Why blog comments are so important

I’ve been running off and on since I was in high school. Since that time I’ve really loved running but it wasn’t until 6 or 7 years ago that I began running consistently. Once I got serious about running and racing I started perusing the internet for any information I could find that would help me develop as a runner. That’s when I discovered running blogs.

I’ve read many running blogs over the years, some more consistent than others. I’ve commented on many of them and I have actually met a few of the people whose blogs I regularly read. I started my own blog because I wanted to share some of the things that happen to me when I’m out running and it kind of evolved from there. I really didn’t know if anyone would read and that didn’t really matter because it became cathartic in a sense, and so I kept with it and I have also continued to read blogs myself.

comments

Sometimes it isn’t easy to find the time to read all of the blogs that I love but when I do, if I really like the post, I want the writer to know it and I take the time to leave a comment. Despite the fact that I run my own little business and do all of the marketing for MacGyver’s company, take care of two houses, and a cabin, have a husband, a kid, and two dogs, I will take the time to tell you that I like your post because I want you to know.

And that is also the very same reason that I take the time to reply to every single person who leaves a comment on my blog. Because I care. Because I know how busy you are and I know you have a life and a job and things that are far more important than my little ol’ running blog but yet, you take the time to leave a comment, for me. And regardless of whether we have the same opinion or not, that means something. So if it takes me 10 minutes or a week to respond it doesn’t matter, the point is, I will reply to you.

Your comments count

Granted, I don’t have hundreds of comments a day to sift through and I have been quite lucky in that most of the people who have commented on my blog have been super supportive, but even if that changed, I would continue to make an effort to reply to every single person even if it meant that I had to write fewer posts.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect every blogger out there to reply to every single commenter, it’s just something that I myself feel strongly about. Whether that changes in the future, who knows? But to be perfectly honest, I doubt it will because when you take the time to respond to me, I appreciate it and I want you to know.

Now, tell me anything you want to, anything at all.