It’s recently come to my attention that I suck.
Well, I guess I’ve known it for a while, but I’ve only just now realized how bad it actually is.
Perhaps you’ve noticed it. Actually, I’m pretty sure you have. How cold you not? It involves you!
You see, I’ve been pretty much the worst person ever at responding to your comments. I’m not really when or why I became so neglectful of them – though I know I wasn’t always this horrible at it. But somewhere along the line I fell into a down-hill-slide and today I’m absolutely terrible at it. So, I’m sorry! And I hope you’ll find a way to forgive me.
And I’ll try to do better – I promise!
You see, I’ve actually always felt extremely intimidated by comments. Don’t get me wrong – I love them! And nothing feels better than having people positively respond to, or interact with, something you’ve written. But for some reason, I get super anxious at the idea of responding to them. Seriously, I have no idea why! It should be easy – it’s certainly not rocket science, and you definitely don’t have to write a masterpiece. A thank you, an answer to a question, a commiseration, or a “Heck yes!” are really all that’s required. I mean, honestly, most responses shouldn’t take more than a sentence or two.
So what’s my deal? Why do I find it to be quite literally the hardest part about blogging?? I just can’t figure it out.
But, I DO have a plan. Lots of plans, actually, for the blog, that I’m going to be implementing in the next few months – many of them small – but they’re all part of a much larger plan to make some even bigger changes over time. And one of those changes will be that I WILL be responding to your comments! Even if it kills me! (Not to be overly-dramatic or anything).
Because most of all I want this blog to be a place for people to connect, to share their stories, and their inspiration – and the best (and really only) way to foster that connection is to be an active participant in the discussions, myself.
So bear with me as I get my act together over the next few weeks or so – and don’t be surprised if you find me responding to ages-old comments as I practice!
What is the most difficult/intimidating/anxiety producing part about blogging, for you? Do you find it hard to respond to comments? Or is it easy for you? What is your best piece of advice for someone who struggles with it?