There is a rumor about blogs that comments had better be good. You can’t go around leaving lazy comments because they don’t add to the conversation and they probably won’t even get approved. I feel this way when I think about commenting on a great post on a popular blog and there are 645 comments already that are all clever in their own right and worthy of a separate blog post in itself, maybe even an essay or a book. And not to mention names (Wendi Aarons), but I just lurk around her blog and don’t say a thing because I can’t compete with her commenters.
There is a truth in that, especially when you are a blogger and you want to convince readers to click the link to your own blog. But, there is another reason to comment. You can comment just to say, “Hey, that was cool.”
The bloggers with 645 comments per post probably already know that, but for bloggers with slightly fewer comments, they might like the encouragement. For Growing Up Austin, I would like to be clear about this and say that you don’t have to be clever or funny or “add to the conversation.” You can say “Hey, that was cool” or just “Hey” if you are in a hurry.
It means a lot to me to know you are out there and you liked a post.
So, in honor of commenting, I’m going to give away Growing Up Austin t-shirts and Go Local cards. For every comment that happens on any post from now until midnight Wednesday, November 16th, you will get one entry into the giveaway. Then I will randomly choose three names to receive a GrowingUpAustin.com t-shirt and Go Local discount card.
So comment away on any post, you can comment a hundred times if you want (whole words, please). And after the giveaway ends, if you read something you like, remember that I LOVE comments, any comment.
Just so we are clear about this, in case you heard the rumors.