I think every blogger remembers his or her first.
You know, the first comment made by someone other than a family member, close friend, or spouse.
We remember, because like all of life’s initial experiences, it has a mood altering effect.
That first comment has the power to turn an otherwise quiet and sedate person into a screaming out of control maniac.
And it prompts the usually excitable individuals to go into overdrive; where they feel they’re going to burst from the excitement.
I remember my first blog comment.
Just two words, yet they were enough.
They were enough to make me jump out of my chair and scream, “Somebody out there is reading what I have to say!”
Those two words had enough power to inspire me do my happy dance, to run a victory lap around the living room, and to cheer each letter of my name.
Yes, comments are powerful.
They’re composed of words and there’s no denying how much power words hold.
Sadly, the opposite is also true.
Words also have the power to hurt, to slander, to demean.
I’ve discovered that the majority of writers feel that words can either have an uplifting effect or they can make one stumble.
Fortunately, us writers have thick skin and while mean words can have a negative impact, they don’t hold us down for very long.
Like a phoenix, we rise.
We rise because the need to express ourselves is greater than the feeling of defeat.
We rise because negativity will never triumph over our desire to communicate our thoughts and ideas.
We rise because we understand that not everyone has to agree with what we have to say.
I dare say they’re the reason some of us blog.
They encourage us to keep writing.
They’re written applause to what we’ve said.
But most of all, they are inspiring.
Some writers believe they write for themselves; that they have no need for feedback.
And I respect that.
However, I’m not one of those writers.
My readers mean the world to me.
I write for you.
Yes, it’s true I would still write if you weren’t here, but in all honesty, it wouldn’t be as much fun.
If you weren’t here, I would miss your wit.
I would miss the way your words make me giggle and smile.
I would miss your though provoking feedback and suggestions.
I would miss discovering how you feel about a particular subject.
Nevertheless, I don’t agree that a writer’s as good as his or her audience.
I don’t believe this is true.
There are many fantastic writers/bloggers who do not receive a lot of comments on their posts.
This makes me wonder what causes some bloggers to have so many comments and others so few.
Does popularity have anything to do with it?
Is it because some writers are more charismatic than others?
Is it because some bloggers network more?
I wrote this post to get answers to these questions.
But I also wrote it to create awareness regarding the importance of feedback.
Dear readers, I know I speak for many when I say, while we love that you drop by and read our blogs, we love it so much more when you take the time to comment.
We want to know what you think.
We want you to be a part of the discussion.
We want to engage you in dialogue.
For all of you who take the time to leave comments on my blog, thank you!
I am very, very grateful.