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Thanking Some Early Commenters

Posted by on Nov 3, 2010

I’m not quite there yet, but I’m closing in on 3 full years of writing this blog. Like most blogs, this one took awhile to start picking up any steam whatsoever. I got my first comment 3 days after I started this blog from a friend of mine, and another friend followed up a couple of days after that. I got my first comment from someone I didn’t know almost 2 weeks after I started writing this blog.

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Since those early days I’ve made a few changes. The first significant change was adding CommentLuv to this blog in May of 2008. That really signified the turning of the corner, and though I’m not going to say I was an overnight success, things did start improving some. The second significant change was having my posts go directly to Twitter, though I had started posting the links to articles I was writing in April 2008.

Anyway, since the first comment I’ve received 11,587 total comments on this blog, and I appreciate all of them. But I wanted to give some love to my early commenters if possible, and that’s what this post is about. Some of those early folks are gone or never had blogs to begin with. Some never came back again, but that’s okay. We all need a bit of encouragement when we start, and I’m happy that these folks played with me. A name or two might pop up here and there that you’re familiar with; let’s see what we find. By the way, I was kind of inspired to do this post because of Tia Peterson, who writes Biz Chicks Blogs and wrote a post where she highlighted what she considered as the best comments her blog got that week.

My friend Sue is a life coach, and she was one of the early posters here and has started posting comments again recently. Her business is called Dreamscape International, and she’s pretty good, concentrating on relationships and the like. No, I’ve never had to use her for that. lol

Our friend Sire was one of the early commenters here as well. Back then he was commenting from a different blog that I refer to as his BS blog, but y’all know I have those staid American sensibilities, so I’m going to pop up his Wassup Blog instead. He’s still a regular contributor, and I appreciate it greatly.

A guy named Jonathan showed up when I had a post in a financial topic. His blog is called Master Your Card and it’s on finances, especially credit cards.

Another friend of mine, Kelvin, was an early commenter; he’s pretty much disappeared since then, but we still talk all the time on Twitter and get to breakfast here and there. He has many sites and things he’s doing, but when he commented he was promoting his site, so that’s the one I’m sharing with you. At some point I think he’ll end up setting it up as a portal site to direct you to all the other stuff he does; at least that’s what I’d do.

Heidi was a Ryze friend who was also one of my early Facebook and Twitter friends. Her blog is called Connect Simply, and she’s a business motivational coach.

Larry’s blog has really taken off, and I think we pretty much started near the same time. He calls it Online Social Networking and he talks about social media, business networking and of course the internet in general.

Dave was also a one time visitor, whose blog is called Dave ‘n Judy. Looks like he hasn’t written anything new in awhile since he wrote a book that he talked about, but he used to write on computers and things like that.

Josh is another one of my good friends, the one who was with me when I wrote my story about the key. His blog is his name, Josh Shear, and he pretty much writes about anything like me.

This guy Tim busted on me for talking about Joel Comm messing up. He kind of missed the point, but that’s okay because it was a comment. He doesn’t have a blog, but linked to his website on massage products.

And finally, this lady commented twice in those early days, and I haven’t seen her again since. Her blog is called Style Frizz and her name is kpriss; that’s it, and I did try to find a real name. It’s on fashion, and it’s actually pretty neat; I’m just not a fashion guy, but it’s for women anyway.

And there you go. I think those folks, some of whom are still around, for helping me bring this blog into some kind of prominence. One of these days, I might do the same for my business blog; I doubt it, though. 🙂

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Good of you to acknowledge old friends, Mitch. And congratulations on the milestone — that’s impressive.

Following your advice in this post, I started a CommentLuv account. I’ve been trying to understand exactly what it is and if I’ve completed the process, but I’m confused. I also added Facebook to my WordPress blog (under Sharing), but again, I don’t know exactly what that means. Advice from anyone would be appreciated.

November 3rd, 2010 | 10:14 AM

I took a quick look at your blog, Charles. CommentLuv does two things. By signing up for it, on most blogs you can now choose from your last 10 posts and select the one you want to show when you comment on someone else’s blog. For your blog, once you add the plugin people will see the same type of choice at the bottom of your comment box that you see on mine. You must not have installed the plugin because I don’t see it on your blog yet.

Yup, with the pace I’ve set for myself, sometime in the second half of December I should hit post #900.

November 3rd, 2010 | 10:33 AM

Hi Mitch
It’s good to acknowledge those people who were around in the early days isn’t it? That was one reason I wrote my latest post. For me it was more about the people who have cheered me on and those who have helped me out with my techie tasks when I get stuck. All bloggers whose posts I enjoy reading and hopefully who enjoy what I write too. And it must have struck a chord with a lot of people cos the traffic has been going off since I published it. As always Mitch, thanks for sharing a part of your blogging journey with us.
Patricia Perth Australia

November 3rd, 2010 | 9:42 AM

Pat, we all love being complimented, and thus we go out of our way to get it and acknowledge it. 😉

November 3rd, 2010 | 10:11 AM

Really nice nice post! You’re the third person who has done acknowledgments today; yesterday I wrote a Thank YOU! page under my Author tab to give a shoutout to the folks who have helped me the most.

Showing your community – it’s a grand thing!

November 3rd, 2010 | 10:49 AM

Thanks Barb; and to think, I actually wrote this 3 days ago. Must be we’re all on the same wavelength.

November 3rd, 2010 | 3:23 PM

Wow, I am impressed and a little jealous of all your comments. I have a really hard time getting commenters, even when I flat out instruct them to do so on facebook and the end of the post. Only found comment luv a few weeks ago and so far it’s only brought me a few commenters. On the other hand, it has exposed me to a ton more blogs for me to interact on. Keep up the good work.

November 3rd, 2010 | 11:26 AM

Susan, I think you’re going to start getting lots of commenters as you start visiting other blogs and people get to see who you are and what you write about. And thanks for the comments about this blog; I enjoy having people comment here.

November 3rd, 2010 | 3:24 PM

Congratulation for you 3 years blog anniversary. I hope you will blog long enough and get so much commenters that you wont be able to mention them all in a single post.
Congrats and long life:)

November 3rd, 2010 | 2:22 PM

Thanks Alex. Course we still have another month, but I figured if one of our radio stations can already be playing Christmas music, I can acknowledge ahead of time.

November 3rd, 2010 | 3:25 PM

Hi Mitch – Congratulations on 3 years! I have a long way to go to get there, and it’s always encouraging to see that people are somehow still able to find things to say 3 years into blogging. I’ll have to look back over your posts (I’m an archives snooper) and see what you were talking about then versus now. It’s always very intriguing for me to see that.

Thank you for linking to my blog here.


November 3rd, 2010 | 2:37 PM

Sorry about the “@really old keywords no longer used” thing after my name. It was in my auto-fill from my browser! Feel free to edit that on the backend if you’d like.


November 3rd, 2010 | 2:39 PM

Nah; as long as I get to see a regular name, I don’t pay any attention to the rest of that stuff.

November 3rd, 2010 | 3:26 PM

No problem Tia; I love finding inspiration wherever I can. I also like to look into people’s archives from time to time.

November 3rd, 2010 | 3:26 PM

Congratulations, Mitch. I am happy that you will soon celebrate your 3rd blogging anniversary. 🙂 I also appreciate what you are doing here, acknowledging the people who commented on your posts early on in your blogging career. I believe that is really an impressionable and admirable thing to do.

I am admittedly new at this and hope that I will also achieve the same kind of success that you have here in time.

November 3rd, 2010 | 9:16 PM

I’m sure you will, Wes. Just write your content, participate in the community, and you will grow quickly.

November 4th, 2010 | 12:25 AM

I am all about the business of supporting other bloggers because there are some really good ones out there. Yes, I agree you should visit other blogs but it should never be one-sided and when you’re the one always commenting on a blog and that blogger doesn’t reciprocate, it’s one-sided and probably selfishly motivated. Or perhaps, the subject matter isn’t interesting but irregardless, it’s always nice to know someone has read your blog and commented if you’ve taken the time to read theirs–would you agree with that Mitch?

November 3rd, 2010 | 10:35 PM

I would certainly agree with that, Bev, while acknowledging that not every blog is for everyone. For instance, there are blogs I visit because folks stop by here, and when I read them I have no real understanding of what they’re talking about. That kind of leaves me out there, so I just don’t say anything. There are women-themed blogs that only talk about women’s issues that I don’t comment on all that often either because, well, I’m not a woman. But often I can find something somewhere that I might be able to contribute to here and there. That’s when it gets a bit difficult, but at least I do try.

November 4th, 2010 | 12:29 AM

Keep it up Mitch, I love your blog and I am reading it everyday. I see that you’ve got a good friends that are commenting here everyday.

November 4th, 2010 | 3:35 AM

Thanks Carl; doing what I can to create a wonderful community.

November 4th, 2010 | 9:43 AM

I find it hard to get people to comment. Out of say 1000 views I might get 10 or 20 to comment, many will send me an email instead.

Even though Ive got the DO FOLLOW enabled and sensible comments get them valuable link juice

November 4th, 2010 | 6:01 AM

Peter, I think your blog works well, and maybe you just need more time. You don’t have an archives or categories list for folks to look through, and I notice you don’t internal link as much as you link to outside sources. Maybe helping folks find more of your older content would help, even though you do have an extensive list of recent posts. But I think all of us get a wildly higher percentage of viewers than commenters; I appreciate who does come by, no matter what.

November 4th, 2010 | 9:45 AM

Thank you Mitch and happy blogiversary!

November 4th, 2010 | 6:22 PM

Thanks Larry, and glad to give you some publicity, though it looks like you don’t need it. 🙂

November 4th, 2010 | 7:19 PM

This was the one where I lost my comments but I think I was telling you that I liked how you returned the support.

I also mentioned that I thought Tia was blogging for years … can’t remember now … but I tried to add my sense of wit.

I didn’t know you knew Larry! Maybe I know him through you. 😉

November 5th, 2010 | 11:36 AM

Thanks Kissie. I don’t even know how I found Larry, or how he found me.

November 5th, 2010 | 11:39 AM

Wow Mitch, how time flies. So I was one of your original commentators huh? If my memory recalls your American sensibilities caused you to ask me not to use my BS blog as a link on one of your other blogs. Say, can I use my sex blog instead? 😀

This is a nice post mate and I thank you for mentioning me. Now to give it a tweet.

November 8th, 2010 | 8:25 PM

Sire, you kill me. And you’re right, it was my American sensibilities and you acquiesced as well, but I never removed your original links. Hey, maybe that’s what got me banned! lol You’ve been a loyal visitor over all these years, and I appreciate it, as well as the games of chess.

November 8th, 2010 | 9:08 PM

I suppose my ignoring the question the answer is no. lol

November 8th, 2010 | 10:02 PM

Actually you didn’t ignore it; I just let it go. lol

November 8th, 2010 | 11:58 PM

Awesome way to recognize and show appreciation for those good folks that comment and interact on your blog. I know for one seeing that you appreciate people stopping by and interacting is what caused me to leave this comment and subscribe to your blog.

November 15th, 2010 | 10:47 AM

Thanks John. I figure it was great to recognize those people who helped me feel the spirit to keep writing.

November 15th, 2010 | 1:19 PM

I’m still dreaming of the day when I get some actual people commenting rather than just spambots…

November 16th, 2010 | 9:39 AM

Welcome Paul, and I understand the frustration. I went to take a look at your blog; Psychic Octopus eh? And your name is Paul; go figure! lol I think you’re doing the right thing in commenting on other blogs to get some notice, and your dating tips link here might get a couple of people there. Course, when I saw the actual “dates” I paused for a quick minute, then laughed. But I’m also married, so I’ll say to any of you single people, go check out Paul’s linked post here.

November 16th, 2010 | 9:45 AM
Katherine Shepherd:

Hey Mitch!

It’s nice to hear that you show appreciation to your past commenters. That’s so kind of you though this is just my first time to get to visit and read your blog.
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November 2nd, 2011 | 6:16 AM
Elliot Savage:

Hi Mitch,

It’s so nice of you to reward your past commenters. I am not one of those past commenters but I do appreciate you for thinking about those people who have visited and shared their thoughts on your blog.

November 16th, 2011 | 12:10 PM

Elliot, it’s what I do from time to time. I appreciate anyone that writes consistently good comments on this blog.

November 16th, 2011 | 10:04 PM