this pic has nothing to do with this post
I've had something on my mind for quite a while now, and instead of letting it fester inside, I'm getting it off my chest. Some of you will laugh, and some of you won't read this at all, but I'll feel better having said it. This is something that has happened to me time and time again and I'm sick of it. Example: I had someone leave a comment with a typo about loving my "eye scrub" recipe. There was no eye scrub mentioned in the post (who the heck would want an eye scrub? Ouch!). I had 8 others who left comments about this imaginary "eye scrub." Skip to the comments much? Let me share a story...
When I first started blogging, I made a personal goal of visiting 10 blogs a day. One afternoon, I clicked on one blog and saw pics of a beautiful girl at her wedding and lots and lots of text. In order to hurriedly meet my quota, I skipped the post and went straight for the comments. I saw a congratulatory comment and I followed suit.
And then I got an email I will never forget.
The beautiful girl at her wedding emailed me to tell me the post was NOT about her wedding, but about her husband who had just been killed in a car accident. If I had taken the time to actually read the post, instead of just hurrying to comment/copying a comment, I would've saved myself a horrible gaffe. Despite my apologetic emails and sincere comments, she never visited my blog, responded to my messages, and I didn't blame her one bit.
I learned a lesson that day and I hope you did too.
If someone takes the time to write a post, take the time to read it.
Don't copy someone's comment. Read the post first.
It is ALWAYS obvious when you don't read a post. ALWAYS.
And the sad thing is, the ones who are guilty of doing this, are the ones who stopped reading about two sentences in and instead will leave me a comment about books.
I'm grateful for each and every one of you who take the time to visit and/or leave a thoughtful comment, and so many of your comments make me smile from ear to ear. I can't thank you enough.
Developing a thick skin is part of blogging, but sometimes too much is too much. I am an emotional human, and I love sharing those feelings with you. But those insincere comments have also taught me a lesson: plot/plan/work on improving my blog. I have so many things to share with you in 2012.
I hope you join me.