when i first started my blog it was purely so people i had left behind when we moved to canberra could see what i was up to. it was early days of knit-blogging then and i had no idea what i was doing. i was thrilled when i got one or two comments, and eventually i discovered a whole world of knit-blogging and the friends that came with it.
as time passed, the blog became more of a personal and creative outlet, and the decision to move to wordpress was so i could add more of myself through the extra pages, and start to leave a more permanent record (which of course i may come to regret!). i did worry that i might lose some readers, because i have come to love getting comments, and i was worried that the initial moderation thing on wordpress would put some people off.
but i have been more than pleasantly surprised. one of the interesting things about wordpress is the stats it gives you about your blog, numbers i have never been worried about before. but now i know that the other day, when i posted about the blue malabrigo, i had 74 views. how wild is that! and i got very many exceptionally thoughtful, kind and considerate comments.
this made me think two things, one: it’s time to say thank you, and two: what makes for good commenting? so in the spirit of the thank you, i bring you my first ever blog contest! apparently its all the rage but ive never done it before. so here i am, offering one lucky reader a skein of beautiful knitabulous hand-dyed 50/50 silk merino in a colour i am calling ‘roomy blue’, because it matches the colour of my blog theme!
this is one of my all time favourite yarns, with a beautiful smooth finish and luscious sheen, and the skeins have a generous 120g which is more than enough to make the large version of aestlight, for example!
but theres a catch. yes you have to leave a comment, but i want to know your thoughts on commenting. i know there are unspoken comment etiquettes, like try and say something nice, and if you want to get them you have to give them. i think i have a few expectations in my head, that my good friends will always comment, for example, and i always comment on a number of blogs i read regularly. with wordpress i am now able to reply to comments, which opens up the discussion even more. but it can be hard to comment, there is the expectation to think of something new, original, witty or wise to say. as a blogger, i try and write posts that leave room for people to comment, to discuss, to share ideas. sometimes i think i dont do that as well as i might. how many times can you say ‘oh nice stripey socks’ for example. or ‘cute dog’, even!
i know we write ultimately for ourselves, but when we know we have an audience, do we have a responsibility? and as a commenter, are the expectations too high? i was so thrilled with the comments that people left on the last post, they really helped me change my thinking, and lift my mood. thats a rare gift to recieve in this allegedly disconnected digital age. but it surprised me even more to know there are many more who might be reading but not commenting. well here’s your chance! have your say! let me know you’re out there and what makes you comment. or not.
im heading off to spend the weekend with bells and look at some pretty pictures. i will leave the contest open until monday night (australian eastern daylight saving time) and will draw the winner before i post again.
have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for reading, even if you dont comment!