.

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  4. Hi Mary - it is a very cute pic and a great way to say - yes - sometimes we are unimaginative. I know sharing the cute pic was the main thing for the post - however - you gotta know - when you post something people will come...... and say ...... what everyone above has said.

    Have a good one.

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    1. I sometimes have the desire to say "ditto"...comment fatigue. :-(

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  5. Hi Mary, very cute pic! I'm thinking about copying it and leaving it as a comment :-)

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    1. Mae, feel free. It is up there for the taking. I like the idea of a pictorial comment.

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  6. Sometimes leaving comments reminds me of writing school report cards - you just want to make it a tad personal, but after 25 comments they all start to sound the same. So with blogs I tend to just comment away with the first thought that pops into my head - and hope any humour is taken the right way by the reader...and I just cracked up at your piccie...J

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    1. Oh yes! We also did 6 week progress reports which were written each class period and handed back to the students. 30x6=lots of repeats

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  7. Certainly on some blogs (you know, the ones everyone comments on, the big name bloggers, so that isn't me !!) it does get mighty tedious reading the same comment hundreds of times - I do try and anchor into something the person has said - especially if I have an ongoing conversation with them. For others, yes, I leave a calling card - everyone likes affirmation and recognition, after all.

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    1. I agree-comments are affirming. If I can't say anything truly meaningful because of my own time constraints, I will leave a calling card.

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  8. Mary, that is a cute pic !! :)

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  9. Commenting can be like a receiving line sometimes- " he looks so lifelike, he's gone to another place, may you have years of happiness, yaddayadda'....sometimes you can't think of a darn witty thing to say and just want to show some support- those are the hard ones. Maybe the like button is a good thing- it says 'I'm here, I support and OMG THAT DRESS IS CUTE!!!'

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  10. Cute pic, he would make a great statue outside a museum :-)

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  11. Well... would you actually dislike receiving a "calling card" sort of comment? I must say, I do like that term... it's brilliant!
    More annoying are the comments that barely mention whatever you are blogging and are all about them, the commenter; and of course no one likes mean or nasty comments.
    I do know what you mean though, and it can be hard to get creative in commenting. I know I've been guilty of sometimes leaving a quick coupla words, when I'm time-poor and rushing to fit blogging in with everything else, but I really do prefer to write something more meaningful... after all, we are building up friendships via blogging.
    I read an article not long ago, stating that people with a blog are people who feel like they are not being heard in their lives. In my real life I might receive one or two, or zero compliments on my sewing, so I am very appreciative every time someone takes the time to say a supportive word or two, or more!

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    1. I also am very appreciative. I have less time than I used to...who knew retirement would become so busy? And with that, I sometimes feel guilty for my "quick and dirty" comments. We are indeed building relationships.

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  12. Ditto to all of the above (smile) sorry couldn't help myself. I too sometimes read a blog, and there are loads of comments and I agree with what many of them have said before, and don't have anything further to add, but I too like to just leave a "calling card" too - when you look at the stats on your blog it says X number of people have read your blog today, but you may only have one or two comments so without the calling card, you don't really know who is looking. Time is also a big issue for me, and I suspect most of us.

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    1. hahaa Pauline! yes, the stats are a whole 'nother blog issue. Comparing stats with comments is probably futile.

      How are you doing with all the changes in your life??

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  13. sorry for the abundance of "too's" lol

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  14. As a longtime reader of sewing blogs, and an ex-blogger, I find it odd when bloggers complain about comments. It feels as if readers are invited to a conversation, then slapped down for not having identical interests/views with the blogger, or for being "boring." if a blogger wants to dictate the terms of conversation, they should run a closed blog for their own select clique with an agreed "etiquette." Otherwise, accept what they get with good grace. It's a big world out there, with lots of variety, thankfully. As a reader the only comments that bug me are the fakes which are really adverts.

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    1. Ruth, this is so wise. Thanks for your response-it is super real! :-)

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    2. Ruth , in addition to this I have seen bloggers who rarely if ever comment on others blogs complain they are not getting comments !!

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  15. LOL, Mary. That pic is hi-larious. Yes, I sometimes am guilty of the very imaginative feedback, and sometimes I intend to go back and leave feedback when I think of something better to say, but then I may not. Not sure which is worse. ;)

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    1. I meant to say, I am sometimes guilty of UNimaginative feedback...

      I still love that walrus pic. :D

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  16. I'd rather have an unimaginative comment than none at all! "Calling cards" are just fine and perfectly welcome on my blog, that's for sure.

    Hey, if a blogger really wants constructive criticism for something specific, then they should just ask for it directly. "Do you think I've over-fitted the bodice?" or "What is wrong with this hem?" Otherwise, it's really down to personal taste and I'm not willing to diss something if it's just not my style. I LOVE individual style and will encourage it in others every chance I get! Obviously I leave a lot of positive comments. ;)

    Hilarious image, Mary!

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  17. Although you try to show a lack of inspiration to write, I think this is a great-intelligent thought!

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  18. Funny picture. Glad you mentioned Seal of Approval. I totally missed that.

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