Saturday, 31 August 2013

I'm talking to YOU...

What do you feel when you read a blog?  Not just my blog, anyone's blog.

Do you feel like you have sneaked Into someone's room and discovered their diary laying open on the desk, and you just could not resist a wee peek?  Do you feel naughty, like you shouldn't really be reading it at all? Do you read it quietly so no one knows you're there?

OR, do you feel like the blogger is talking directly to you? When a blogger asks a question is it directed at you? Or is it that person behind you, the one reading over your shoulder?

I read a lot of blogs, a lot invite discussion, yet I, myself, barely ever seem to take part. Why? Are they talking to me? Are they really interested in my input? Can I be bothered to type out a reply?  I think it's a little bit of all of those.  

There has been the odd occasion that I have made the effort to reply and once or twice I have scrolled down to comment to find there's a whole load of comments already there, so I don't bother. I don't know why I do this, perhaps I don't want to intrude on the conversation.

Then a giveaway pops up and I really want to add my name to the ever growing list, but I can't, because I feel it would be most rude to lurk then just pop up, waving my hand wildly in the air, shouting 'me, me, me'.

It's a different ball game of course when you personally know the blogger, you feel comfortable commenting on the post without the fear of the blogger wondering who on earth the stranger is that's just written something under their piece.

I personally appreciate every single comment I get (well, except the spam ones of course) I get a buzz when my notification pops up to tell me there's a new one, and I scurry off to see what someone has written. I have a few regular commenters and their input is very much appreciated. Based on that I'm a bit ashamed to be a lurker, I really must comment more on other people's blogs.

Oh, and if you are a lurker too, I really don't mind if you want to add your name to a giveaway post. :)

As long as there are readers, I'll keep on blogging......... or (insert horrible thought) am I just rabbiting away to myself?!

It has been known  :)


  1. Seems I often rabbit away to myself. I often feel the blogger is talking to me, would you write something for yourself only?
    But I get put off by all the hoops you have to go through to reply (you have to have a suitable ID somewhere, have to enter the security phrase/number/code etc. etc.
    I type quite quick and get annoyed about the hold up, so I don't bother ...
    Sorry Sooz, but I do read often, sorry if I only sometimes answer ;)
    ... ... and then
    The characters you entered don't match the word verification. Please try again. ... ...
    aaarrrggghhh ....

  2. You are one of my regulars Margret :)

  3. The hoops can be off-putting, but worse is if one posts a comment with question and the blogger ignores it, or if the blogger and the regulars seem to be in dialogue, responding to each other's comments, but ignore one's attempt to join in.

    I found it easy to comment on Sooz's blog because I know her; I'm not sure whether I would comment as readily on a stranger's blog, though I have once or twice sent appreciative feedback.

  4. Hi Sue,

    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog - and don't worry, you're not talking to yourself!! Love your crochet bolster cushion and your dad's shirt too .... very colourful

    Julia x

  5. I love your dolls Julia, so cute. Especially the sewing buddy one.

  6. As a very new blogger I find it reassuring when people comment - makes me feel that I'm not completely weird. I don't care if people know me or not, I just want to know that my posts are not completely off the wall and that they do make sense to someone else!

  7. I know what you mean Heather :)


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