MY LOVE FOR COMMENTS
MY FIVE REQUESTS
So today I'd like to make 5 Blog Comment Requests for Five Things Friday:
1. Be Gracious - when someone writes a post, they are often sharing from their heart. They may have different life experiences to you, and different opinions, but that doesn't mean these things don't have value to the person writing. You may be further along the path of enlightenment, but you don't need to be snarky or one-up them with your vast wisdom and experience. Err on the side of grace and don't be 'that person' who has to prove their point.
2. Be Generous - take the time to write something thoughtful, share a little of yourself, maybe a little anecdote that you have from your own life that relates to the post. Don't drop a few words as a token gesture and then think you've created interaction - when you really haven't made much of an effort at all.
3. Be Brave - if you never comment on blogs because you don't know what to say, stop for a moment and think how much the person you're reading would love to have you interact and share with them. It's not hard to create a commenting account if you don't have one - step up and take the challenge - there's a whole world of conversation waiting for you. I for one, would love to get to know you and to hear your thoughts.
4. Be Respectful - I feel belittled when a commenter takes what I've said and uses it to air their superiority on a subject. Everyone is at different stages in life's journey - respect someone else's life experience and encourage them - enrich their world rather than detracting from it. It's easy to be the know-it-all, the been-there-done-that person, the world weary pessimist. Instead, choose to be the Atta-girl commenter who respects where the writer is coming from without having to prove some point of your own.
5. Be Encouraging - I love it when people comment positively, when they share their similar experiences, when they tell me they loved a particular paragraph or thought. It is such a big part of blogging for me - the relationships, the connections, the sense of being part of a midlife (and beyond) sisterhood who have each others' backs.
LETS STEP UP AND BE LIGHT AND LOVE
Why not make the comment box a place of shared experiences, encouragement, grace and positivity? It's what I aim for when I leave a comment and I'd love it if everyone returned the love. Thoughtful comments that build a blogger up make such a difference to the process when you are bearing your heart and soul to the blogosphere.
What sort of commenter are you?