I like to have a little catch up with blog posts when the alarm goes off in the morning and I’m having my first cuppa.
I am very inspired by other peoples blogs and I love the way that I am always able to read something that sets me up with a really positive start for the day.
Last week I discovered another benefit to blogging.
I wrote a post Are You Missing With Your Kissing which was a tongue in cheek reflection on the complexities of greeting people these days. Have a little read if you missed it.
I love to write posts like this as they make me giggle when I am writing them. I also like to work on the rule of thumb that surely one other person will have experienced the same thing.
If not, I know it’s time to worry.
Fortunately, it turns out that I am not alone with the kissing lark but I also got something really special back from this particular post.
I had some really fabulous comments and I also had the pleasure to ‘meet’ Veronica at Of Mice and Ramen who commented and shared the fact that in Malaysia it is an offence to show public displays of affection. Veronica also very kindly directed me to a wonderfully poignant piece that she had written for Mothers Day 2015. Do have a look.
This got me to thinking that, as a race, we haven’t always been so forthcoming with affection. If we look back to Victorian times, such public displays of affection certainly weren’t at the top of the etiquette list and would have been deemed inappropriate.
I guess we have relaxed a little since.
I really enjoyed the exchange I had with Veronica through the comments section of my post. It was also really useful to get a comment from another blogger with a completely different perspective to mine.
I think it’s true to say that we all get a lot from the comments on our blog posts and that we really value the time someone takes to post something relating to what we have written.
It also made me value being a blogger even more because of the opportunity to link up with others whose lives are very similar but also very different from my own.
It made me realise how important it is to keep checking comments and also the comments I make on other bloggers posts.
This can be hard sometimes as despite ticking all the notification boxes when commenting, responses to comments can still get missed. And, of course, not all blogs have this facility.
I always try to keep a note where I have made a comment and am particularly interested in the bloggers response. I will keep checking back to try to avoid a response going unnoticed.
Veronica found my blog on the #KCACOLS hosted by Franca at A Moment With Franca. This is a great linky and there is lots of interaction and commenting encouraged in Franca’s community.
I was also the post before Veronica’s and the rules of this particular linky require bloggers to comment on the link before their own.
There has been some debate about this across different ‘linkies’. I guess sometimes it can be hard to comment on the blog before your own if the content doesn’t resonate. Generally though, there is always something to say of some relevance rather than an overly obvious platitude.
I’m glad that Veronica did take the time to comment on my post.
I’m also glad that I pursued the exchange and had the pleasure of learning about Malaysian culture.
I enjoyed reading other posts on Veronica’s blog and I am grateful that I was able to make this link.
It would be really interesting to hear from others with similar stories.
I would also be very interested to hear of other bloggers ‘fail safe’ methods of checking whether their comments to others have been responded to if there is no notification facility.