With the possible exception of finding spare change under your sofa cushion, and a pair of socks in your sock drawer—without holes in the heels…
Nothing puts a smile on a bloggers face more than finding comments at the end of one of our posts. Unless you don’t own a computer or a blog—in which case you probably could care less.
But, as for the rest of us, comments at the end of any post are almost always guaranteed to bring a smile to our face.
Even when that comment comes from one, Angus (The Big Mouth Troll) MaGillicutty, who it seems regularly leaves me nothing but negative comments.
That’s right, Angus, I’ve got your number—until it becomes unlisted.
Yes, it’s nice to know that something as simple as a comment at the bottom of a post can actually bring a smile to your face.
In fact, the smiles your comments bring to my face are even bigger than the smile that crossed my face when my wife first announced that she was gonna continue to let me take out the trash—even after the kids move out.
Yay! Less to take out then.
Anyway, I’ve always felt comments were the real bread and butter of any blogs—especially mine. Apparently Mrs. Mildred Hogbottom of Terre Haute, Indiana agrees.
She writes: “Paul, thank god for the comment section of your blog. Otherwise, I would have left your blog years ago.”
You see folks, comments are what make doing a blog so much fun. For example: Try to imagine my blog without your comments? What blog you ask?
If it weren’t for all your comments, I’d have no blog. It’s sort of like saying it’s the clothes that make the man—unless you happen to be a woman. That’s what its like when you comment—they make my blog.
And that’s why I can’t wait to see who’s gonna try and ring my bell next. Uh, the bell up in the right hand corner of the screen—’cause that tells me someone was brave enough to comment.
And Viola! A real post is born.
No wonder visitors to my blog always say, “Paul, the best thing about your blog is your comments section.”
And that’s why I say with full confidence, that it’s the comments, yours, mine, and even non-bloggers that make yours and my blog the best blogs … in this price range.
Haha. A post about comments on your post. Brilliant. Thanks for the opportunity to buy into your clever scheme!!!
Clever scheme? Why, Carmel… whatever do you mean? I merely was fishing for…uh…I mean, writing about, readers who might be kind enough to take the time to comment on my blog—making my blog the greatest in all the land! Of course, should I (innocently) become the recipient of a few (million) comments, resulting in my becoming world famous—WELL. 😀
I’ll second this.
Thank you, Peggy! Let’s see now, I think that makes two comments on this post—not that I’m counting, of course. 😀
Nice Mr. Paul, I told you I wouldn’t be a stranger. You should do the atozchallenge. It’s fun and you meet a lot of new bloggers. Maybe next year. Going to sleep 😴 because if I have my days right tomorrow is Monday morning and I’m done watching Die Hard/Die Hard 2. There’s just a couple of hours out of my life I won’t get back. Blessings on your week, Scarlett79
Thank you, Scarlet, only good thoughts for your week as well. Monday!!! But that means…it’ll be five LONG days until next weekend! No! Seriously, though, have a great week, Scarlet. ‘O)
Angus leaves everyone negative comments. I take it with a grain of salt. We’re all entitled to our own opinions, but we don’t have to agree with it all because we’re fellow bloggers. Life is too short (yes, that same old line), to obsess with the negative.
You’re right, GP, seems to be his m.o. Besides, it would be boring if we all agreed on everything. That’s why I’m going to give Angus a pass on this post as I’m sure he’ll find something else to be negative about—poor guy just can’t help it.
haha, I believe you’re right.
I’ll pass that along to Angus as well—that way he won’t think I’m the only one who feels that way. 😀
I agree that the comment section of all good blogs is where it’s at. I learn so much from other people, often how wrong I am– but that’s not my point here. My point is that I enjoy your comment section and anyone who only “likes” what you write is missing the whole point of blogging. Obviously.
I do too. Like you, Ally, I feel the whole point of blogging is to experience the joy of writing and interacting with other bloggers. To escape the daily grind, while free in the knowledge that poor Angus just isn’t happy unless he’s miserable—which may help to explain why WordPress made his blog the only invisible blog on their platform. 😀
I would hate to think of your being disappointed in the number of comments after your blog, so I add one more to your list. I like your lighthearted style, and feel that reading your blog is like talking to you!
Thank you, Ronnie,—the checks in the mail by the way (making that our best-kept secret), as the wife has just finished loading the monthly “WordPress Followers” bribery account. And let me just say how delighted I am that you’ve decided to join a deliriously happy (as far as you know) list (all 3 of them) of commentators to my blog. I was thrilled to find that you felt I had style (ANY STYLE FOR THAT MATTER) in light of my recently being caught wearing mismatched socks! Unfortunately, I fear any idea that I might be a man of style may now be gone—given that I went off to work wearing my pants inside out. However, I like to think of it as being, dare I say it…DARING! It was the only way to save face. 😀
Comments are the best. Striving to write drivel that will trigger comments, is the hard part and you do it so well! Dilly dilly!
Dilly, dilly! LOL, LOL, LOL!!! Love it, thanks for that one, Kate. See, folks, blog comments even address pop culture. 😀 😀 😀
While most comments merely bring a smile to your face, mine are designed to make you want to take out the trash.
I’m even more inspired about taking out the trash than I was before. I even wanna go take out my neighbours trash! Thank you, Scott!
Clearly I am not writing good enough blogs! I have not heard of this Angus person before. I did used to get some real interesting spam comments, though. I almost miss them.
Sorry, Susan, but those spam comments you were getting were probably back when Angus was only using an alias—Ives. After he realized that his blog (Ives the Troll) was getting absolutely NO attention at all, he began trolling anew using his real name with a new blog—”The Angus (The Big Mouth Troll) Blog at WordPress.com” and he’s never looked back. Now profanity and derision fill his comments section daily. It’s all about marketing really. 😀
Sigh….you must be right. Well, at least there was a time when Angus commented. After all, it sounds like someone really isn’t considered a “true blogger” until Angus comments.
I know, but not to worry, Susan. At least now you know you’re included in good company—even if it’s only on a technicality. 😀
I guess a technicality is better than nothing. 😀
I’ve had people leave comments that are much more interesting than what I’ve posted… It’s always amazing to me… (I prefer to find fifty dollar bills under the couch rather than coins!)
Oh, I prefer finding Ulysses S. Grant under my sofa as well, but my wife has called dibs on all bills, thus leaving me nothing but Jeffersons and Roosevelts. I tell ya, Jan, I’m being nickeled and dimed to death around here! 😀
I’m not sure that a non-blogger comment truly counts as a comment, but I’ll take the risk. You are the breath of fresh air in the cluttered attic and that is no small feat in a windowless room, behind a closed door. You share your wit and wisdom, the consequences never feared. You are the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow of bloggers. Thank-you!
Ellen, you are a delight! And I’m not just saying that because you’ve managed to inflate my ego (which for some reason, now fills a void between my ears?), to the extent that I am now faced with a new challenge—how do I get my fat head through our front door? Which is an amusing, but also gratifying problem to be confronted with—unless it happens to be pouring rain outside? 😀
In the event that you may not get through the front door…could you throw my check to the mailman as he passes by your door? Thank-you!
I’ll try to do my best, Ellen. In spite of hours and hours of practice at tossing paper checks to a mailman (well, 2 and half minutes of practice really) I have managed to perfect a way of BOUNCING a check to the mailman. Of course, that kind of check has to be made of rubber—BUT HEY, IT’S STILL A CHECK! :O)
A bouncing check’s non-compensation for a non-blogger should have been anticipated. At least I have the satisfaction of a job well done, although it is difficult to live on it.
On the other hand, these days even making a living on a living wage is barely possible for most people. So, WELL DONE INDEED, Ellen! I think. 😀
Paul, for what it’s worth, I’m going to add my two cents (and my two cents is worth considerably less than two cents … though with inflation, it might be a nickel … though you can’t buy anything for a nickel these days except maybe a stale gumball that breaks your teeth when you chew it). Anyway, I feel compelled to comment, for how better to use the comments section than to add your two cents — I mean nickel … anyway, I think I had a point, but you already made it, so we’re in agreement! I appreciate the opportunity to express my opinion.
Alan, so glad to see ya man! Been to the “Conundrum” a few times of late just to see if you had returned home. Anyway, happy to see you’ve added your two cents worth (which is better than a penny for your thoughts), and at a nickel (appropriately adjusted for inflation) to venture an opinion on a subject WordPress will only discuss when showcasing their Discovery blogs—where I appear to be absent. No matter, though, as unsuspecting readers are occasionally sucked into this, “The Black Hole of WordPress” and fortunately feel compelled to offer an opinion on my rather overlooked twaddle. Thank you my, friend, your valuable input has been duly noted, if not by WordPress, then at least by me—which is far more important. :O)
I’ve learned some very choice words and been called some very colourful names in my comments section. Where would I be without that piece of humble pie?
Jay, you’re quite right. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that many a comment section has held similar minefields of humble pie, and (like you suggested) it’s also where modesty can become us. :O)
I agree, Paul. I always enjoy reading my comments the most. ;>) Write on, funny guy!
The comments are the best, and I’ll shall continue to do my best at attempting to give amusing responses as well. Thank you much, Mitch. ‘O)
Commenting on comments is a commentary all its own, I think. I recently read about a book that came out a couple of years back called “Reading The Comments.” It discusses the “likers, haters and manipulators at the bottom of the Web.” When interviewed, the writer said good comment systems provide ways of “filtering out the bozos.” Whenever I come across the word “bozo,” I think of a big, bright red nose. Um…never mind. (Paul, here’s to many more posts…as this is one site where the comments section always makes me smile!)
Bless you, Bruce! I can’t begin to tell you how concerned I was (so I’ll just start in mid-sentence) when I saw the word Bozo in the same sentence as the word filter—all kinds of red flags (and noses) went up. Censor a bozo? What kind of bozo (I mean, writer) uses good censor systems to sift out bozos—I mean, hey, I’m a good bozo! But, I’m very relieved to know that my big, bright, red nose is at least in good standing with you, who I regard as one of my most faithful followers—not that I would stoop to a little brown-nosing or anything so unsavoury—only a clown would do such a thing! As you know—I’m above such antics.
I’m sad to say, despite several years of life in Terre Haute, I never met Miss Mildred. Think of all the deep conversations we could have had about your blog.
There’s still hope, Sarah. Rumour has it Mrs Hogbottom is the host of some obscure late night radio talk show in Terre Haute called “The Hogbottom Hour” where she invites listeners to call in and vent about some rebel WordPress blogger who has a Red Nose. I wonder if anyone has reported her to the FCC yet?
Wow this is quite a post! A post about comments, I love it!
And whats not to love, Lynn. That’s why I love you—your comments make my posts. I hope WordPress never figures that out, though, otherwise they might actually start asking me to really write about something! Have a great weekend, Lynn. :O)
I will fully admit that the comments section on many of my missives actually far surpass the quality of the actual posts themselves. I love it when the discussion veers off in wildly entertaining directions and that tennis ball bounces back and forth. In fact, I’ve actually made posts sharing the comments on previous posts, as some of the wordplay was too golden to be left languishing and unappreciated in the hinterlands… 😉
Brian, what a fantastic idea; a post sharing only the comments! Like you said, there are often so many and you really don’t want them to go unappreciated. I say that because, I feel many times what happens is the reader doesn’t always venture beyond our posts—not that we don’t appreciate there reading our posts—and thus they miss all the great give and take that follows. 😀
Well, there are comments, and then, there are comments. I’m not sure I know the difference, but if I ever find out, I’ll comment….or comment.
I couldn’t have said it better myself, Mistermuse—which might explain why I haven’t yet tried. For years I labored under the delusion that, Comments, as opposed to, comments, were likely nothing more than remarks which take the place of, Comments. Thus rendering them as only opinions and statements—like a reply at the end of a subject or discussion. However, recently I’ve discovered that, Comments, can actually start off a sentence or paragraph. This is probably due to a big C sometimes getting put in front of, omments, thus rendering it just another word. Except, perhaps, when being used by kindergartners who often inadvertently omit the bigger C in an unconscious attempt (I suspect) to keep words like, Comments, from looking even smaller—like, comments. Of course, you can see where the confusion would come in. Naturally, this has lead to the mass hysteria which now grips the blogging community and threatens even texting and twitter users as well. All we can do now is pray that it doesn’t spread to Facebook—god knows those folks have enough to worry about! 😀
Quite right…. Comments lead to dialogue… And we need that… more than expected, considered who “paradoxicaly” isolated online life could be.
Your posts always make me smile, by the way 🙂 I admire your wittiness and intelligence! … Love & best wishes!
That’s very kind of you to say, Aquileana, and now we share a smile. Thank you. :O)
A post on comments, and then comments on comments, brilliant! I hope you are doing well Paul.
LOL! Steph, my brilliance only happens to be a by-product of you, my brilliant friends and readers, and your brilliant comments. Which, in turn, gives my blog the appearance of being brilliant while I only pretend to write brilliant pieces, which aren’t really brilliant at all, but because of all your brilliant comments manage to help make my posts look brilliant. Thus, suggesting to WordPress that In My Cluttered Attic is a brilliant blog, when, in actuality, it’s nothing more than a feeble attempt to thrive off of my brilliant reader’s brilliance. Fortunately, WordPress still hasn’t figured out that my blog is all a brilliant hoax. 😀
Now see, this right here? This could be another brilliant post. Don’t worry I’ll keep your secret from the WordPress “Powers That Be.” 😜
Thank you, Steph. I mean, this kind of brilliance should be rationed out carefully, not all willy-nilly. ONLY THEN will the “Powers That Be” over at WordPress understand why my blog is so vitally important to their very survival. You know, this brilliance thing might actually lead to my getting a five-figure check from WordPress, Steph. just think of it, me getting a check like say, $147.02—that’s five figures!
HAHAHA!!! You’ve got me crying over here.😂
😀 And I thought I was writing a humour blog.
I love getting comments and interacting with others. It’s so much fun.
Exactly as blogging should be too, buns. Nevertheless, I’m absolutely positive this commenting and responding thing is going to really catch on. So much so, I’m now thinking of investing in doing a real blog! You know, a blog where I actually do have to write something, instead of relying so heavily on my readers to produce ALL the quality material found in “My Attic.” Oh, to dream. 😀
Your content is fine as it is. And it’s Vinnieh here, I started a second blog for other content.
Hey Vin! It’s good to see you. Sorry for the delayed response but I had a quick trip that came up and well—I like money. As it so happens, the trip and the money became one. So, please accept my apologies, I’m not usually this tardy in responding—and given the nature of this post—I may have just failed in responding to comments 101. EEK! That being said, your kind comment here was most welcomed. New blog, eh? Hmm, I’ll have to check that out. :O)
Never apologise. Life comes before blogging that’s my motto.
A very fine motto indeed. :O)
I like to live by it.
I haven’t been around for a year or so and I really want to start writing again. I know the post is light-hearted and comical but I don’t have a funny comment for you. Sorry.
You were one of the first people to comment on my very first post. You may have even been the first. You shared the kindest words and gave me so much encouragement. I found a great deal of courage and strength from your comment. I have never forgotten how you took the time to help me. Every time I start thinking about writing again, you are the first thing I think about. I can’t thank you enough for making time for this “newbie”. You are awesome and amazing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Pain, you praised me with so many kind words that I’ve decided to wave my usual “comical comment expectation” clause. Just kidding, I don’t really have such a clause, or expectation—only an inadequate thank you! I’m very touched by what you said and was delighted to hear that you are writing again. If I had anything at all to do with offering you some inspiration and encouragement I’m happy I could help. I tend to primarily focus on writing humour for a living (or as my employers say, something that passes for it), but also because I feel we’re all too often bombarded with an abundance of bad news. Having said that, I wish to take a moment here to say how much I appreciated hearing such good news from you and wanted to tell you how much your heartfelt comment means to me. Truly, it is nothing short of great news! :O)
You’re right. I write all of my blogs off of readers’ emails and private message questions and comments, or life experiences with people. It really helps move the blog writing in a direction readers enjoy, even gain wisdom from. By the way, I did smile while reading your blog.
Many thanks, sifuyost. 😀