7 October 2011
blogs + comments (+ a giveaway) :: day 7
Back when I began blogging, things were different. It was five years ago now... I was reading some faves that are still linked in my sidebar today. They inspired me. I sat down and puddled around with templates and began blogging intermittently. To remind myself to take note of moments and try and stay in them a little longer. I read blogs, but I didn't comment much. I was a little afraid and I didn't know quite what to say. Then I began blogging more, read more, got comfy and said hello occasionally. I woz 'ere. It felt like the right thing to do, seeing as they'd gone to the trouble to inspire me and all. And especially if they'd put their life out there... Then I noticed the more comments I left, the more I got on my blog. The more people read. My Creative Space, was the beginning of a bloggy community that I began to feel a sometimes part of. It was a nice thing. I looked forward to catching up with what people were up to.
Then life got busy. I tend not to read blogs if I haven't got time to comment. I don't comment on every post, but I usually comment somewhere if I've visited. Because it still seems like the right thing to do. Bloggy ettiquette. So I don't read blogs much at the moment (I'm scared to look at my google reader - eek!). Life is busy. One day I'll get back to visiting again and having friends visit here too. Then, replying to their comments. Cos that's lovely, isn't it? I love it when my fave peeps reply to one of my comments. Now, I'm probs never going to be a professional blogcon-going mommy blogger, or have a list of sponsors or the like funding my blog, not from where I sit now, but I suppose things can change. Right now, I blog for me, for the owlets, for friends & family far away, and for our records for our home education registration, so its all good if peeps don't get here to read.
Thing is though, they are reading... quietly. More peeps than ever! I wonder what they think? I know our family number among them (hi family!), but I wonder who else is there? See, blogging seems to have changed. Peeps don't say hello as much. Even on linkups, they don't leave a comment, just a link. I know others have noticed it too (they tweeted it). And I expect it's because we're all too busy tweeting and liking on our iThingamies. Our communication reduced to grunts as we catch the bus home or breastfeed the baby to sleep. We are busier now. But I miss people taking the time to say hello. I woz 'ere.
So... In the interest of community and communication and Blogtoberfest, I'll be making an effort to read more, comment more and reply to your comments when I can. To break the ice, I'm having a few giveaways this month. Each Friday night in October, I'll post up a giveaway. What I want you to do is put a comment below and then come back and comment on a post during the week. If you happen to be around. Then I'll choose a winner at random, using Random.org, or Little Owlet, cos she rocks at random things.
This week, I'm giving away this little garden skirt. It's size 0-2. A double layer of cotton, with ribbons and an elastic waist. Simple, easy, comfy. Just like blogs + comments should be! Please leave a comment below, then pop back in sometime during the week if you'd like to win. And have a brilliant weekend. xx
PS. The owlet shop is now closed for a spell. Look out for it in a new, revamped format in coming weeks.
PPS. Head over to CurlyPops for a huge list of other Blogtoberfest giveaways!