Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
Is it too late to reply?
So most of you who follow me and leave comments are VERY aware that I recently spent three days responding to something like 275 late comments. You know this because you automatically get an email notification every time I respond to your comment. And you got a LOT of emails.
At first it wasn’t so bad, the comments were just a couple weeks old. But by the end I was replying to comments that were months old. The oldest comment I replied to was left March 28th. And I replied July 21st. That was bad. And I found myself thinking, it it too late to reply? Should I just throw in the towel and start over?
There’s a couple reasons why I didn’t stop and responded to every comment, even though some of them seemed sort of ridiculous to reply to.
- I love getting comments. I get them in my email and I read them on my smart phone immediately. They make me smile. If there were an easy way for me to reply to them from my smart phone via email or something I’d probably never get very far behind.
- I want you to know that I love those comments. The only way for you to know I read the comment is for me to respond.
- The other big reason is that I have this plugin that tells me how many unanswered comments I have. And I really couldn’t handle going forward for years (because I plan to have this blog FOREVER) with that number never getting to zero. That’s why I respond to the comments that require little more than a thanks, or even just a smiley face.
As I got back to the earliest comments I realized why I had fallen so behind – the moment I fell behind was the anniversary of a loved ones death. I thought I had moved through it really well – though I did fall into a bit of a slump, I thought I bounced back pretty well. But even after 15+ years I guess it hits me pretty hard.
I fear that this may happen again next year, though now that I’m aware of how it impacted my blog I hope I won’t let it happen again. So… I hope that you didn’t feel it was too late to get those responses because if it does happen again I really want to sit down and send those replies again.
Rereading all your comments made me laugh at times, remember some really great moments over the last couple months, and – when I got to those earliest comments from those of you who sent your encouraging comments – I shed a few tears. It was a nice reminder of why I love this community. I didn’t answer comments, except for a haphazard one here and there, for three and half months and still you came and left your comments. I read them all when they came in, and though you didn’t know it at the time, you were all pulling me out of a sad place by just being there. I took me going through them and replying to realize just how much I owe you all.
So all those annoying emails you got were actually little badges of thanks for being there. Thanks 🙂
What’s the oldest comment you’ve replied to? Did it feel too late?