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Call for Comments

Others have wondered about comments people leave in journals…why some people do leave comments and why others never do. I think all of us who write these things wonder about the answers to these questions.

The thing is, comments, though welcome, aren’t required, so there’s absolutely nothing wrong with visiting 50 journals a day for 365 days a year and never leaving a single one. No one can fault you for that.

There are several websites devoted to monitoring journals from AOL and other sources. These sites are designed for people with quite a few “favorites” on their list, and whenever a new post is detected, they notify the user. I use Bloglines for this task; at the moment, I have about 70 journals on my list. Some are updated daily, some semi-weekly, and a few haven’t been updated in a couple of weeks. (They’re on the verge of being removed from my list.)

But this entry is intended to be a little different. This time, whether you’ve been here before or are visiting for the first time, whether you leave comments all the time or have never left one before, just this once, I’m actually asking you to leave one.

I’m not fishing for complements…I’d just like to see who comes by for a typical post.

Even if you hate this journal and think everything it contains is total garbage, leave a comment anyway. Don’t know what to say? Just type “Hi” and sign your first name. If you have a journal yourself, please leave a link. I’m always looking for new ones to add to my list for regular visits. If you don’t have a journal, that’s fine, too. Just say hi.

So go ahead…leave a comment. Then you can take a “blog walk” through the other journals that people mention in their comments. (If you’re going to leave a comment, you might as well get a little promotion out of it for your own journal, right?)

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.