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Posted by on Dec 31, 2011

I debated many things when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to talk about with the last post of the year. Did I want to talk about blogging again? Maybe writing? Maybe a rant on some social media event that irked me?

While I was conflicted I decided to address some comments, and there’s where I found what I was going to talk about; comments! But not just any ol’ thing. I was going to talk about the number of comments, as in more than 20,000. Yesterday I hit the 20,000 comment mark on this blog; yay! That’s a lot of people. Now, about 40% of the comments are mine, but I think responding to the comments of others is pretty important, especially when they’ve put some time and effort into it, and that still means that at least 12,000 of those comments are from y’all, so I thank you for it.

I tend to think that comments are kind of the life blood of a blog. True, some people could care less about comments, and they either block them altogether or never respond to any that they get. I think that’s discourteous, and I can’t see myself doing anything like that. I look to things that turn out to be milestones as a way of motivating myself to do bigger and better things. And even though I’m expecting my traffic to slip some over the next month or so, I hope that by keeping up with my content on a regular basis and controlling what my topics will be better that I’ll turn the corner and progress further in the new year than I did this year.

It is in that spirit that I thank all of you that commented and visited this year, and I hope for more as time goes on.

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20,001 – I agree with you about comments they are like the tachometer of a blog. When you are full of comments you’re running at high revs, without comments you’re just at idle.
May 2012 be a very prosperous and fulfilling year for you and yours!
Happy New Year!
Rick Lelchuk recently posted…And now, a message from lifeMy Profile

December 31st, 2011 | 11:15 AM

Thanks Rick; I won’t say I live for the comments, but it’s really nice when I get them. Kind of shows some approval for the work. You have a great new year as well.

December 31st, 2011 | 11:51 AM

Happy New Year, Mitch! I wish 100k comments through 2012, Alexa 10k rank and to monetize all your projects successfully.
I agree, comments are one of the most critical part of blogs and need special attention by every blogger. Haha, thanks for the video, really cool one, bring back a lot of memories.
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December 31st, 2011 | 8:26 PM

Thanks Carl, and I wish you the same as well. I know I have to help your site by writing some more; got caught up in some other paying projects lately; you know how that goes. Let’s all make 2012 the most profitable year possible.

January 1st, 2012 | 1:55 AM

It will definitely be more profitable. No worries, Mitch. I know how are thing going and that you are very busy. Sure, we will catch up with this, there will be many opportunities. Keep in touch!

January 1st, 2012 | 7:33 AM

Happy New Year Mitch. Great post and I loved the video, not sure what one had to do with the other but I loved it. Here’s to a great blogging year. The best ever. And thanks for being a great mentor.

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December 31st, 2011 | 11:08 PM

Hi Nick, and Happy New Year to you as well. The video has nothing to do with the post specifically except I said I wanted to offer something I hoped people would enjoy because I enjoyed it; nothing deeper than that. lol

January 1st, 2012 | 1:56 AM

In most cases, comments keeps me going and that is why I usually spent more time in replying my blog commenters…thanks for sharing this information and happy new year to you.
Olawale Daniel recently posted…GoodBye 2011 – Round up for 2011My Profile

January 1st, 2012 | 1:58 AM

Thanks Olawale; comments really do make you feel a sense of validation, right? Keep up the good work.

January 1st, 2012 | 3:18 PM

congrats on your success Mitch
i wish that you reach the 100,000 Comments soon 🙂

January 1st, 2012 | 3:54 AM

Thanks Farouk; that’ll be a challenge but I’m not afraid of it. lol

January 1st, 2012 | 3:17 PM

Congrats Mitch Mitchell for this post. Most of the admin delete the comment without reading their topic. Are you agree with it? Everyone should reply on the comment. Anyway Happy New Year.

January 1st, 2012 | 9:58 AM

Felix, I’ll delete comments where I know the person didn’t read the content, or at least didn’t address it in any way. I have no qualms about that; I’ve written about it. If a comment isn’t advancing a post then there’s discretion. But I’ve also taken the position that not every comment deserves a response if it barely passes. Unless you have a history with a blog, if you don’t put your best effort forth in writing a comment, or at least make an attempt at it, then one shouldn’t expect a response. You at least wrote enough to ask a proper question, so you deserved a response. Have a great 2012.

January 1st, 2012 | 3:21 PM
Cheng Lee:

Happy new year to all and congratulation Mitch, your shorter post is very lovely and you are also correct that “comments are kind of the life blood of a blog”.
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January 1st, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Thanks Cheng; people love getting comments on their blogs and I’m no different. Great success in the new year.

January 1st, 2012 | 3:21 PM

holy crap that is a lot of comments. Soon you’ll hit 50k!! I agree in responding and creating a dialog as opposed to just a one sided spewing. Happy new year Mitch. cheers,
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January 1st, 2012 | 2:01 PM

Thanks Brid, and welcome to the blog. It’s funny when you look up one day and realize where you’re at. Now that you’ve got me thinking about it, I need to go check Twitter to see if I’ve reached 50,000 tweets yet… nope, 840 to go. lol Have a great 2012!

January 1st, 2012 | 3:27 PM

I’m with you Mitch, I think it’s best to reply to most of the comments when possible.

Wow, 20,000 comments! That’s insane. HBT is just a little over 2,100 so far. I’m missing a zero. lol

I still have a couple minutes of Bugs Bunny left. Happy New Year my friend, I know we’re going to enjoy a fantastic 2012.
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January 1st, 2012 | 10:44 PM

Thanks Brian; I’m pretty amazed by that figure I must admit. And I’m also on the verge of post #1,200 on this blog, way ahead of schedule; ouch!

January 1st, 2012 | 11:50 PM

Congratulations on your very successful blog. I enjoy reading them and commenting on and off. I look forward to more of them in 2012. Happy new year and all the very best to you and your family.
Rummuser recently posted…Intentions – 2012.My Profile

January 2nd, 2012 | 6:14 AM

Thanks Rummuser; I hope you have a very healthy 2012.

January 2nd, 2012 | 7:50 PM

Thank you for sharing yourself with us. I look forward to comments on my business and writing blogs, but I’m okay with them not being there on my community blog. So many gripes and moans, very little value. But, I will be looking to increase the comments on ALL my sites.

January 2nd, 2012 | 1:09 PM

There you go Marcie. I don’t know your community blog, but is there a way to change it around so there’s less griping?

January 2nd, 2012 | 7:51 PM

Hi Mitch,

This was quite a bit different. While other talk about how to make more money or how to grow their business next year you were talking about us, and that’s very thoughtful of you!
Thank you! I should congratulate you for your success this year and I believe you will do more next year!


January 4th, 2012 | 3:46 AM

Thanks for the words. BTW, I usually delete comments that don’t follow the comment policy but decided this one was worth keeping.

January 4th, 2012 | 10:52 AM