Some Comments On Commenting

Aight, beloved readers… (That means “All right” for those of you not currently residing in the south.) Today, for essentially the first time in my blog history, I write to you from atop my soapbox.

No, we will not be discussing politics. (Yikes.) And no, I will not be preaching about the “hard stuff” from the Bible. Instead, I am going to share with you my comments… on commenting.

Yes, I am writing about commenting on blogs. Those of you in the “blogging community” will <hopefully> understand and support this idea… but for you beloved readers who don’t have a blog of your own, I just want to share with youΒ how important it is to comment on blogs.

You can't actually comment "here" per say... but you can scroll to the bottom and comment. Just sayin'.

Before I you think I am an ungrateful blogging heifer, please know that I am INCREDIBLY thankful for my loyal followers who have the courage to comment on my blog (or other folks’ blogs.) Seriously. Ever since I Β “launched” this ministry two months ago and migrated to WordPress, my blog comments have been tremendous compared to my old site. So on that note, here are a few facts you might not know about commenting on our blogs…

1. Your comments keep us going. This is so, so, SO important, especially for us faith bloggers that are currently working for Jesus dollars, not world dollars. Blogging, especially daily, is freaking hard. Yes, it can be incredibly rewarding. But little tidbits in the form of your comments keep us pressing forward in the name of Jesus when our brains are mush and our fingers are sick of typing. Second to God, YOU are who we are writing for!!

2. We LOVE hearing your thoughts. When you respond to our post(s), it encourages our hearts that people actually DO read our stuff. Yeah, our stats might say people are stopping by, but a few comments mean more to us than a hundred page views. If you comment, it helps us to believe even more deeply in the mission to which we have been called. Plus, we love the interaction– writing to a silent screen can get a little monotonous. And if we talk to ourselves while we write (especially in public places like Starbucks) people think we are nuts. So save us the embarrassment and talk to us through the screen! πŸ™‚

3. Your comments don’t have to be “profound.” If I EVER figure out who started THIS nasty little rumor, I am going to cut them. Or at least judo chop them in the neck. Seriously. Yeah, we love it when comments reflect/respond to something we actually wrote (because it means you actually read it) but your comments don’t have to beΒ profound.Β We aren’t expecting a greek translation or a Scripture quote or a profound revelation that changes our lives (although sometimes that does happen, which is awesome.) But sometimes, just a simple “Amen sister!” Or “Great thoughts!” or “Really spoke to me!” can make all the difference. Β We comment on Facebook statuses and pictures all the time… why not take 14 extra seconds, comment on the actual blog and make it permanent? We appreciate ANY comments we receive on our blogs! (Except spam… we despise blog spam. It’s almost as yucky as the luncheon meat stuff.)

4. Your comments help our “legitness” factor. Yeah, so I made up that word… but seriously. When others view a blog, one of the first things they probably do is glance down at the bottom to see how many comments have been made. I certainly do that. If there are a lot of comments, that makes me think either A) Whatever the blogger wrote is super legit B) They have such an incredible platform that they could blog about ketchup and people would still love it or C) They are paying people under the table to leave comments. (I am pretty sure options A & B are the most feasible here.) Seriously though– if a “big dawg” publisher, minister, blogger, whoever lands on our page… Comments can make or break an opportunity that might lurking around the corner.

Blogging is like wearing a different outfit each day… although in our world, they are never going to be the SAME outfit. Sure, there are going to be occasions where a blog post might be the equivalent to t-shirt and sweats, but most days, we bloggers are hopeful that someone will notice and comment. Think about how you feel each time you sport a new haircut or outfit and someone positively mentions it to you… It can keep you going for the rest of the day! Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. And for those of us in the Jesus blogging world– we love warm and fuzzy. (Or feisty and festive. Whatever.)

Finally, we know that God encourages us throughout Scripture. From the beautiful and romantic words of Song of Solomon to the promises of Jesus, He offers encouragement to keep us going. And while those reminders keep us reaching for Jesus, sometimes we need a little earthly help from our readers to have the courage to face our keyboard again as we share our hearts.

Aight… (it’s slacking grammar day if you can’t tell…) I hope the above case for the importance of commenting on blogs has empowered you to take heart and reach out to those of us who have been called to blog for Jesus… And before you roll your eyes thinking this is a desperate attempt for feel-good moments, please note that this is not a plea for more comments on my blog. If you don’t believe me, comment on some of these other Jesus gals’ blogs if you don’t feel called to comment on 7 Days Time. It’s not about the numbers… It’s about the mission.

Check out (and comment on– hint, hint!) these other blogs…

Kelli (my beloved boss) at Living for One.
Jen over at Finding Heaven Today
Shannon at Jesus & My Orange Juice
Lisa-Jo at The Gypsy Mama
Colleen at The Restarter Home

WHEW! Aight, I need to click publish before the view from my soapbox makes me so dizzy I pass out (or chicken out.)

Oh… and just in case this post actually stuck… feel free to leave a comment here. πŸ™‚

Sharing the Jesus Comment Love,
SGK

“ThereforeΒ encourageΒ one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” –1 Thessalonians 5:11

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45 thoughts on “Some Comments On Commenting

  1. kelliwommack

    My profound statement: People’s two-cents are worth more than two-cents!
    My comment: you are awesome. Thanks for including me in your blog roll…I am honored.

    • Oh Kelli, you always have something profound-ish and clever to share! Love it. Thanks for encouraging me and teaching me about this blogging world– can’t wait for our SheSpeaks adventures together!

  2. I’m honored, too! And my goal for the day is to use legit ness in a conversation!

    • Thanks Colleen– your writing style over at Restarter Home is an inspiration to me… I L-O-V-E the sarcasm and ingenuity. My daily goal is to not snort laugh out loud when I read your blog while riding on my iPad while working the stationary bike at the gym. (A goal I am almost guaranteed to fail– which is a good thing!)

  3. Jenn Gifford

    Always love reading your blog. I feel like we’re having a sleepover again and sharing our hearts with each other(days I dearly miss)!! It has been so incredible to watch you over the last few years, grow tremendously in the Lord and draw more and more near to His heart!!

    • Oh, I miss our sleepovers! I bet we would have even cooler stuff to talk about now that we are both so close to Jesus. Thanks for your love and guidance, Jenn… You are such an incredible woman of God!

  4. Samantha Metheny

    Thanks for this FYI on blogging ettiquite. I’ll be more careful to leave you some love when I enjoy your beautiful words. πŸ™‚

    • Blogging etiquette… I like the way you put that. Instead of a spoon and fork, we have a computer and our thoughts– which can get equally as messy. Thanks for the blogging love today– now– go love on that soldier hubby of yours πŸ™‚

  5. shannonmilholland

    Sharita, I could not agree more. I spent many lonely early months as a blogger with no comments. In those early days I reminded myself I was writing for an audience of One. I still am but it’s so much easier to keep going when you know the words you write and touching hearts and lives.

    So honored to be mentioned here.

    XOXO

    • Amen, Shannon. God has called us to write for HIM, but He also called us to be in community with one another, cheering each other one, offering encouragement along the way… And for that I am incredibly thankful πŸ™‚

      Thanks for your support and guidance! Love reading your blog each time you post.

  6. dawn aldrich

    Aight, thanks for speaking my mind!

    • Ha ha, you make me grin, Dawn… I really don’t know why I was so hung up on the word aight…

      But I guess it’ll be aight, huh?

    • Thanks for the share Dawn, this post made me laugh out loud!

      Enjoyed your soap box Sharita, glad you did not chicken out πŸ™‚

      • Glad you stopped by! I am glad I could bring some humor to your day! πŸ™‚

  7. Good stuff. Great encouragement to engage. Always nice when being “soap-boxed” if the delivered feels approachable …aight.

    • Ha ha, your comment made me smile– I really don’t know why I was so hung up on “aight.” I think I should drink less coffee when I am writing my posts πŸ˜‰

  8. Nicole Born

    Sharita, I absolutely love reading your blog every single day! Many days I even forward it on to friends and family πŸ™‚ Thank you for all of the insightful blogs that remind me to spend more time with Jesus, more time reading my Bible, and to always have faith πŸ™‚ Now that I know how important comments are, I will try to do it more often! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much for your encouragement, Nicole! It is a true blessing to have such awesome and supportive cheerleaders πŸ™‚ Blessings to you!

  9. CJ Lacey

    Love you
    Moma

  10. I’m so glad you wrote about that. I love comments, and there was a time (for about a week), I didn’t get any comments on my devotional blog– and I seriously considered quitting (because obviously it wasn’t helping anyone.. in my opinion anyway). But I had committed to God for a year of daily posts, and I kept going. I still don’t have a lot of comments, but I do have some (which is better than none.. none makes you question yourself to be honest.)

    Thanks again for this.

    ~Kelly
    http://www.encourage365.com
    http://www.ohthatmomagain.blogspot.com

    • I feel ya, sister… I definitely still have the days where I feel like I have knocked it out of the park and get no comments. Then on the days where I feel like I have nothing left to give, God writes it for me– and people respond.

      Kind of a reminder that we aren’t doing this alone. Kudos on your commitment to write for a year and maintaining two blogs at that. Keep it up πŸ™‚ Blessings to you!

  11. Carol Meyer

    Sharita,
    I do enjoy your blog too. Sorry I have not let you know that. πŸ™‚ I have been reminded lately how important it is to encourage others that are out there on the “battle field” for Jesus and to pray for them. Please, forgive me for being a slow learner. Thank you for answering His call. Praying for you today.

    Your Friend,
    Carol Meyer

    • Oh Carol, please, please do not feel bad! My supervisor and I were talking about the blogging world and we determined that if you aren’t a blogger, most folks just don’t know the awesomeness/importance of blog comments.

      So thankful that you stopped by– and thank you for the prayers.

  12. Lex

    God speaking through your words always gives me food for thought. I read them all. Does liking or sharing your blogs count? πŸ™‚

    • I am so glad you enjoy my posts, Ma! And yes… Sharing my blog certainly “counts.” πŸ™‚ Not that I am keeping score or anything. (But if I was, you would win the cheerleader award!)

  13. Amen, Sister to all four factors you touched on. A little encouragement goes a long way! IF you feel so inclined, please visit my blog at http://www.sherryperkins.blogspot.com. Thank you!

    • Thank you Sherry and I totally agree that a little encouragement can make all the difference. I popped over to your blog! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Aunt Jan

    I love reading your blog, Sharita. Don’t always get it done every day, but I always go back (even if it is a week) and catch up. I enjoy your take on the mundane subjects of the day. Always reminds me to stop and “smell the roses” in our hurried life. Keep up your journey!
    Love you,

    • Awww shucks, Aunt Jan! I am so thrilled that my blog makes your “to do” list. Thank you for the encouragement πŸ™‚ Love you too!

  15. Missy

    Unfaithful blogger but lover of your bloggin’… keep up the great work girl!

    xoxo and prayers,
    Missy

  16. Missy

    since my pic didn’t pop up…Missy Burch from JC…

  17. LOVE it! Thanks for steppin’ up on your soapbox sista!
    I too am working for the Jesus dollars and will agree, it helps when you know, even if it’s just one person, that people are reading your work.
    And I will be using your made up word β€œlegitness” factor (and giving you all of the credit of course πŸ˜‰ ).
    Thank you for the great post! I’ll be sharing this one.

    • Ha ha… So glad that this post has created a new vocab word. I appreciate the encouragement and the ReTweet! Looking forward to building this connection as we press forward in the name of Jesus.

  18. dmhuizinga

    Great article that challenged me. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  19. I shared your blog (giving you credit of course) on my social media networks. πŸ™‚

  20. Alright (I’m totally a Yankee), I hear you! I’ve been blogging for one week (but not about ketchup). The feedback makes all the difference. Thanks for putting it into words.

  21. fullherlife

    Hey Sharita Girl!
    Thanks for sharing! It’s very interesting what gives people the green light to leave a comment. Thanks for the encouragement to step out of our comfort zones! I know personally, receiving and giving out comments is rewarding!!! πŸ™‚ ~ Blessings, Amy

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