Care to comment?

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Please let me know if there is a particular topic you’d like me to blog about (or, actually, if there’s anything you’d like to see less of!). What kinds of posts do you think would inspire you to leave a comment?

I depend on your feedback to breathe life into LifeLines!

UPDATE: A post by Annabel Candy at ProBlogger makes the bold claim that blog comments “are essential to a new blog’s success.” Wow! You can read Annabel’s whole post here.

13 thoughts on “Care to comment?”

  1. Hilarious cartoon! “Theirs” a reason I make it my mission as a third grade teacher to teach the difference between there and their. : )

  2. I don’t know what comments I would add, but I do like hearing reports of how your church is living the kingdom life. :)

    • That’s good to know, Jon. We’ll be starting a new year of Common Ground in October—that’s a program that pairs people of different ethnicities and equips them to meet monthly for a shared meal and conversation about race. It’s a powerful program, and I’m hoping to do some more posts about it later this fall. Stay tuned!

      I will particularly look forward to your comments on those posts, because I know you’ve dealt with racism yourself, and you bring an interesting perspective. You’ve posted some thought-provoking pieces on your own blog, and I thank you for those.

  3. Great cartoon, Melanie. I love the hilarity and will check out the Shoeboxblog. Even though I don’t comment often, your blogs stimulate my thinking and I appreciate your word crafting. Keep going!

    • Hi Ann! Sorry I didn’t reply to your comment earlier—it got caught in my spam filter for some reason. But thanks for subscribing, reading, and commenting when you can. I do appreciate it!

      In addition to Shoeboxblog, check out the blog Jon Reid recommended below: Hyperbole and a Half. It’s a different kind of humor, but it cracks me up!

  4. I wonder about what makes folks comment as well. While my blog gets lots of hits, I only get a comment on half of them. My sister-in-law, on the other hand, posts almost daily and always has 5-10 comments on each posting. The difference may be that when I “creep” the folks commenting on her blog, I find that she has commented on theirs. So maybe you have to comment more on other to get comments on yours…..

    • Hey, farminarian, it’s good to hear from you again! How have you been? I think you’re right about commenting on other people’s blogs. That is something I do, but I think most of the blogs I comment on are much “bigger” than mine, and those bloggers are less likely to comment back. Occasionally I have found “smaller” blogs whose content I really appreciate, but there’s no clear way to subscribe or even to contact the author! It seems there are two main blogging camps: (1) the big guys who know what they’re doing and are too busy doing it to comment back, and (2) the small guys who are blogging more as a way to “journal” than as a way to build an online community or even a following. I’m a small blog, but I do want this to become a community. So I appreciate your tips about how to make that happen!

  5. I am doing well. When we first met it was in response to your visit to a classis meeting and the topic of license to exhort. I am going ahead and will be examined on Wednesday. I will try to post regarding my impressions from the other side of the microphone.

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