One of my very best friends lives in Oklahoma. And one of my other very best friends is his wife. They moved from here to there about six years ago. Jody and Sylvia have a daughter who is getting married, and Sylvia had a bridal shower for her here, back home, where their family and lots of other friends live. So, they asked me to help decorate and prepare for the shower.
Of course I said yes…I would do anything for them.
Two days later, I got a lovely note from Bethany. A thank you note, that was personal and gracious. It wasn’t a text, it wasn’t a post on facebook, it wasn’t twittered, it wasn’t even emailed. It was a hand-written-put-a-stamp-on-the-envelope-and-old-fashioned-mail-it kind of thank you note.
|old letters from my collection|
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with a phone call or a text, or an email, or whatever…I’m really not.
But as we grow further and further away from the old-fashioned niceties, a hand-written note stands out in the world of electronic communication.
|Vintage typewriter from the roadside.|
I have a basket full of them saved from over the years.
A basket full of sentiments. I appreciate that kind of effort.
And then it got me thinking about blogging, and why we do it, and what we expect the interaction to be. I’ve been blogging for many years. I once read and commented with some frequency on a knitting blog, and once, the author of that blog (I've long since forgotten who she is) unabashedly made a statement about how much she loves comments…and that she would roll around naked in comments if she could! That has stuck with me all these years! But what I think she was really saying is that she values the interaction, and the conversation, and the opportunity to enjoy a new “pretend friend” as my blogging friend Kathyb calls us!
So, I’m wondering, how do you respond to blog comments? Do you email personally in response? Do you leave another comment to answer? Do you not answer at all? What’s everyone doing these days?
Do you leave comments? What prevents you from leaving a comment and being a “lurker?” Is there interference from “word identification” or having to click out of your Google Reader?
How important is the social network connection to your blog? Do you have links to Facebook, Twitter, yada, yada, yada?